Aphrodisiacs for the Chinese New Year
Aphrodisiacs or libido enhancers get you ready for sex. Other than helping you crave for more action in the bedroom and heightening your senses, they also help boost energy, sharpen memory AND fight the flab!
The term aphrodisiac is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, desire and beauty. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Among the most iconic representations of Aphrodite/Venus is Sandro Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, which portrays the goddess emerging from a clamshell. No wonder oysters are often associated with aphrodisiacal properties! No offense.
Packed in omega-3 fatty acids that boost the production of sex hormones, walnuts make a wonderful addition to your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids found in these nuts also lower the risk of heart disease and boost our brain power. Basically, if you want to be sexy and smart, consume walnuts!
You’ve heard that they pack in a punch in the bedroom, and here’s why. They are high in zinc, a mineral that increases the production of your testosterone, giving you a higher sex drive. The molluscs are also low in fat and help boost protein intake that is essential for immune function, tissue repair and hormone synthesis.
Here’s a reason to gorge on chocs: cocoa is packed with phenylethylamine, a powerful stimulant that makes us feel sexy, and in the mood for you-know-what. Choose dark chocolates over milk chocolates for added health benefits that include lowering the risk of heart disease. Dark ones are filled with essential minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and manganese.
A recent study conducted by a team at Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University suggests that a daily glass of pomegranate juice can enhance your libido. The study involved 58 volunteers, a significant increase of testosterone was observed in the subjects who drank pomegranate juice daily over a two-week period. As an added bonus, the juice ritual also lowered the blood pressure of the volunteers!
This fruit might be the answer to your speedy arousals. It contains phytonutrient, citrulline which increases nitric oxide in the human body. This increase relaxes blood vessels and improves circulation, leading to that special rush. Watermelons are nutrient dense and also prevent asthma attacks, regulate blood pressure, as well as improve both hydration and digestion.
For bigger impact, consume hotter chillis. Fiery peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that gets the blood pumping, boost circulation and stimulates nerve endings, which in turn heightens arousal. Capsaicin also has anti-cancer properties, and burns calories!
Often considered as an aphrodisiac but getting drunk may loosen your inhibitions. However, red wine is indeed an aphrodisiac because it is high in resveratrol , an antioxidant that boosts blood flow and increases circulation before and after sexual intercourse. Remember, moderation is key. Alcohol provokes desire but it takes away the performance.
(specifically the root and fruit of the plant) was used by the ancient Egyptians and Homeric sorceresses who swore by its magical properties. The Y-shape of the mandrake root was associated with a woman’s thighs and pelvic area, hence the belief that it could boost fertility. In days of old, mandrake root was also carried as a talisman and used in potions to drug an enemy. Today, it is widely believed that mandrake root is poisonous.
a waxy substance that originates in the intestines of the sperm whale, was used by ancient Egyptians as incense; its fragrance was believed to increase the libido of both sexes. Though whales are not harvested for ambergris, today’s perfumers use a synthetic compound to replicate the intoxicating scent of ambergris.
and wine from grapes, featured prominently in the sensual rites of Greek Dionysian cults, where intoxicants were employed to remove inhibitions and social constraints. The act of feeding grapes to a lovers was, and still is, thought to be sensuous.