A very important phase in most young people’s lives is their Honeymoon and how it goes is a period of anxiety for both partners. Wanting this time to go smoothly and successfully has spelled tension to all family members involved and age old remedies are often pandered to help the young couple.
References to this situation abound in Indian cinema and are often hilarious and comical but the fears are real and need to be addressed in a scientific and systematic way.
Through the ages, some of the most tempting foods were considered as aphrodisiac’s. Although the actual value of such foods is frequently debated and scientific research and thought process seems to suggest that there isn’t much scientific ground for the belief in the actual “workability” of aphrodisiac foods.You can see for yourself here
But human faith is a power unequal in nature.
Known to have a direct impact on your sex life, aphrodisiac foods affect your hormones, brain chemistry, energy and stress levels and increase the blood flow to your genitals, making it a sure shot way to up the action in the bedroom. Some of these foods have a suggestive shape. Many have arousing aromas or a sensual mouthfeel. Some foods of love raise body temperature.
Of course the most important reason to want aphrodisiac foods and use them extends far beyond the Honeymoon period of a marriage. Childbearing is one of the most important canons of marriage and wanting the best offspring brings forward the need for aphrodisiac foods. This essay throws more light on the subject
Asparagus is considered to be a great source of folic acid which boosts histamine production. It is also power packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber. The veggie is a natural aphrodisiac due to the vitamin B6 and folate, which can help boost feelings of arousal. Also, vitamin E, helps to stimulates sex hormones, mainly estrogen in women and testosterone in men.
The very shape of the fruit indicates it being phallic, it is rich in potassium and B vitamins which are important in production of human sex hormones.
Chocolate contains huge proportions of flavonoids and antioxidants. The darker the chocolate, the more potent antioxidants it contains. It also contains phenylethylamine, a form of ‘love chemical’ which releases dopamine in the pleasure centers of the brain during the sexual activity. Read more about the powers of Chocolate as an aphrodisiac here
Ajwain or carom seeds are popular. Ajwain helps to calm down and soothes, thus leading to an increase in libido. The thymol present in Ajwain is shown to improve sperm count, improving one’s chance of conception and fatherhood. The medicinal properties of Ajwain also helps in treatment of premature ejaculation and helps to improve libido.
Cardamom oil is an essential aromatic oil in increasing the sex drive. The spicy scent of cardamom stimulates the mind increasing vitality, yet is subtly sexual in nature, awaking and enlivening the sensual side of a person. In Asia it’s also been used in the treatment of depression.
There are many more such foods and they differ from culture to culture. Fruits like figs and strawberry and recommended by some people experienced in such matters. Avocado and oysters find their way to a lot of lists.
There are some dangerous and natural chemical based libido enhancers as well, the most infamous one among these being The Spanish Fly. Read about at the very end of this fascinating article about the connection between religion and aphrodisiacs here
One of the endearing images from the Indian context is of a mother entering the bridal chamber just before the lights are about to turned off and leaving a glass full of Saffron and Badam milk to strengthen the resolve of her son.
Nothing in life comes easy but being prepared is one of the things that is in our hands. So, take our advice and fortify yourself before the plunge.