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Common Kitchen Aphrodisiacs

Updated on May 25, 2013

Aphrodisiacs Found in Kitchen Herbs and Spices

Over the years, many common spices and herbs have offered mouth-watering tastes and enticing aromas to stimulate the appetite. But did you know that many of these same ingredients have often been included in love potions and other magical concoctions to whet a lover's sexual appetite as well? What's even more exciting is that you don't even need a physician's prescription to enjoy these aphrodisiacs everyday!

I wager that six of the most time honored "love herbs" are probably sitting in your kitchen spice rack right now, because, believe it or not, Cloves, Saffron, Pepper, Vanilla, Nutmeg, and Ginger are thought to be among the most common, yet potent aphrodisiacs around.

Other popular herbs and spices that claim aphrodisiacal properties, include garlic, mint, rosemary, sage and thyme. All of these ingredients have also been used in various recipes, incenses, essential oils and aroma-therapies to stimulate sexual attraction.

Herbal Aphrodisiac Encyclopedia

The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices
The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices

Based on the studies of 81 authors worldwide, this is a comprehensive alphabetical catalog of plants used to directly increase (or diminish) the sexual appetite and indirectly to promote the general well-being of the body.


Ginger Aphrodisiac - Sexual Stimulant

1.Ginger is often heralded as a "wonder spice". The ginger root has been known as an aphrodisiac for centuries due to it's intoxicating aroma and it's property as a circulatory system stimulant, which is thought to make erogenous zones hypersensitive.

Ginger contains gingerols, zingiberene and other agents that make it a favored seductive flavor in Asiatic and Arabic herbal traditions.

Ginger is even mentioned in the Kama Sutra under "occult practices". This chapter maintains that success in love can be improved by "aphrodisiacs, herbs, and spells." The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian text on human sexual behavior; considered by some to be the bible of sexual information.


Vanilla Aphrodisiac - Romance

2.Vanilla. The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase lust. It is one scent that can arouse both genders.

It is reported that if a man has a swig of pure vanilla extract, one hour before having sex, he will not have an impotence problem but will be very hot with passion.

According to the Australian Orchid Society,

"Old Totonac lore, has it that Xanat, the young daughter of a Mexican fertility goddess, loved a Totonac youth. Unable to marry him due to her divine nature, she transformed herself into a plant that would provide him pleasure and happiness."

Vanilla contains the widely loved vanillin, whose taste and smell conjure up romantic feelings, in the appropriate circumstances.


Vanilla Perfume Oil

C.O. Bigelow Perfume Oil - Vanilla 15ml/0.25oz
C.O. Bigelow Perfume Oil - Vanilla 15ml/0.25oz

highly fragranced oils that can be applied directly to the skin, or mixed to create your own custom scent. Sweet balanced fresh vanilla.


Clove Aphrodisiac

3. A Clove's scent was once believed to be an aphrodisiac and developed a reputation, now backed by some science, for being sexually stimulating.

For over 4,000 years, people chewed whole cloves in order to freshen their breath and it was said that in ancient China if anyone wanted to speak to the Emperor, they were required to have a clove in their mouth.

It is thought that the Clove, and some other spices and herbs, contain eugenol; this aromatic fragrance is thought to enhance sexual feelings.


Essential Aromatherapy Kit

Beginners Best of the Best Aromatherapy Gift Set- 12/ 10 ml (100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils)
Beginners Best of the Best Aromatherapy Gift Set- 12/ 10 ml (100% Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils)

Edens Garden collection includes 78 oils- The Aphrodisiac blend contains, Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Birch, Black Pepper, and Blood Orange


Nutmeg Aphrodisiac


4.Nutmeg was highly prized by Chinese women as an aphrodisiac.

Nutmeg contains myristicin and similar compounds that are related to mescalin. In larger doses, nutmeg can cause hallucinations, whereas in smaller amounts it is a traditional aphrodisiac.

Researchers dealing with the potency of nutmeg as an aphrodisiac substance found out that at low dosage it is capable of increasing the sexual activity, increasing both libido and potency, this may be due to its stimulation of the nervous system. Most males experience few if any adverse effects; thus providing a scientific rationale for the use of nutmeg in the management of male sexual disorders.

Saffron Aphrodisiac


5.Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a species of crocus. Part of saffron's magical property is the "lust", it is said to bring forth.

Medical findings, now show that saffron affects the neurotransmitters in our brain's pleasure centers, so perhaps saffron may indeed be a true aphrodisiac.

It is found to be a soothing relaxant, capable of lowering blood pressure and stimulating respiration. Perhaps, it could also contain properties that stimulate the libido and the erogenous zones.

Some say it's sexual properties are most effective when used by women.

Saffron also contains picrocrocin, which is alleged to have the ability to cause erotic sensations.


Aphrodisiac Cookbook

The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook
The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook

if you want to get your lover in the mood, look no farther than your local supermarket. Strawberries, chocolate, asparagus--even coffee--have long been considered stimulants for the romantic appetite. For centuries, folk wisdom held that foods either rare or resembling a sexual organ had tremendous power over the libido. Modern science has since debunked that theory, but there's no denying that a meal lovingly prepared and properly presented with just the right ambience can precipitate the most passionate encounters.


Black Pepper Aphrodisiac


6.Black Pepper, once called the "King of Spices", is one of the oldest and best-known spices in the world.

It was mentioned in Chinese and Sanskrit texts a few thousand years ago. India has always reigned supreme in the production and export of this most exotic and sought-after spice.

Black Pepper is a stimulating, energizing essential oil. The Pepper contains piperine; which can stimulate sexual function, according to many ancient beliefs.

Do You Believe in Aphrodisiacs?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      NIMWINDIEA Cinnamon is a powerful Aphrodisiac I have a strong libido and when i eat Cinnamon it even more intense Cayenne African Cayenne is another one try it you will love it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes, I'm a believer. I always believed that God created this world with everything we needed for everything we needed it for! I am also a sharer and I'm going to share this lenses as many places as I can! I published 2 lenses about herbs & spices. I gotta give your credit that's due. This lens makes my lenses look so boring! :) <3

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, I'm quite shocked, but can attest to the truth of this. I've had extreme fatigue, weakness and fibromyalgia for years, plus recurrent heart/lung infections (of the lining around them). I frequently have mucous in the lungs, which I knew was connected to my extreme, and growing, fatigue. I researched herbs which can be used as expectorants, and started drinking a tea of ginger, sage, rosemary and thyme - three days ago. My lungs immediately started to feel clearer and I had much more energy. But what really shocked me was my massive increase in libido. To the point of being almost alarming! I googled the spices I used plus the word aphrodesiac, and found your page. So it's not in my head!

      I was looking for something to help me cough up phlegm (which it did). Last thing I ever expected - especially after having been disabled with chronic fatigue for seven years and despite the eeww(!) factor of my last statement - was something that blew my libido through the roof.

      I think I've found a pattern already: so far it appears to be if I let the tea brew for a long time and get very strong it's better at helping my lungs, but if I drink it when it's more weak that's what seems to be the libido enhancer.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I wonder if many of the aphrodisiacs work because they actually increase oxygen in the blood or improve arthritis or other inflammatory based illnesses? Good health would indeed account for a food's aphrodisiac qualities I believe.

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      monarch13 7 years ago

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: Thanks CDT!

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      monarch13 7 years ago

      @clouda9 lm: Thanks much! Hugs right back clouda!

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      Well I certainly learned something new today. My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

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      CrazyforCollecting 7 years ago

      Such an interesting lens! Thank you for sharing.

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      sittonbull 7 years ago

      Achoo! That pepper therapy will require a paradigm shift to work on me! But I do believe that for healthy couples on the same page, herbs aka aphrodisiacs from the kitchen or better yet grown in the garden, can enhance the libido. The power of suggestion derived from research like this doesn't hurt the cause either. Very nice lens on an interesting topic.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      Who'd have thought that some of these innocent looking kitchen cupboard staples could have a "hidden side"! Lovely lens - beautifully presented and very interesting - Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      BrookeSelden 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I am involved in the art of aphrodisiacs and love meeting people with the same passions. :)

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Very well done. I am a firm believer in the sensual use of foods, herbs, and spices to spice up ones sex life.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Very lovely lens; blessed by Brenda.

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I like all of these spices already and eat them plenty. I didn't know some of these were considered aphrodisiacs ... guess that explains things! Great work!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Another blessed lens - when I see your lenses pop up I always know it's going to be good :)

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      A very pretty lens.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I never knew so many herbs are aphrodisiacs. Good lens, 5*.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      Very well done. Great idea and the pics are awesome!

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Vanilla is a wonderful room scent for relaxation, mint wakes me up a bit more. Herbal scents are perfect for setting a mood 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust