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Aphrodisiacs:15 Best Herbs for Better Sex

Aphrodisiacs are anything from scent to pills. Here is a list of 15 herbs that will spring you in action the next time your libido levels drop.

Snr By Bhadra Kamalasanan / Mar 01, 2014

The Natural Aphrodisiacs

Aphrodisiac, from the word Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Sexual love and beauty, is a nerve stimulant that gets all the blood in the body to rush towards the erogenous parts of a human being, male or female. While some have it that an aphrodisiac is a matter, others think it is all in the mind. Let us forego the psychosomatic aspects of an aphrodisiac and assume that science does have some proof of presence of sexually stimulating properties in herbs. So, get ready to ignite your sexual performance by staying longer in bed with the help of these herbs.

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The King of Spices, Black Pepper

Black pepper is one of the oldest known spices in the world. It is used in the manufacturing of essential oil because of its stimulating and energizing properties. Piperine that is present in black pepper stimulates sexual function.

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Clovy Remedy for Impotence

In ancient literature it has been mentioned that cloves are an excellent remedy for impotency, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. A certain compound called eugenol, which is dense in cloves improves libido and renders an anti-depressant or mood-enhancing effect on the user.

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The Wonder Spice Ginger

The root of ginger is said to be an aphrodisiac for centuries because of its aroma and ability to improve blood circulation. It is said make the erogenous parts of one’s body hypersensitive. The gingerols and zingiberene present in ginger make it a seductive flavour in several herbal traditions.

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Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng

Ginseng has been used widely in Chinese medicine since ancient times as a treatment for sexual impotence. It is laden with anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and stimulating properties that have been said to enhance libido.

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The Bear’s Jaw or Hogweed

Maurice Messegue, once a highly controversial naturopath, had identified and magnified the aphrodisiacal properties of hogweed. He had said that of all the things that his father taught him, he learned that hogweed is the best of aphrodisiacs that exist as it can restore indispensable sexual health, the kind without which the mind as well as body is ill. He had said that bathing twice everyday in two handfuls of hogweed leaves cut by the roots into stripes, per litre of water, helped to fight frigidity and impotence in both men and women.

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The Horny Goat Weed

Or an aphrodisiacal East Asian elf flower is widely used in different parts of the world as an aphrodisiac and potency agent. Turns out, it helps the blood to flow and rush to the male genitals, just inhibiting sexual disinterests. According to the Encyclopaedia of Aphrodisiacs, the extracts of horny goat weed influences the glands as well as distribution of hormones throughout the body.

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The Horse’s Radish

Horseradish was popular in the nineteenth century because of its properties of being an arousing root. The rubbing of this root on the skin i.e. its external application triggers the flow of strong stimulants in the body. Precisely, it realises stimulants of sexual desire, thus, increasing sexual desire.

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The Olfactory Aphrodisiac, Incense

To discover that the word incense is derived from a Latin word, incendere i.e. to set on fire, you would realise why it is important to burn one in the bedroom. Incense sticks are made with a couple of herbs like the bark of cinnamon, henbane, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and frankincense all of which are aphrodisiacs themselves. Burning an incense stick has been seen as a trans-cultural phenomenon and one of the popular reasons why it has been used (after religious purposes) is because of its aphrodisiacal properties. Its aroma is said to kindle the fire of love and facilitate seduction.

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The White Flag, Iris

A popular element of aphrodisiac dances, the iris is said to be one of the flowers of Venus. In mythology, it is said to be used to make “love magic”. Because the iris appears like a testicle, it has been referred to as a flower that can be used for fertility as well as enhancing libido. Hippocrates described iris as a powerful medicine against sexual afflictions. It has been noted to strengthen sex drive among younger men.

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From the Olive Family, Jasmine

Jasmine is a very popular olfactory aphrodisiac the fragrance of which is believed to spur love and compassion among partners. If you are a literary person, you’d recall the use of jasmine’s fragrance as a metaphor for romantic feelings or feelings of love. The notion of jasmine being an aphrodisiac is pervasive all over the world.

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Kaunch Beej

This herb is instrumental in setting sexual desire aflame in the bedroom. Its consumption purges and stimulates different parts of the body that have been despairing to feel the pleasure of human touch. 

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Long Pepper

An even stronger aphrodisiac than black pepper, long peppers has been considered an enticing spice since ancient times. Traditionally, long pepper was used to strengthen the reproductive organs we well as to improve blood circulation in the abdomen. Long pepper has been said to stimulate an erection that lasts longer than usual. Creams made with long pepper have been manufactured for the sole purpose of enhancing sexual desire.

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Bed of Roses

Ever wondered why a newlywed couple’s bed is decorated with rose petals; because they are natural aphrodisiacs. There is nothing that can turn sex into passionate love-making more than the scent of freshly plucked roses. A scientific backup of this theory is that roses have anti-inflammatory properties that improve the count of blood vessels and also increase blood flow to the loins.

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The Spice of the Gods, Saffron

Saffron has a compound that is referred to as picrocrocin, which has aphrodisiac properties. This herb has been mentioned in the ancient scriptures as a stimulating herb that enhances libido. According to several studies, saffron when consumed, affects the neurotransmitters in the brain’s pleasure centre.

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The crown of Sexual Bloomingdale: White Lotus

Often used as an aquarium plant today, white lotus was known among the Greeks as a “flower of chastity”. In Rome, the flower is considered an aphrodisiac primarily because of its name Hercules club. According to the Romans, the flower increases sex drive even if it is drunk only once i.e. drunk clinically or taken nutritionally. Apparently, when the root of the flower is rubbed on the genitals, it increases libido and enhances the production of sperms, thus strengthening the body as well as mood.

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