In an attempt to kick my butt and start blogging again, I’m taking the A-Z Blog Challenge. As an erotica writer, of course the first thing that came to mind was A Is for Aphrodisiacs. Then came all the kinky things I could conjure up for the other letters of the alphabet. It was kind of scary, to be honest. I had no idea I was that demented. I’ll try to keep the blog posts to a PG-13 level, but I might not be able to resist some of the topics that popped into my head.
I’ve always found this concept of aphrodisiacs quite fascinating. Personally, I’ve yet to find anything that makes me randy other than a hot man who wants me. Well, that and someone who makes me laugh. Oh goodness, if he laughs at something I say, I lose my panties. So, for me intelligence and a sense of humor is all it takes. That being said, I gladly tried green M&Ms and Spanish Fly to see what effects they had on me. Only problem was, I was trying them with a hot guy who made me laugh, so I think the test results were somewhat skewed.
I did a little research a couple of years ago for a romantic, aphrodisiac-filled dinner. Since I have a seafood allergy, I had to pass on the raw oyster served in a glass of champagne. Oysters have a high zinc content and are said to increase sperm count and libido. I wanted to offer the oysters to my lover, but kissing him would’ve caused anaphylactic shock. Nothing sexy about an epi pen. Apparently though, they are the go-to aphrodisiac. If you’ve tried them for this purpose, let me know how it’s worked out for you.
Since I had to pass on the go-to choice, I had to find other fun items to serve at the meal. Honey, almonds, avocados, chocolate, figs, and basil all have been used by various cultures as libido-enhancing foods. Honey…thick, warm, and sweet. It is rich in vitamin B and increases testosterone levels in both males and females. Drizzle a little over some almonds….and your lover and see how that works for you.
I love avocados and enjoyed reading about their history. The Aztecs called the tree: ahuacuatl, or “testicle tree.” They thought a pair of avocados hanging from branches resembled…well…testicles. Sexually oppressed Catholic priest found the tree so offensive they forbade the planting of the tree. Wow. Now, that’s some powerful fruit right there. Bring on the guacamole!
Chocolate? Need I say more. Oy! Chocolate. *Sigh*
There are some other items used to enhance libido that aren’t food related. There are herbs such as Horny Goat Weed. I would like to speak from personal experience. I bow to Horny Goat Weed. It’s been used for thousands of years in China. Shepherds noticed that the billy goats in a field were constantly erect. They went out to see what was going on, and realized the goats were eating a particular weed. Like any right-minded shepherd, they gave it a try and lo and behold…erections sprang forth and the world was a happier place.
This is a bit odd and one I doubt I’ll ever try, but for those of you with lactating friends you might give it a go. According to a 2004 study done by the University of Chicago, a big aphrodisiac for women is the smell of a woman and a new baby. How did they come about this bit of information? The gave women pads to smell that had been used by women while breastfeeding. When smelling the pads used by lactating women, women who already had partners reported a dramatic increase in sexual desire, while single women experienced an increase in sexual fantasies. Smelling a fresh pad, untouched by mom or baby, did nothing for the women’s sex drives. http://science.discovery.com/life-earth-science/10-aphrodisiacs.htm.
Have you tried any sort of libido enhancer that has worked for you? Let us know.