Libido Enhancing Spices You Can Use as Aphrodisiacs from Your Kitchen to Boost Your Sex Drive

Anise – with its licorice-like taste, anise has both calming and stimulating properties.  The five connecting pods that create a star shape, holding the anise seeds contains phytoestrogen to stimulate sexual arousal. The aphrodisiac properties are reported to increase your libido.

*Drink a glass of water infused with anise seeds at night to boost your sex drive.

The Greeks and Romans believed sucking on anise increased desire.  Not sure about that, but since anise also freshens your breath, your tender kisses will certainly be made more memorable.

Nutmeg – It’s not just for eggnog. The exotic, potent seed is often referred to as Viagra for women, in Africa, and based on a study on rats in India’s Aligarh Muslim University, and the National Library of Medicine, N.I.H nutmeg was found to possess aphrodisiac activity. This warming spice boosts your mood as well as your sex drive. Just don’t consume too much, as too much has been reported to cause hallucinations. Used for centuries to boost sexual desire, nutmeg stimulates the circulatory system and increases blood flow.  Some cultures believe in rubbing nutmeg on the genitals for sexual stimulation.

Cardamom – (Ela in Sanskrit) Grown on trees, cardamom seeds are considered a powerful aphrodisiac that helps with erectile dysfunction and impotence. Strong, with a uniquely pleasantly spicy, yet sweet taste, cardamom increases blood flow to sexual areas and used in Ayurvedic medicine to boost sexual desires. Although a bit pricey, second to saffron in price, and considered a festive spice, splurge a little and add some to your favorite cookie recipe (think almond or windmill cookies) or when you are feeling extra special, add some to your coffee.

Ginger – We’re not talking about the cute redhead you see in the office, we’re talking the mineral and manganese rich plant that increases blood flow to sexual organs.  Used as a powerful  aphrodisiac and increased sexual prowess for centuries.  High in potassium, magnesium, and copper.

Fenugreek – or Methi is an aromatic plant known to increase breast sizes and milk production.  Does anyone else remember gym exercises where you’d flex you pecs and chant, “We must, we must, we must increase our bust”?.  Anywho, fenugreek also is known to reduce mood swings, PMS, and menopause symptoms.  What a relief! Fenugreek increases sex drive according to a 2011 study by the Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine.  The saponins increase testosterone production and contain a chemical similar to estrogen.

Saffron – The expensive spice that colors paella a beautiful sun-kissed color is also considered an aphrodisiac.  According to a 2011 University of Guelph in Journal of Food and Research International, saffron contains antioxidants, supplies selenium, magnesium, and 400% of the U.S recommended daily allowance of manganese which helps sex tissues.

Fennel –  Contains a chemical called esterol to boost your sex drive and dopamine which increases sexual desire.

Cloves – Not only do they smell incredible, and used as amazing eye candy when stuck onto oranges and limes, cloves increase blood flow, body temperature, and energy.  The naturally pink star-studded flower buds from the evergreen clove tree are typically dried and acts as a powerful sexual attractant.  Cloves are high in omega-3 fatty acids, manganese and vitamin K. If you’re going out on a first date, put some whole cloves in your mouth to freshen your breath.  The sweet smell of cloves on your breath will surely be a welcoming invitation to get closer.

Garlic– Oh No! Not Garlic!!! Yes, garlic.  Garlic improves blood circulation and was once prescribed as an early performance enhancing substance in ancient cultures to enhance the work of laborers due to the properties in allicin. The allicin in garlic improves blood flow to sexual organs.  Although some cultures are against garlic consumption, especially if you live in a monastery, Dr. Joerg Gruenwald of Berlin University writes:

“ A lot of men with heart disease will have impotence but not realize poor circulation and narrowing of the arteries in the groin is to blame.  Garlic can help.  A good flow of blood to the groin means a man should not have a problem with sex.”


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