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Damiana (Turnera Aphrodisiaca) The material part of the plant that is used is the leaves and the plant is a small tropical shrub
The main active ingredient is our Sida extract, which gives an amphetamine like stimulation of the CNS with excitation of the peripheral nervous system, giving fine rushes and a tingling of the skin and hair
At last our book ‘Happy High Herbs’ is now available Culinary Aphrodisiacs
A woman's sexual appetite can be enhanced by eating certain foods. Foods that are believed to act as a female aphrodisiac include the following.
This vegetable is rich in vitamin E that has been known to stimulate production of women and men's sex hormones essential for a healthy sex life.
Capsaicin is the chemical ingredient responsible for the hot effect of the chilli pepper. It stimulates nerve endings, raises your pulse and makes you sweat! It is believed that eating hot foods such as chilli peppers can evoke the release of endorphins that create a natural high conductive to the feelings you have during love-making.
This type of nut has always been a symbol of fertility throughout the ages. The aroma is thought to induce passion in a woman.
Bananas are rich in potassium and B vitamins, necessary for sex hormone production.
The Greeks and the Romans considered the rare truffle mushroom to be a female aphrodisiac. The musky scent is stimulatingly aromatic and makes the skin sensitive to touch.
Chocolate contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine, known as the "love chemical" that creates a feeling of well being and excitement similar to the feeling you experience during intimacy.
As far back as history goes the need for a male or female aphrodisiac has been sought by many who had created recipes thought to induce sexual stimulation. Some ingredients commonly used included the following; Anise, basil, carrot, salvia, gladiolus root, orchid bulbs, pistachio nuts, rocket (arugula), sage, sea fennel, turnips, skink flesh (a type of lizard) and river snails.
As well as enhancing one's sex drive there have been foods that have been known in history to contribute to a decline in one's libido that are believed to be the following; dill, lentil, lettuce, watercress, rue, and water lily.