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10 Ancient Natural Aphrodisiacs

While you may have already heard about about oysters, garlic or chocolate being aphrodisiacs. Here are ten ancient aphrodisiacs that aren't as well known that were used back in the day around the world that just may surprise you!

1. Pine Nuts: Arabic doctors often prescribed this for their alleged results. And there could be some logic! Pine nuts are high in zinc, which is known to increase male endurance.


2. Figs: Figs are another fruit that claims aphrodisiac qualities based on its appearance. An open fig is thought to look similar to female sex organs.


3. Ginger: Ginger has been used for Centuries as a highly effective aid to digestion. But its classification as a natural aphrodisiac comes from its ability to increase circulation. Served pickled, candied or in the raw, ginger increases sensitivity in the erogenous zones.


4. Basil: For centuries, people said that basil stimulated the sex drive and boosted fertility as well as producing a general sense of well being. The scent of basil was said to drive men wild -- so much so that women would dust their breasts with dried and powdered basil. Basil is one of the many reported aphrodisiacs that may have the property of promoting circulation.


5. Avocado: The avocado tree was called a "testicle tree" by the Aztecs because its fruit hangs in pairs on the tree, resembling the male testicles. Its aphrodisiac value is based on this resemblance.


6. Chiles: Eating chili peppers gets the blood rushing, the heart pumping, the face flushing and the pores sweating – all reactions common to what one can experience from even just a goodnight kiss says Martha Hopkins, author of InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook.


7. Artichokes: In ancient Greece many believed that artichokes were not only aphrodisiacs but also ensured the birth of sons.


8. Rosemary: Rosemary's strong pine-like aroma is captivating and instantly recognizable. A whiff of its foresty earthiness can conjure vivid sense-memories, so the herb has long been valued as a powerful symbol of fidelity.


9. Asparagus: In 19th-century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of asparagus at their prenuptial dinner for good reason: asparagus is an excellent source of potassium, fiber, vitamins A, C, B6 and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.


10. Grapes: The grape’s reputation as an aphrodisiac reaches back to ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Grapes are loaded with vitamin C (good for sex hormones) and full of vitamin A (good for vision – advantages and disadvantages). They are an excellent source of potassium, the benefit of which is to encourage an alkaline blood balance and also stimulate the kidneys (good kidney function important for sexual health) and regulate heart beat.




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