An aphrodisiac is used to stimulate and increase sex drive, pleasure and libido. From the Middle Ages to Now
Lots of people know the novel turned film “Perfume”. It tells the story of Jean-Baptise Grenouille. The man who created an irresistible aphrodisiac perfume. It was so strong that the women and men he poured it on tore out into full on sex hunters in lusty orgies. The right dosage of course is the trick. But too much of a good thing can’t be all bad.
In the Middle Ages scents weren’t the only aphrodisiacs. Also thought to be aphrodisiacs were various herbs and spices like nutmeg and parsley. Kale was also considered to be one.
Some aphrodisiac properties are disputed. There isn’t a lot of clear evidence that they work. Some people say that ginger, chilli, oyster, ginseng, saffron and chocolate are aphrodisiacs. We’ll never know for sure, but Casanova slurped down 50 oysters a day. Don’t Expect Any Miracles
Aphrodisiacs are not miracle cures. If they increase desire even just a small amount, then they’ve done their job. Viagra & Co are in a league of their own
Drugs and other medications meant to treat erectile dysfunction, for example. Viagra, Levitra, Tadalafil, Apomorphin, Alprostadil are not aphrodisiacs. These drugs are used to treat disorders.