Ethnopharmacology of love: spices and passion

A certain amount years ago, the men of a small village in Turkey were involved in an experiment by observing the effect of mint on the level of sexual arousal. Until now it is not known whether the experiment failed, or whether it was precisely this, but one thing one day, one of the local residents overheard the doctors’ conversation about the fact that teacups are made of mint weaken the potency. As a result, sexual desire has lost all masculinity population of the village and two hamlets on the other side of the hill (always in the neighboring village someone’s best man or matchmaker lives) that had nothing to do with the experiment with menthol.

Despite the fact that later it was confirmed that the opinion regarding the cooling effect of all types of mint on the male body was false, the legend found its supporters. But it’s not all about gossip and self-suggestion today.

Human attractiveness and romantic love are based on a complex neurobiological network that includes change of levels dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. These three neurotransmitters are also associated with sexual arousal and motivation and obsessive thinking. So. In ancient times, love was often considered a mental illness that was mostly treated with sex and bloodletting. Fortunately most people were concerned about the opposite – love magic.

The word “aphrodisiac” derived from “Aphrodite”, the Greek goddess of love. By definition an aphrodisiac is a substance that stimulates sexual desire. Diverse plants were used as stimulants and enhancers sexual behavior in traditional systems of medicine of different countries. This is it for now called Ethnopharmacology of love.

Apple-like fruits (fruits of temptation in the Garden of Eden), such as the actual apple, quince, peach, and pomegranate, as well as other fruits containing small seeds, or vegetables and roots that resemble male and female genitalia in appearance organs, played the role of symbols of love during seduction and courtship. We will remind that at one time potatoes and tomatoes were considered an aphrodisiac. And for some, even today, a pan with fried potatoes and green onions remains a magic potion, and how it works – to the point of total ooh!… Sorry, we got a little distracted.

So, in the early 2000s, based on certain paragraphs of Vajikarna, an Indian Ayurvedic treatment for sexual disorders, a group of scientists conducted experiment on white mice. Over a period of time, mice were injected with solutions of plants that have proven themselves as natural Viagra over the centuries. Unfortunately, most of the plants did not live up to the hopes that humanity placed on them. Ovid was right not to trust the properties of herbs for love magic, so he directed his recommendations for improving sex life to a behavioral approach and a social regime. But not everything is so sad.

The same group of scientists confirmed Vajikarna’s theses that among other spices nutmeg and cloves are clinically useful as activators of sexual life in men. Mostly nutmeg helped the mice recover and stimulated re-courting and pairing. And all this almost without side effects, which were observed very rarely and appeared as a result of an increase in the amount of nut that is safe for consumption.

It should be noted that in ethnomedical texts, spices, especially nutmeg and cloves, are mentioned as nerve stimulants, so the effect of these drugs as an aphrodisiac is due to their nerve-stimulating properties and increased blood circulation in the body. And which other common spices have such an effect?

Actually, every blade of grass in the world is useful if you find a common language with it. Today we will have a little chat with such spices as:
  • basil
  • vanilla
  • ginger
  • cayenne pepper
  • cardamom
  • cinnamon
  • coriander
  • turmeric
  • fennel

This sweet plant has a pleasant taste and aroma, and this, as you know, is the simplest remedy stimulate sex drive. In fact, Italians call basil an herb kisses, and the ancient Greeks fed basil to stallions before “meeting”. Try adding basil to a tomato salad for dinner – it is very tasty, useful, and, in the end, may turn out to be a pleasant surprise.


We have already written a lot about her. But most importantly, thanks to the amazing aroma vanilla raises the mood – and what else is needed for a romantic date, besides love, of course?


This spicy root is a source of useful properties, an available medicinal seed and simply an excellent spice. Ginger increases blood flow to the genitals bodies Many cultures have traditionally used ginger as an aphrodisiac, and today experts consider ginger to be one of the strongest libido stimulants. In addition, this root is known for its high content of potassium, magnesium and copper.

Cayenne pepper

Any hot pepper, including cayenne, not only enriches food with a bright taste, but also warms the body, increasing the rate of metabolism, stimulates blood flow (including special sensitive areas). A little hot pepper for dinner and your eyes will glow brighter, your cheeks will glow and your skin will be warmer – obviously it will make you more desirable in the eyes of your partner.


Ayurveda recommends exactly cardamom with low libido as an aphrodisiac. This spice contains cineole, a substance that activates blood circulation in the pelvic organs. Naturally, it can stimulate sex drive. Cardamom also balances the doshas and has cleansing properties. Try using ground cardamom in tea, coffee, and baking.


Cinnamon has warming properties, and so it can warm up your sex drive. This spice also contains anti-inflammatory substances and, in addition, helps normalize blood sugar levels. Diabetics often use it as a natural substitute for sugar in their morning coffee. The presence of cinnamon in your diet is only beneficial.


Cilander seedshas a sharp spicy taste and also has warming properties


We always talk a lot about turmeric and will mention it more than once. And who is interested – a good article at this link.


Many people do not like fennel because of its specific aroma and sweet taste, but you may be interested that the ancient Egyptians used fennel to increase libido in women. Active chemicals that can increase sexual desire are found precisely in the seeds of this plant.

And now about the most important thing

  • Be careful with spices if you have allergies, inflammation of the intestinal tract or individual food intolerance to certain products.
  • Increased use of spices will not fulfill all your dreams regarding sexual health and attractiveness. We have repeatedly emphasized that healthy, wholesome food works only in conjunction with regular physical activity and a positive or at least adequate attitude to the reality around us.
  • Desire is born in the head. So, if there is still no peace and harmony there, then no amount of basil or oysters will help you.
  • Some readers have drawn attention to the words about the warming effect of spices, but we ask that you use spices for external use with caution. This is especially true of cayenne pepper. Adding a small amount to any dishes – yes. Sniffing or, God forbid, smearing the genitals with cayenne pepper – absolutely not! All the other listed spices will not harm you, but if used externally, they can temporarily change the color of your body and its natural smell. And it might be fun, but it’s hardly sexy.
  • Returning to the experiments, the positive effect of spices on the sexual life of mice and people begins to manifest itself on about the tenth day of observation. That is, in order for any natural remedy to work, you need two weeks of its regular use. Of course, this is all very individual, but in any case, do not count on an instant effect.

For those who are in a hurry to get everything at this very moment, it was once said: “In such a case, the only quick way to improve the potency is to take a thicker and longer root and tie it where it is needed as firmly as possible.” Currently, the only whole root in the Masale range is turmeric. Although it is really incredibly strong, its surface and size are not suitable. Therefore, we do not recommend tying it anywhere other than a garland.

Be healthy and happy!

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