Spanish fly. Aphrodisiac substances. Chinese medicine.
Herbal aphrodisiacs. Natural sex enhancers. Sex enhancement drugs. Libido foods.
Since the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, a lot of people have been eager to try out different types of “love potions” in form of foods, drinks, herbs, and animal parts (what?!) to increase sexual urge, heighten sexual arousal and boost sexual performance.
Question: do these love potions really work? There has been a lot of skepticism and doubt over the potency of a lot of sex enhancement products that are currently available today.
Good news: your doubts will clear like a sheet soon, as I’ve dug into the facts, to provide you with answers to your questions.
But first, let’s talk about aphrodisiacs themselves.
Aphrodisiacs: What Are They?
An aphrodisiac is simply defined as “a (chemical) substance
which is taken to increase sexual urge”.
The word “aphrodisiac” is coined from “Aphrodite”, the name of the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation.
Aphrodite always considered sparrows as hallowed creatures because of their “soulmate” trait. Because of this, sparrows were usually included in a lot of love potions.
Throughout the years, a number of foods and drinks have been particularly known to make sex much more gratifying and enjoyable.
A lot of people often speculate whether these results are valid or if they’re just a placebo
effect (where a result is all in the head, contrary to seeing a real effect).
Every part of the world — China, Africa, Europe — has, at one point, produced and effectively used aphrodisiacs.
In the early times, plants were the main source of aphrodisiacs, although animal parts were also considered.
Carrot, anise, basil, orchid bulbs, sage, honey, yohimbine, ginseng, caffeine, oysters, arginine, epimedium, chili pepper, fennel, turnips, pistachio nuts and rhino horns were all considered as aphrodisiacs and were included in love potions to increase sexual urge and achieve optimal performance.
Funny enough, plants like dill, lettuce, lentils, and water lilies were avoided like a plague because they were thought to lessen libido and sexual pleasure.
A greater number of aphrodisiacs found in health products stores usually contain at least one aphrodisiac substance.
Spanish Fly (aka Cantharides)
Spanish Fly is one of the most popular — if not the most popular — of aphrodisiacs. It is made by drying and crushing a beetle, coincidentally known as the spanish fly drug. It has a rather unpleasant smell and tastes really bitter — beetles are not made from honey, fam.
It is also used to induce mating in farm animals.
Spanish fly causes irritation of the genitals thereby increasing blood flow to them (just like a vasodilator). It causes Increased vaginal sensitivity and as a result, Increased receptiveness to sex. It produced a longer erection in men.
Ingesting large amounts can lead to high fever, painful urination. In severe cases, it can cause permanent kidney and intestinal damage, by causing erosion of the lining of these organs, and can lead to death, in serious cases.
Cantharides have been banned in countries including the US and France.
Nowadays, majority of products that claim to be “Spanish fly” in them are just a mixture of cayenne pepper and chalk.
While this substance has been effective, results are not well-documented. Therefore it’s important to make the proper research and seek medical professional advice before doing anything.