Let’s talk about something, well spicy… As the season of love quickly approaches, we are becoming more aware of the type of love we have present in our lives and how we can cultivate more. Luckily, there are numerous herbs for that pleasurable expression of love you have been searching for, and not so shockingly, these herbal allies have been used for centuries- so, let’s talk aphrodisiacs!
A very brief and annotated re-telling of the story of the Greek Goddess, Aphrodite, shines light on the progression of the history and integration of these powerful herbal elixirs and allies that blurred the line between medicine and magic. Aphrodite, of which aphrodisiac was later named, was famed for her delectable treats known to increase sex drive and performance. The only catch: in exchange for these much desired traits was the consumption of a few succulent and fresh...dove brains!
The ancient tales of Rome were not where the, well stranger, aphrodisiacs ceased to exist. From diverse Asian cultures using parasitic fungus and stinky durian fruit, to European staples such as whole mustard seeds and even animal blood. Luckily, with modern and traditional herbalism preserving and identifying the true potential of aphrodisiacs as a therapy, we are able to integrate a more “palatable” selection into our daily routines.
There are a variety of aphrodisiacs that are steeped in both science and lore, but one of our favorites is definitely chocolate! Chocolate, and more properly cacao, has been used by the Mayans for centuries for both ritual and daily consumption. It is considered an aphrodisiac because of how it can spike the dopamine of the pleasure center of the brain, resulting in “all the feels”.
Common herbals such as Rose, Maca, and Ginseng are great choices when starting to explore the potential of aphrodisiacs. Rose has traditionally been used to open the heart center, allowing for more vulnerable connections, while emanating a traditional scent of love. Maca, traditionally grown in the Andes of South America, has been used as a remedy for erectile dysfunction due to increasing levels of nitric oxide in the body, as discovered in recent studies. Ginseng, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, was commonly prescribed to alleviate sexual fatigue and provoke desire by using the warming and windy energies of this root- also known as “the natural viagra”. Check out these mocktail recipes using aphrodisiac herbs and spices that are not only alcohol free and libido boosting, but absolutely taste divine!
Sun God Medicinals compounds blends of potent aphrodisiacs and other supportive herbs, formulated to help you achieve your most pleasurable experiences yet! From single herbal tincture of Rose and Damiana to Lemon Balm and Motherwort, to herbal tea blends such as the Heka Happy Tea and Hercules Muscle Ease Tea, all make easy additions to any daily routine, that can add that little bit of enjoyment to your day that you surely deserve.
Remember do not forget to love yourself, because at the end of the day, we all deserve a little bit of pleasure! Our team of herbalist and trained professionals are here to answer any questions you may have on this hot topic, and more, so please reach out because we LOVE to hear from our customers. Sending many wishes of healing and love your way!