Aphrodisiacs are part of my latest novel, “Scent of Death”

The word “aphrodisiac” comes from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and sexuality. An aphrodisiac is a substance that stimulates or increases someone’s sexual desire (also called “libido.” A high libido means a high sexual desire).

The truth is, no one has developed a successful aphrodisiac. There are perfumes, there is Spanish fly, but none of these cast a spell of desire over someone within their range. People have tried for at least two thousand years to perfect an aphrodisiac. Ginseng is a purported aphrodisiac, shown below in bottles (photo courtesy of Wikipedia).

220px-Ginseng_in_Korea - from Wikipedia

Other claimed aphrodisiacs are:

  • Saffron (Crocin)
  • Yohimbine (Pausinystalia Yohimbe and Indian Snakeroot)
  • Damiana (Tumera Diffusa)
  • Borojoa patinoi (Borojo)
  • Mannish Water
  • Cow Cod Soup
  • Phenylethylamine (PEA).

Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra are not aphrodisiacs. They can help males in the activity of sex, but they do not stimulate or increase a person’s sexual desire.