Do you ever feel like you’re expected to want to have sex on demand? As though you’re supposed to have a high sex drive and be ready to go as soon as someone suggests it? The reality of life is rather different. Stress, tiredness, and simply not being in the mood can all stop you from wanting to get it on. But, if you’re keen to try and add a little pizzaz to your sex life, why not try some natural aphrodisiacs?
Of course, a lowered libido in both men and women can be attributed to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and sleep. Who thought that this would be so complicated?
So, if you want to change things and feel the horn a little more often, it’s about cleaning up your lifestyle and trying a few added suggestions.
[Read: Sexless relationship? Why sex matters a lot and how to spark the passion again]
An aphrodisiac is something that is reputed to boost your libido, make you want to have sex more often, and which could also give you an extra ounce of oomph in your performance too.
There are several herbs, foods, and supplements that fall into the aphrodisiac category but it’s always better to go down the natural in this regard.
Taking supplements should only be taken on the advice of a doctor and that’s usually for someone who has a sexual dysfunctional problem that needs a little extra help.
However, if you simply want to boost your sexual desire and stamina, natural aphrodisiacs are a great go-to. They’re also much easier to find than you might think. [Read: High sex drive – 15 scientific reasons you have it and what to do]
We’re going to talk about natural aphrodisiacs, the kind you can find easily and don’t need to spend a small fortune on.
However, there are some pretty well-known ones that certainly cost a pretty penny if you want to try them. There are also some which may raise eyebrows and make you wonder whether it’s really worth it for a night of sex! [Read: The horny woman’s guide to increasing your sex drive]
A few of the more luxurious aphrodisiacs from around the world include:
3. Dark chocolate – Not any old chocolate however; we mean the really good stuff!
5. Ambergris – A substance that comes from the stomach of a whale
6. Bird’s nest soup – Not really advised as it takes a lot of preparation and you’ll need to get it from SE Asia!
7. Durian – A fruit from SE Asia
8. Balut – A chicken or duck embryo that has been fertilized. Yuck, right?
9. Leafcutter ants – Often given as a wedding gift in Colombia!
10. Cow cod soup – Literally contains bull’s penis as the main ingredient [Read: 10 dishes to get your sex drive to skyrocket]
Basically, they boost blood flow to your nether regions and that makes you want to get it on. It really depends upon which aphrodisiac we’re talking about, as some work differently.
However, there is also some debate over whether aphrodisiacs actually do anything at all, or whether it just creates a false psychological effect. That means, you think they’re going to make you horny, so by eating them, you automatically feel that way. You’re tricking yourself!
But then again, some natural aphrodisiacs are known to affect not only blood flow but also encourage the release of sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen.
Basically, you won’t know whether they work for you until you try them. But, the good news is that you don’t have to venture off to South East Asia and chow down on bird’s nest soup to find out; there are many natural aphrodisiacs that are very easy to find and which may already be in your kitchen cupboard! [Read: Happy sex life – What a good sex life should look like in real life]
Of course, you should try to eat clean, work out, and get your eight hours of daily sleep. That’s a given. Good health means you’re far more likely to be in the mood naturally.
But is there something else we can do to give your sex drives a little bit of a boost? Well, there is. No, you don’t have to use Viagra; well, you can, but why not try natural aphrodisiacs first?
We already know that aphrodisiacs are foods and drinks which stimulate your sexual desire. So, we’re going to tell you the aphrodisiacs that you should try if you want to boost your sexual desires. Maybe you should free up your schedule for the evening – if the desired outcome occurs, you’re going to be very busy indeed! [Read: Important female PSA – How to increase female libido quickly]
We know you were hoping this would be on the list and lucky for you, it is. Chocolate has been known for years and years as an aphrodisiac.
Why? Well, chocolate actually contains components linked to increasing levels of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin makes you feel happy and also enhances your sex drive, making it one of the best natural aphrodisiacs around. However, you should go for the most high-quality version you can find. That means natural cocoa and not the sugar-laden milk variety you may love some much. [Read: All the sexy benefits of being a chocolate lover]
Who would have thought that these little nuts would have such an effect on your sexual drive? Pine nuts are loaded with zinc which is responsible for producing testosterone. So, fellas, this is for you. Not sure how to eat them? Grind them up with some basil, garlic and olive oil, and enjoy!
There you have it, pesto sauce. This is why some Italian men have an unwanted reputation as womanizers – it’s probably all those pine nuts. [Read: Safe and natural ways to increase your libido]
Just don’t eat a spoonful of it if you want to actually enjoy the experience. Instead, add it to something else. Cinnamon reacts by heating up your body’s temperature, including your sex drive. So, if you drink hot chocolate, sprinkle some on for an extra boost of heat where you want it the most.
Yes, we were surprised too, but this is one of the common, natural aphrodisiacs! This somewhat tasteless vegetable has a lot more going for it than you think.
It contains two chemicals – androsterone and androstenol, which act as sexual attractants after you eat the celery. Throw it in a smoothie or make a soup out of it. It doesn’t matter how you eat it, just do it! [Read: How to get in the mood for sex – Get horny and beat the dry spell]
It’s not the best idea to eat this right before going on a date or a night out with your friends, but garlic is another great aphrodisiac. Garlic contains allicin which helps to increase blood flow.
So, if you ate a lot of garlic today and wonder why you’re able to have sex longer than usual, well, thank that garlic clove. [Read: The surprising reasons why you may be feeling really horny all of a sudden]
But, you need to make sure it’s raw honey. Raw honey is packed with B vitamins which help support testosterone production, thus, increasing sexual desire. But, it’s also great for women as it also contains boron, which aids in estrogen production.
So, both men and women greatly benefit by adding a spoonful of honey to their tea.
When you’ve eaten a chili pepper, you feel it. Your body heats up, you feel the blood pumping through your veins. Well, in addition to that, chili peppers also react with your brain, causing it to release endorphins. These are chemicals that make you feel happy and possibly horny. [Read: How to amp up the pleasure – 11 things that make you horny]
Just like chili peppers, ginger has a sharp and spicy taste which also helps to increase blood flow and body temperature. You can add ginger to your meal or a cup of hot tea. Whichever way, it’ll work.
Some people aren’t fans of coconut water. For some, the taste is just a little off. But, if you’re into coconut water then you’ll love hearing this piece of good news.
Coconut water actually contains the same amount of electrolytes as your blood. It acts as a metabolism booster and helps increase blood flow, which is why people call it an aphrodisiac. [Read: Can’t shed pounds? Here are 8 reasons why]
This definitely won’t make your pee smell great, but if it helps you out in bed, who cares. Asparagus has long been known to increase circulation in the genital area, thus, increasing your sexual libido.
Of course, asparagus is pretty good for your health in general, so throw it into your meals!
Now, this doesn’t mean you go and guzzle a bottle. In moderation, we repeat, in moderation! Red wine helps increase your blood flow and lowers inhibitions.
Again, make sure you go for the good quality stuff if you want the best results and if you want to actually enjoy it too. [Read: Romance in a glass – Types of wine to choose on a date]
This aphrodisiac goes way back. We’re talking about the early Hindu cultures where it was told that nutmeg increased sexual appetites. You think these guys were wrong? We don’t think so.
Sprinkle a little nutmeg on your coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. Let us know how that works out for you.
These are one of the most famous aphrodisiacs as they carry a reputation for being highly effective when it comes to stimulating those who eat them. They’re incredibly high in zinc, plus, contain amino acids which stimulate sex hormones.
Now, you might not regularly have these in your kitchen but you can find them pretty easily. So, if you want to make a romantic meal for your partner, why not buy some fresh oysters as a starter? [Read: Aphrodisiacs and food hell – A lover’s guide to eating well]
And they say millennials should stop buying avocados! *Don’t listen to those people, keep buying them*
In fact, avocados are doing you more good than anyone perhaps realizes. Avocados have had an aphrodisiac label as far back as the Aztecs. They’re packed with vitamin E which helps keep your energy going while also being a general super-food.
No, this isn’t because they’re shaped like dicks – come on people, stay focused! Okay, their dick-shaped stature may be a subtle hint to their aphrodisiac nature.
Bananas contain bromelain which stimulates testosterone production and vitamin B content also aids with energy levels. [Read: The best things to do when you’re stuck at home and feel productive]
This is a herb that you will find in most countries, albeit in the dried version. You can easily add this to many dishes, and you’ll find quite a few recipes that call for it too.
Fenugreek is great for boosting libido as it encourages the release of testosterone and estrogen, therefore making you want to get it on!
Pistachio nuts are pretty delicious to pick at or on top of desserts, but they’re also ideal for giving your sex drive a dose of oomph.
Again, this is about blood circulation and extra flow to the parts of you that need it the most when it comes to feeling sexy. [Read: How to be charismatic even if you weren’t born with the mojo]
Saffron might not be the cheapest spice around but it’s delicious and very effective when it comes to making you feel horny.
This is a particularly good one for the ladies out there as it can boost lubrication ‘down there’ and make you feel generally in the mood. It’s also a good option for guys too, as it boosts blood flow and sexual desire.
Where you believe natural aphrodisiacs work or not, it’s true that they’re not going to hurt you by trying! Most of the natural aphrodisiacs we’ve talked about are pretty healthy anyway, so you’re going to get a boost of benefit regardless. On top of that, you have the potential for seriously sexy effects. [Read: Stress ruining your relationship – 10 signs and quick fixes]
However, if you don’t feel much after trying any of these suggestions, don’t despair. Everyone reacts differently to different things and maybe you just need to try another one on the list and see if that helps you.
Of course, if you’re regularly struggling with low sex drive and you can’t pinpoint a reason for it, perhaps it’s a good idea to go and have a chat with your doctor and see if they can identify the cause. It could be something very simple and easily solved. Then, you can get back to rocking that headboard on a regular basis!
[Read: How to make yourself horny – 25 very powerful ways to get there really fast]
Now that you know the best natural aphrodisiacs, you’re probably remembering some of the foods sat in your fridge right now. Are you thinking what we’re thinking?
Liked what you just read? Follow us on Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest and we promise, we’ll be your lucky charm to a beautiful love life.
LOVEPANKY IN YOUR INBOX
Get the very best of LovePanky straight to your inbox!