Amorous Libations

Amorous Libations

Aphrodisiacs—substances that increase sexual arousal, desire, and/or performance—have been sought after by cultures around the world for ages. There’s a ton of information out there, both legitimate and bogus, about what foods, drinks, or supplements you can take to produce an aphrodisiac effect, and if you want to try any for yourself, it’s important to be informed about what actually works and what doesn’t.

That said, before we go any further, it’s important to note that it is of course perfectly okay to not have any interest in aphrodisiacs, nor is there anything wrong with not wanting sex at all or not experiencing any sexual attraction. For many people, though, the idea of increasing the pleasure of sexual intercourse is an appealing one, and that’s perfectly okay too. Read on without shame if you’re such a person, and if you’re not, don’t feel like you should be or that anything is wrong with you.

Facts and Myths about Aphrodisiacs
There are myths about food resembling genitalia being aphrodisiacs, like eggs, caviar, clams, and oysters. In general, this sort of thing is almost always a myth and any effect experienced is a mere placebo. The only reason something might produce a sexual response would be a psychological one. That said, oysters do contain zinc, an essential mineral which was not always plentiful in people’s diets, so people who ate a lot of them might have better sex simply because of being in better overall health, but this does not make oysters (or zinc) an aphrodisiac in and of themselves. Other than the discovery of Viagra, there isn’t any evidence for effective aphrodisiacs that isn’t subjective, anecdotal, or both.

This does, however, bring us to our next point. Medically speaking, the best way to ensure a good time in bed with your partner is to stay in good general health. Exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet and ensure you get all your necessary vitamins and minerals. This, more than anything else, is definitely the best way to improve your sex life.

Psychological Aphrodisiacs
Staying in good health is probably the best thing you can do physically to improve the pleasure you get out of a romp in the hay, but psychologically, there’s plenty more. The best aphrodisiacs aren’t magic love potions or special foods, but the feelings of love and affection you have for your partner, as well as smells, sights, and sounds that put you in the right mood. So pour a glass of red, turn on some mood music, dim the lights, and light up a scented candle or five. Spread some rose petals…you get the idea.

So the point is…focus on your partner and how much you care about them. How they make you feel. How you want to show them how important they are to you. Set the right mood, whisper in your partner’s ear that you love them, exchange loving smiles, and you’ll be well on your way to having a great time between the sheets, no oysters required.

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