Natural Aphrodisiacs

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a great idea to find out a bit more about aphrodisiacs. And not about those created in the lab but the natural ones which are easily accessible and good for us.

But first things first. Let’s discover what aphrodisiacs are and how do they interact with our body.

The term aphrodisiac is derived from Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and defines a food or other substance that promotes sexual desire. These are meant to increase sensations of arousal such as body temperature, heart rate and physical energy. Of course, the placebo effect may also play a part, however the following are claimed to be a real deal when it comes to increasing one’s libido.


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Ylang ylang

The essential oil distilled from fragrant flowers of ylang ylang tree has been used for wide ranging purposes. It’s known for its healing and soothing properties as well as beautiful fragrance. But it has been especially famed as an aphrodisiac and social enhancer because of its active ingredients which are known to combat depression, anxiety and stress. It makes people feel calmer by putting them in their best frame of mind thus helps to relax and unwind enough to enjoy intimacy.

If you want to experience yourself the power of ylang ylang try our Organic Cranberry Body Oil which is infused with this magical aphrodisiac.


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Dark chocolate

So commonly known, yet so powerful! Dark chocolate (made up of 50-90% of cocoa solids) is full of the ‘feel good’ properties. It’s all down to its micronutrients such as: tryptophan and phenylethylamine which are both associated with feeling of falling in love and excitement.

Dark chocolate has also proven to decrease stress and pain, making you feel better all over.


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Maca root

The plant of maca comes from Peru and there is a considerable amount of research done to back up claims of its sex-enhancing properties. The results of various studies have all concluded that maca is definitely increasing libido, the only thing is – no one knows why? Its proven effects seem to be enough though as maca is gaining popularity and being used by many in smoothies, protein shakes etc.


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Figs

There should be no surprise that figs have been considered as an aphrodisiac for a long time as they are one of the fruits mentioned in the biblical Garden of Eden. Some even believe that it was figs that were the forbidden fruit. Story aside, it is believed that figs owe its sensual side to high potassium content and being loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants that actively promote better blood circulation. They were also considered a symbol of love in ancient Greece and some still recognise it as such.


One thing is certain, if there is anything that has a reputation as a sexual enhancer people are going to try it, and Valentine’s day couldn’t be a more perfect time to do so. And even if you aren’t planning to use any of the above as an aphrodisiac, don’t forget they can also act as a great mood booster.

Karolina Scott