6 Aphrodisiacs to Rev Up Your Sex Drive

While aphrodisiacs (foods thought to increase your sexual desire and prowess) aren’t scientifically proven, they’ve been around for centuries. You may have already heard about chocolate and oysters, but did you know about asparagus? Read on for little known ways to feed your appetite -- and your sexual one too.
  1. Truffles

    Photo by Thinkstock / The Nest

    The earthy, pungent aroma of these fungi reminds us of the musky scent of many colognes. Since you typically catch a whiff when you’re close to your man, you may associate the smell of both musk and truffles with sexual experiences.

    Whip up a dish and see for yourself >

    Check out other aphrodisiac recipes here >

  2. Asparagus

    Photo by Stockfood / The Nest

    Back in the day, any food resembling human sexual anatomy was thought to be an aphrodisiac. (Which definitely explains the oysters!) So given its phallic shape, asparagus’s libido-boosting rep as an aphrodisiac shouldn’t be a complete surprise. Did you know that in 19th-century France, bridegrooms were served multiple helpings to help their lovemaking? But there’s more to asparagus than its appearance: with its high nutrient content -- including potassium, fiber, folic acid, and vitamins A, C, and B6 -- asparagus boosts histamine production, which is necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.

    Let’s get cookin’ >

    Check out other aphrodisiac recipes here >

  3. Strawberries

    Photo by Thinkstock / The Nest

    Legend has it that strawberries were considered an aphrodisiac back in the day because of their many tiny seeds, which was thought to symbolize fertility. And literary and artistic references to strawberries as “fruit nipples” have been found. Okay, so that’s not a scientific connection, but come on, they’re just a sexy food.

    Time to bust out the whipped cream? >

    Check out other aphrodisiac recipes here >

  4. Cinnamon

    Photo by Thinkstock / The Nest

    Cinnamon has been shown to increase appetite (both physical and sexual). Some people even rub cinnamon oil onto their bodies to produce powerful sexual stimulation. Or, you could just eat it.

    Spice up your night >

    Check out other aphrodisiac recipes here >

  5. Honey

    Photo by Thinkstock / The Nest

    There’s a reason it’s called a “honeymoon.” Honey has long been associated with sexual desire -- it’s been called the nectar of Aphrodite (yes, the goddess of love). In medieval times, people would drink mead (a fermented honey drink) to increase sexual desire. Not enough basis to give you a sweet tooth? Well, honey is rich in B vitamins, the same vitamins needed for testosterone production.

    Sticky sweet treats >

    Check out other aphrodisiac recipes here >

  6. Caviar

    Photo by Thinkstock / The Nest

    Well, it is an egg after all! This indulgent food also has a high zinc content, which is essential for blood flow (if you know what we’re saying…).

    Check out other aphrodisiac recipes here >