Let’s talk about ancient love potions…from Ancient Greece! That’s right, Greeks were (and many still are) big believers in aphrodisiacs. Here are some of the more common natural aphrodisiacs that were used throughout the centuries and can still be found today at your local supermarket if you feel like giving them a try!
Pomegranates: This fruit has made a comeback in the past decade or so as it is praised for its nutritional values.
Even back in Ancient Greece the pomegranate fruit was considered nutritious and it was also believed that the juice had aphrodisiac properties. Why not try some? It’s good for you and just might give you the little “boost” you’ve been looking for!
Truffles: Dating as far back as the 1st century AD, this fungi found its way into the lime light as an aphrodisiac as it is believed that it came into existence as a result of the combined action of water, heat and thunderbolts as Zeus hurled a thunderbolt to Earth which landed close to an oak tree!
The ancient Greek physician Galen said that “the truffle is very nourishing and can direct voluptuousness.” Oh-la-la! How can you resist that?
Leeks: It is unsure why leeks were given the title of aphrodisiac, but they were eaten raw and whole or cooked in ancient times.
It is greatly believed that the phallic shape of leeks might have contributed to the label of aphrodisiac. They are a great addition to any meal so throw some in next time your cooking and judge for yourself.
Garlic: At some point and time people stopped believing that garlic was toxic and started eating it to prevent illness, congestion. In addition, people started believing that it possessed magical properties and that it is a natural aphrodisiac.
Try making the Greek dish skordalia, and you’ll be sure to eat a considerable load of garlic. It is a mixture of garlic purée with which you combine with purée of potatoes, walnuts, almonds, or milk-soaked stale bread. Just brush your teeth afterwards in case the aphrodisiac properties really do kick in!
Legumes: Dating back as far as Hippocrates, legumes have been an essential part of the menu for men wishing to keep up their libido as they get older.
Hippocrates prescribed lentils while the Greek philosopher Aristotle was a believer in lentils with saffron to keep a man’s libido active and in top shape.