11 Foods That Are Natural Aphrodisiacs

Who needs Viagra? You can just as easily get you and your man excited the natural way, with delicious foods that are natural aphrodisiacs.

You can’t rely solely on food aphrodisiacs to make “it” happen. Let’s hope you have more passion than that with your partner, but here are some of the foods widely recognized to have that little something extra to get things moving in the bedroom.


1. Fennel

Don’t underestimate the power of this veggie. It acts as a natural plant estrogen and was used as an aphrodisiac in the ancient Egyptian culture. Its crunchy, celery-like texture is a great addition to a salad, and is also tasty when slightly sautéed.


2. Pine Nuts

These nuts are full of zinc, which is a key mineral to maintain male potency. Since medieval times, pine nuts have been used to stimulate the libido. Pine nuts are so versatile! They add flavor to a cookie, chicken dish or salad.


3. Watermelon

Delicious, low-cal, sweet-to-eat watermelon helps you in bed thanks to a chemical that increases circulation. For this reason, it’s good for amping-up the fun, but can also be a helpful aid for men with chronic excitement issues.


4. Almonds

The aroma of the almond alone supposedly ignites passion in females. Along with eating them, you can try almond-scented candles in the bedroom!


5. Damiana

This southwestern shrub has oily leaves that work well in tea, and that have been scientifically proven to cause an increase in mating among male and female mice. Let’s drink (tea) to that!


6. Truffles

The truffle scent has been used as an aphrodisiac since the early Greek and Roman era. Mix in some truffles or truffle oil to top off your pasta dish.


7. Chocolate

One of the most commonly used libido-boosters for women (they don’t give you boxes of the stuff on Valentine’s Day just to hold your hand), chocolate’s powers of persuasion probably lie in its tryptophan and phenylethylamine. The former has to do with sexual arousal, the latter has to do with love. Since many people actually like sex more when love is involved, chocolate can be considered the all-in-one way to get him or her (or you!) to say yes.


8. Wine

Alcohol lowers inhibitions, so be careful of using too much of it to get in the mood, but red wine contains chemicals that increase blood flow exactly where it needs to be increased in women. Plus, the act of indulging in really good wine is a luxurious feeling, and treating each other can get you both in the mood to treat each other in other ways as well.


9. Ginseng

This popular root has been proven to enhance male arousal, and has a similar effect (in women) to estrogen. It’s in lots of energy drinks, which could be rebranded sexual-energy drinks!


10. Raw Oysters

It may be a cliché that oysters will boost your sex drive, but it’s a cliché for a reason. Scientists agree that oysters have amino acids that trigger sexual hormones.


11. Maca

This superfood is powdered plant root from Peru. Its libidinous charge comes from its natural stress-reduction powers. The less stressed out you are, the more revved up you’ll be. Plus, it’s nutritious!


I love using surfing metaphors: Surfing is a schlep, the water is freezing, and you’re not always in the mood to paddle out there. Your mind may be elsewhere, but when you catch the wave, you know why you paddled out there.

So eat up and surf’s up!