Provocative potions and erotic elixirs have been used as aphrodisiacs for centuries. Creating a bewitching brew of your own is simple and can offer a multitude of sensations during the holiday season. While most aphrodisiacs are not proven, we still love the idea of using taste and smell for sparking the mood.

In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve found the best aphrodisiacs that are both enticing and exciting. We do recommend waiting until after the trick-or-treaters have gone to bed—we’d hate for you to be interrupted!

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Chocolate

Chocolate is the head honcho of aphrodisiacs. A natural substance, this seductive treat contains a host of compounds including anandamide, the psychoactive feel-good chemical, and PEA (phenylethylamine). These “love chemicals” help with releasing dopamine into the pleasure centers of the brain. PEA is known for inducing the feelings of excitement, attraction, and euphoria. Cacao also contains tryptophan, a key component of the neurotransmitter serotonin which is known for promoting a sense of well-being and relaxation. Serotonin is also a chemical that makes people feel happy. Adding to this powerhouse of aphrodisiacs is caffeine which keeps you awake long enough to take care of business. We suggest skipping the half-priced candy aisle and try licking the System Jo Mint Chocolate Gelato Flavored Lube off your partner instead.

Celery

Some people don’t really believe in celery’s aphrodisiac properties, mostly because of its phallic shape. But there may be some validity to the claim that this garnish has powerful properties for attracting the opposite sex. Celery contains androsterone, a hormone naturally produced in males which helps stimulate female sexual arousal. Whether or not celery contains enough of this hormone for affecting the body remains unclear. Further studies are being conducted in the matter, so, until proven otherwise, we say eat your greens.

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Oysters

Myth or Truth? Oysters are probably the one food commonly associated with actually being an aphrodisiac. Maybe it’s because Oysters have an uncanny resemblance to female genitalia. Or it could be because this shellfish has a close relationship with the goddess Aphrodite. Whatever the reasoning, there is one truth about oysters. They possess a very high zinc content. Zinc is known for boosting sperm production and increasing libido. Also, this delectable treat packs a lot of iron, which is great when you’re lacking the energy for lovemaking.

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Honey

Sticky and sweet, honey is a great source of a trace mineral called Boron. Essential for metabolizing the female sex hormone, estrogen, boron can also enhance testosterone levels in both men and women. The equal balance of these two hormones helps with amplifying the sex drive and orgasm in both men and women. In addition, honey contains B vitamins which are necessary for increasing testosterone production, as well as other nutrients, enzymes, and phytochemicals.

Figs

This sensuous fruit has long been thought of as an arousing stimulant. The Greeks held figs in high regard and associated them with love and fertility. Figs are also mentioned in the Bible with Adam and Eve wearing fig leaves for covering their private parts. With that being said, adding figs to your list of potions and erotic elixirs may just add a boost to your sex drive.

Almonds

Throughout human history, almonds were regarded as a fertility symbol. It’s widely speculated that the aroma of an almond has the ability to increase passion in women. Scientists say almonds provide high doses of vitamin E, magnesium, and even fiber. Therefore, there seems to be something to the almond myths. If you aren’t in the mood to munch on (or smell) these nuts, you can use the Sweet Almond Massage Oil found in the Kama Sutra Weekender Kit to help put your partner in the mood.

aphrodisiacsGinseng

As for powerful potions and erotic elixirs, Ginseng is an incredible spicy additive often used in Asian cuisine. Its sharp, hot taste is known for stimulating the taste buds and amping up the sex drive. Ginseng literally means “man root” and can be a mild stimulant that can boost energy levels. So, be sure to sprinkle some Ginseng in the cauldron of love.

Pumpkin Pie

Starbucks knows the obvious appeal of pumpkin! They built a holiday empire on pumpkin spice alone. And they just might be onto something. If you find yourself particularly horny around Thanksgiving, it could have something to do with the potions and elixirs placed on the dessert table. Studies conducted by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation say that consuming pumpkin leads to increase penile blood flow by 40 percent. The alluring scent was also found to drive women wild!

aphrodisiacsWatermelon

Viagra is the modern medical equivalent to aphrodisiacs. So it’s surprising to know that watermelon may have Viagra-like effects. Scientists found that watermelon contains large amounts of a plant nutrient called citrulline. This nutrient could have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems. The chemical can also relax blood vessels and improve blood flow, much like Viagra’s active ingredient does. The downside is citrulline is not organ-specific and is only found in the inedible rind. However, if the taste is enough to get you going, we recommend adding the watermelon flavor of Sensuva Lic-O-Licous Oral Delite Cream to help make oral more of a pleasure.

Got your own recipe for an aphrodisiac? Leave it in the comments below!

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