Aphrodisiacs and naturalness: the essentials and the lesser known

Author: Emilie Leconte
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June 30, 2020

Maybe you think that aphrodisiacs are unusual products? Think again. With 43% of women and 31% at men report suffering from at least 1 sexual dysfunction [1], these disorders affect all age groups [2]. Long silenced, we now speak of these dysfunctions in a straightforward manner and global demand for desire stimulating products is booming. [3] The bleak period we have gone through has reinforced this trend for consumers who are increasingly opting for « well-being » products. To help us welcome the fine days in a more light spirited way, shops are filled with these aphrodisiac « remedies ».


These aphrodisiacs, secrets from our alcoves


Since the dawn of time, sexuality and sexual performance have aroused the interest of mankind and therapists around the world. Indeed, today sexuality is assimilated to pleasure, but it must not be forgotten that in the history of humanity it revealed the viability of the human species. [4] It’s for this reason that sexuality is a major concern and that there are thousands of aphrodisiacs used to stimulate desire [5][4]. From antiquity to the contemporary period, surprising and improbable sexual stimulants have crossed the centuries and numerous substances are historically known: rhinoceros horns, the « Spanish fly » venin [5] but also the cocoa bean, oysters or hot pepper and more « sex coffee », a coffee based drink especially designed to boost libido... [6]


Plants, natural remedies


While consumers seek solutions to boost their libido and enhance pleasure, they aren’t willing to consume any old thing and they turn first and foremost to natural alternatives. For centuries, herbal medicine was the only therapeutic remedy for sexual dysfunctions. Left behind for a certain time in favour of medicine, consumers are turning once again to natural solutions. This movement was already operating before the COVID-19 crisis and was reinforced by the fear raised by this pandemic and the need to feel reassured with healthy products. So, the quest for natural ingredients is increasing… [5] But what are the plant stimulants that increase blood flow, rekindle pleasure and energise the body and spirit? From the most classical to the most unexpected, here’s an overview of the raw materials with aphrodisiac virtues.


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The essentials


  • ginger: surely the most well-known of natural aphrodisiacs. It is reputed for creating blood flow to raise desire.
  • ginseng, ideal for decreasing stress and fatigue, it helps you to recover tonicity and vitality [7]
  • maca is a powerful aphrodisiac [7] which also improves fertility. [8]


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The most unexpected


Above and beyond these key references, there are additional unexpected formulations with plants such gingko biloba and ashwagandha which increases blood circulation [9], tongkat ali which improves the production of testosterone [9] or guarana, yohimbe, kola nuts, cocoa, pepper, etc.


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Sources :

[1] https://time.com/3984196/aphrodisiacs-that-work/

[2] https://www.doctissimo.fr/html/dossiers/troubles_erectiles/se_6769_erection_dysfonctionnements_chiffres.htm

[3] https://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/aphrodisiac-powder-market.html

[4] https://www.lexpress.fr/styles/saveurs/chocolat-huitres-gingembre-piment-pourquoi-les-croit-on-aphrodisiaques_2061419.html

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3731873/

[6] https://www.femmeactuelle.fr/amour/sexo/sex-coffee-boisson-aphrodisiaque-naturelle-40010

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3731873/

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3731873

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5422695/


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