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The word aphrodisiac is derived from Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. An aphrodisiac is a potion or drug that causes sexually excitement, heighten pleasure during sex, and help with sexual exhaustion.

Certain foods have often been regarded as having aphrodisiac qualities. The Greeks listed:

  • eggs
  • honey
  • snails
  • shellfish, such as mussels, crabs.

Many herbs have aphrodisiac properties such as:

The Arabian Perfumed Garden recommends taking for three nights on retiring:

  • a glass of very thick honey
  • 20 almonds
  • 100 pine nuts to be

External aphrodisiacs to increase the size of the penis included rubbing the penis with :

  • the melted down fat from the hump of a camel
  • bruised leeches
  • donkey’s genitals asses’ members
  • hot pitch

Another famous aphrodisiac is Spanish fly made from an extraction of cantharidin from the dried beetle cantharides.


If swallowed, cantharidin causes:

  • an intense burning sensation in the throat
  • diarrhea
  • the urogenital tract to become so inflamed that urination becomes impossible
  • engorged and throbbing penis due to excruciating pain rather

Taking Spanish fly can sometimes be fatal.

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