When you think of an aphrodisiac what comes to mind? Perhaps champagne, strawberry or chocolates. Well, in the land of the Kamasutra, India’s most famous guide to love and lovemaking, there is no dearth of aphrodisiacs. In fact, let’s dive right into it. Here are 5 foods in your kitchen that are actually ancient Indian aphrodisiacs. Consume them and it will heighten your sexual pleasure and add the extra oomph to your love life. You can thank us later.
A quintessential necessity for every Bollywood suhaag raat scene, milk and sugar are the most popular aphrodisiac. It’s not surprising that most Kamasutra aphrodisiac recipes contain milk, sugar and honey. Milk is known to increase one’s strength and sexual vigour. To date, in certain households, brides give their bridegroom a glass of milk infused with sugar and crushed almonds on their wedding night to aid the performance.
Now you’d wonder why is garlic even on this list. After all, you’d probably avoid garlic due to its pungent smell. Interestingly, garlic was considered a kitchen ingredient loaded with aphrodisiac properties in ancient India. The diallyl disulfide in garlic is known to increase a person’s testosterone levels. In fact, it’s very beneficial for men who want to enhance their sexual performance.
Egyptian queen Cleopatra was a big fan of saffron. She used to bathe in milk infused with saffron. The Egyptians and ancient Indians both believed that saffron (kesar) has aphrodisiac properties. Saffron has a sweet aroma, lends a beautiful colour and is known to have a calming and soothing effect on both men and women. For men, saffron is known to increase sperm motility and promote male fertility.
Nutmeg or jaiphal is a popular ancient aphrodisiac in the Middle East, Indonesia and India. Its properties are known to improve vigour. Nutmeg has a sweet aroma and it’s often consumed in dry powder where it’s added to dishes. It acts as a sex stimulant and helps in premature ejaculation and low sperm count. Nutmeg not only helps in sexual performance when consumed. It can be made into an oil and applied to male genitals to cure erectile dysfunction.
Did you know fenugreek or methi is a wonderful ancient Indian aphrodisiac for women? Fenugreek seeds are known to boost sex drive in women. In a study conducted in 2012, 80 women with low sex drive were fed fenugreek daily. The study noted a drastic increase in women’s sex drive. So ladies, perhaps the good ol’ methi can help you create the heat in the sheets.
Lovers! These are some of the kitchen ingredients that are actually well-known ancient Indian aphrodisiacs. The best way to a person’s heart is through food. And what can be a better way than this!