Thursday, June 18, 2009

Brazilian aphrodisiacs, straight from the Amazon

From another part of the world, namely the tropical, humid, green jungle of the Amazon rainforest come many herbs that are traditionally said to be and are used as aphrodisiacs.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa, Turnera aphrodisiaca) is a shrub, reminiscent to chamomile in odour that is said to boost the libido and control body hormones. It is used as tea by the native people in Central and South America, blended with sugar. It can also be smoked, and allegedly has effects similar to those of marijuana, but milder.

A quite well-known climbing plant from the Amazon is Guarana (Paullinia cupana) and its fruit. It contains about twice the amount of caffeine compared to coffee beans, and is used in several energy drinks. It has been scientifically shown to increase memory, alertness and mood.

Muira puama (or Marapuama, Ptychopetalum olacoides), in German interestingly enough known as Potenholz, virility wood. Grows in the Brazilian rainforest and has a jasmine-like perfume.

Catuba is said to be another lubricant of the mind, as is Cajueiro (Anacardium occidentale), which is a cashew.

Suma (Pfaffia paniculata) is also called Brazilian ginseng. It is called “para tudo” which in Portuguese means “for everything”, indicating that it has been used for more things than increasing lust. Suma contains germanium, beta-ecdysterone, allantoin, and a group of phytochemical saponins called pfaffosides. It is also said that it contains two plant hormones, sistosterol and stigmasterol with properties alike those of estrogen.

Maca (domesticated Lepidium peruvianum, or wild Lepidium meyenii) is an edible root growing in the mountain chain the Andes, in Bolivia and Peru. Its taste is somewhat like a mix between radish and turnip. It is sometimes called Peruvian ginseng, but is not related to ginseng. It has a high concentration of proteins and vital nutrients, but also contains the chemical p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate, reputedly having aphrodisiac properties.

Oats (Avena sativa) is also used as an aphrodisiac.

My personal advice, to give an erotic injection, would be to visit Brazil in person… Go, taste the freshly squeezed juices from the Amazon, try the sweet fresh mangoes, the sour but refreshing acerolas, the berries, the pineapples… It will make you feel so light and vivid, and together with the rhythmic sounds of samba, the ouludum and all those marvellously trained chocolate-coloured bodies, the sea, the cities, the rolling movements and why not some light, ice-cold Brazilian Devassa beer or start a wild fire in your sexual mind with some strong cachaça… unforgettable sexual details.

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