APHRODISIACSAPHRODISIACS‘Fetch me that flower, the herb I show’d thee once; The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid Will make man or woman madly dote Upon the next live creature that it sees.’

Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

POTENT OR PLACEBO EFFECT?

APHRODISIACSThroughout history, aphrodisiacs, with their natural and physical properties pertaining to sex, have been used as sexual enhancers, inadequacy remedies and to encourage fertility. The promotion and sale of these love-makers, including scents, foods and drugs, is a multibillion – dollar industry, though modern science says there is little evidence to support most claims of libido-boosting properties. Despite this, lovers everywhere have always been attracted to these arousal aids, which often prove successful with the help of the most powerful aphrodisiac there is – the mind.

‘There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.’

Подпись: Spanish Fly Actually made from a blister beetle, this can cause burning, vomiting and kidney failure among other unpleasant side-effects, but it has still been desired throughout history since it is supposed to produce record amounts of sexual activity. Registered as a Class One poison and illegal in most countries, it is permissible for animal husbandry in the US, while the German Spanische Fliege is only obtainable in a safe homeopathic dosage.

Jean Baudrillard, French philosopher

‘There is no scientific proof that any over-the-counter aphrodisiacs
work to treat sexual dysfunction.’ US Food and Drug Administration