The aphrodisiac history of ginger
Envelop yourself in the heat of this exotic, Eastern flavoring. Ginger has been used for centuries as a highly effective aid to digestion. But this flowering plant from the far East is also a popular aphrodisiac. And the legend of ginger aphrodisiac and sexual cure on one that’s embraced by cultures around the world.
But is ginger an aphrodisiac?
Ginger’s history as an aphrodisiac can be traced back to the first century AD, when physician Dioscorides recommended ginger for stimulating the male organ. Today, thanks to modern science, we know much more about how ginger impacts men sexually. But in earlier centuries, it was observations that ginger, “increased lustful yearnings,” that gave this warming spice a reputation as an aphrodisiac food.
What is ginger used for sexually?
Some cultures hold on to unique, traditional uses of ginger as a libido boosting, medicinal treatment.
For example, aphrodisiac ginger is used in India, mixed with eggs and honey, as a treatment for impotence. And in traditional Chinese medicine it is beloved for its ability to improve circulation to hands, feet and, of course, throbbing loins. I have heard rumor that, in the far reaches of the world, this root is even applied topically to enliven men’s fading desires.
How ginger can increase your libido naturally?
Ginger is a relative of turmeric, a spice famous for its health benefits. And ginger even shares some similarities with turmeric in the ways this spice can impact libido.
The most noted way ginger is used as a sex aid is that this humble spice is linked with improved blood flow and circulation.
But how can that improve your performance sexually?
Poor circulation is one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction in men. And ginger may prove to be a powerful aid in fighting this surprisingly common sexual dysfunction. Of course, improvement of circulation is the primary way ginger is used sexually but there may be other ways – perhaps even more effective ways – to use ginger for seduction and sexual satisfaction.
Ginger benefits for men (how is ginger used for man power?)
According to WebMD, ginger might reduce blood pressure in a similar way, (and possibly as effectively), certain prescription, erectile dysfunction medications prescribed to so many men. Not only does the natural benefit of ginger to reduce blood pressure improve heart and vein health but it also impacts sexual performance and the ability to reach sexual climax.
Is ginger good for male enhancement?
Ginger is considered one of a few foods linked with male enhancement. In one 2018 study, subjects reported improved erections from taking Kaempferia parviflora supplements. (Kaempferia parviflora is a plant in the ginger family.) We assume this is because it is a proven aid to circulation. But the Kaempferia parviflora was quite small and this and other research to date is considered inconclusive.
Although there is no data available on how or how much ginger is required to give men a sexual boost. another study, this one from 2017, on the use of ginger a a circulatory supplement, also highlighted the spice’s potential as a treatment for ED.
Does ginger increase libido in men?
A 2018 study links ginger and testosterone production. And this may be the true key to ginger benefits to manhood. Testosterone is one of the vital hormones for men’s sexual performance and sex drive. According to the study, ginger may stimulate testosterone production. This is promising news for men who suffer from low libido.
But if ginger increases testosterone production, what other ways might it improve men’s sex lives?
If ginger can potentially improve testosterone levels, can it boost men’s fertility?
Can ginger improve fertility in men?
According to Medical News Daily, one of the benefits of ginger for men is that it may in fact improve male fertility. According to a 2012 study, ginger increased sperm motility in men with known fertility issues.
It should be added that, while all of this research linking ginger with sexual health sounds incredibly promising, further research is needed to determine whether or not ginger can improve sexual health of all men and how it might be used for fertility.
Further study is also needed to determine what quantity of ginger is required to see improvement in men’s sexual health.
Should you take ginger for sex in capsule form?
Keep in mind that if you are considering taking aphrodisiac pills like ginger supplements in capsule form, you should check with a physician. Herbal supplements are not controlled as stringently as medications and some can interact with prescription medications.
That being said, ginger, whether it is fresh, dried or taken as a supplement, may have some surprisingly positive effects on both men’s and women’s sexual health.
Ginger aphrodisiac benefits for men and women
As an aphrodisiac for women as well as men, a meal made with ginger is good for your sex life in a very interesting way.
The experience of eating ginger can be a turn-on.
Ginger is known to raise body temperature. You know that feeling of getting warmer and warmer as you eat chile peppers? Ginger can have the same effect, only the impact is more subtle when you eat ginger. The sting of fresh ginger in your mouth can also make your lips plump up with kissable softness and desirability. (This is one of my favorite uses of ginger for sexual desire because the effect is immediate.)
Although it may be subtle, this sexy effect of eating ginger is something to keep in mind when planning a night of seduction.
Ginger might be low in calories but one other benefit of ginger for women and men is that this spice offers trace amounts of nutrients beneficial to men’s and women’s sexual health, including potassium, magnesium and vitamin C.
Other ways ginger can benefit your health and wellbeing
As I mentioned, the many of the benefits of ginger for sex are effective for women as well as men. And certainly while we wait for additional research on ginger and sex to tell us exactly how to use this alluring spice for sexual health, we can appreciate some of the other proven benefits of ginger.
Ginger is loaded with antioxidants to help you feel and look your best. According to Healthline, the antioxidants in ginger have even been linked with improving brain function. And isn’t the best lover a creative lover?
And beyond getting your heart fluttering, your lips plumping and your blood pumping, there are claims that the health benefits of ginger include treatment for fatigue and curing queasy stomachs.
Studies show that ginger may even have weight loss benefits and might be beneficial to those needing to shed excess body fat.
Best ways to serve ginger
Now, this might seem like a lot of medicinal powers for one lowly seasoning. But one of its greatest proponents was “all knowing” Confucius. He supposedly added ginger to every meal.
I love using this spicy root in my cooking, too. It can be used fresh, dried, powdered, candied or even made into a juice. Sometimes, I even prefer adding it raw for extra bite. One of my favorite uses for raw ginger is this Turkey Congee with Cranberries.
Another renown proponent of ginger root, French legend Madame du Barry, made a practice of serving it to her lovers. Why? Because it was said to drive all, including her most famous lover, Louis XV, to a state of complete and utter submissiveness.
Want to treat your lover to layers of this food of temptation? Try this recipe for Breakfast In Bed Triple Gingerbread. It uses three kinds of ginger for the most powerfully stimulating effect.
This article was written in 2010 and most recently updated in April 2021.
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