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 ginger aphrodisiac is 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.
Even today, 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 Eastern 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 to turmeric. And it even shares some similarities with turmeric in the ways this spice can impact libido.
What is ginger used for sexually?
It turns out, this humble spice can improve blood flow and circulation naturally. (Poor circulation is one of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction in men.) But ginger may prove to be a powerful aid in fighting this surprisingly common sexual dysfunction.
According to WebMD, ginger might reduce blood pressure similarly effectively as certain prescription, erectile dysfunction medications. And not only does this natural benefit of ginger 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 the foods beneficial to men’s sexual organs. According to a 2017 study on the use of ginger a a circulatory supplement, this spice may offer male enhancement and may even work as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. Certainly, there is evidence that it improves sex drive in older men.
Ginger benefits for men – the link to testosterone production
In addition, 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 it also plays a role in fertility. According to the study, ginger may stimulate testosterone production.
Can ginger improve fertility in men?
So if ginger can potentially improve testosterone levels, can it boost fertility in men?
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.
Ginger aphrodisiac benefits for men and women
As an aphrodisiac for women as well as men, ginger is good for your sex life in one other, very interesting way. (This is one of my favorite uses of ginger as an aphrodisiac because the effect is immediate.) Ginger is known to raise body heat similarly to the affects of eating chile peppers. It can also make your lips plump up with kissable softness and desirability. Keep this in mind when planning a night of seduction!
It should also be added that although ginger is low in calories, it 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
It is believed that 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 benefits of ginger.
Not only is there mounting evidence that ginger will improve circulation and sex drive but 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 fatique 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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