Ginger is an incredibly popular, exotic, Eastern flavoring. And it’s been used for centuries as a highly effective aid to digestion. But this flowering plant from the far East also has a reputation as a popular aphrodisiac. And the legend of ginger benefits sexually is embraced not just on the Asian continent but 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 and male sexual health. Today, thanks to modern science, we know much more about how ginger impacts men sexually. However, centuries before humans could prove how ginger worked, it was observed that the spice “increased lustful yearnings.” And that’s actually what gave the warming spice a reputation as an aphrodisiac food. Here’s a closer look at how we now understand the truth about ginger for sex.
What is ginger used for sexually?
There are many traditional uses of ginger around the world 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, this spice is beloved for its ability to improve circulation to hands, feet, and, of course, throbbing loins. I have heard a rumor that, in the far reaches of the world, this root is even applied topically to private parts to enliven men’s fading desires. (Do not try this!)
How can ginger 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. Like turmeric, ginger is believed to reduce oxidative stress in the body.
The most noted way ginger is used as a sex aid is that this humble spice is linked with increased blood flow and improved circulation. But how does better blood flow 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. And keep in mind that, although poor circulation is more often talked about as an issue for men, it can also negatively impact women’s libido and ability to reach climax.
Of course, improvement of circulation is a 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. In fact, there are other ways ginger can impact male libido. In order to understand this, we need to take a closer look at ginger’s benefits specific to men.
Benefits for men
Better circulation can give both women and men a better experience in the bedroom. But some of ginger’s most exciting properties are specifically enjoyed by men. So while women should definitely enjoy ginger for its flavor and health properties, it’s men who really reap the most rewards from this delicious spice.
Does ginger reduce erectile dysfunction?
According to multiple studies, including this one published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, ginger might reduce blood pressure in a similar way, (and possibly as effectively), as certain prescription medications used to treat erectile dysfunction. 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 study was quite small and this and other research to date on this topic is considered inconclusive. And unfortunately, there is no data good available on how or how much ginger is required to give men a sexual boost. However, a 2017 study on the use of ginger as a circulatory supplement highlighted the spice’s potential as a treatment for ED, which help lend legitimacy to the claim that ginger may have a real link with enhancement.
Does it increase testosterone production?
A 2018 study links ginger and testosterone production. This may be the true key to ginger benefits to manhood. Certainly, it proves promising to men struggling with hormonal imbalance.
Testosterone is one of the vital hormones for men’s sexual performance and sex drive. According to the study, ginger may stimulate testosterone production by enhancing blood flow and increasing levels of luteinizing hormone. This is promising news for men who suffer from low libido.
Can it improve fertility in men?
One of the benefits of ginger for men is that it may improve male fertility. According to a 2012 study, ginger increased sperm motility in men with known fertility issues. (It’s not surprising since reducing oxidative stress is linked with male fertility.)
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 the sexual health of all men and how it might be used for fertility.
In addition, further study is also needed to determine what quantity of ginger is required to see improvement in men’s sexual health. And it is recommended that you talk to a medical professional before experimenting with using ginger for manhood on your own.
Benefits of ginger for both women and men
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.
For couples looking to conceive, ginger’s benefits show promise in helping women as well as men. In at least one animal study, ginger showed promise in improving women’s fertility as well as boosting sperm motility in men. Although research on ginger and fertility is still in its infancy, this spice shows remarkable promise in helping couples conceive in the tastiest way.
Ginger might be low in calories but one other sex 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.
Should you take ginger for sex in capsule form?
Keep in mind that if you are considering ginger supplementation in capsule form, you should first seek medical advice. 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.
Does the combination of ginger and garlic help sexually?
Both ginger and garlic are known as aphrodisiacs. And both of these natural ingredients offer some scientifically proven benefits to sexual health. In addition, there is promising early research on both ingredients that demonstrates possible benefits to libido and sexual performance. This may be why there’s a common belief that a combination of the two will offer even more powerful sexual benefits.
But there is no proven sex benefit to combining ginger with garlic. (Some natural health proponents suggest that combining garlic with ginger and honey is an even more potent sexual aid. But again, although all three ingredients show some potential to support sexual health naturally, there’s no proven benefit to combining these three ingredients.)
Added benefits to overall health and wellbeing
As I mentioned, 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 may help you feel and look your best. That’s because gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, is rich in antioxidant effects. It is proven to reduce both oxidative stress and inflammation. (The potential benefits of reduced oxidative stress were discussed above.) In addition to possibly boosting sexual experience and male fertility, these rejuvenating properties help fight the aging process. Additionally, the antioxidants in ginger are even linked with improving brain function. And isn’t the best lover a creative lover?
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. And ginger’s success as a treatment for nausea even includes treating morning sickness. (Note that ginger is not recommended for all pregnant women. If you are expecting, check with a physician before using ginger.)
Studies show that ginger may even have weight loss benefits and might be beneficial to those needing to shed excess body fat. (Keep in mind that weight loss can be part of a healthy treatment plan for overweight men suffering from erectile dysfunction.)
While none of these ginger benefits directly impact your sex life, all of them add up to helping you look and feel the sexiest. So even when it’s not used specifically to boost sexual health, ginger may be helping your sex life.
Cooking and serving suggestions
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 an extra bite. One of my favorite uses for raw ginger is this Turkey Congee with Cranberries.
Another renowned 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.
More ginger recipes:
Hibiscus Hot Toddy Cocktail
East Indian Gin Gimlet
Vegan Spinach and Ginger Smoothie
Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake
Grilled Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad
Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Jicama Salad
Spicy Thai Fish Cakes
Korean Beef Stew with Soy-Braised Bok Choy
Cold Soba Noodle Salad for Two
Coconut Shrimp Thai Curry
Lamb Tagine with Pomegranates
Six-Spice Oatmeal Cookies
This article was written in 2010 and most recently updated in June 2022.
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