Certain herbs, spices, food and drink are known to boost sexual drive. Some spices include cloves, cinnamon, oregano, cumin, anise, turmeric, cilantro, nutmeg, chilies and cardamom. These spices contain essential oils and alcohols that contribute their unique properties of smell, taste and sensory powers. For example, anethole is an aromatic compound that accounts for the distinctive sweet “licorice” flavor of anise, cayenne, fennel, and star anise (a key ingredient in Absinthe). Cinnamaldehyde is a chemical in cinnamon, and eugenol is present in cinnamon, clove and allspice. When ingested, the magic begins.
Pharmacologic effects ranging from increased circulation in the brain and other areas; lowering inhibitions, euphoria to mild hallucinations are possible.
(Source: Sweet Plantains)
When I wrote about avocado, I mentioned that it’s believed to be an aphrodisiac, but that I have never noticed any proof of this effect any time that I have eaten an avocado. Now I found the above piece of text, claiming that cinnamon is an aphrodisiac too. I immediately thought about the times I ate pancakes with cinnamon sugar on it and tried very hard to remember if I was in the mood for sex afterward. But then I remembered that the last time I ate pancakes with cinnamon sugar is back in my teens, before I ever had sex for the first time, which means I would not have noticed the effect. Or maybe there was an effect, but I just never connected it to the fact that I have eaten anything with cinnamon. My mind also traveled to the many times I drank ‘autumn tea’ which tasted mainly like cinnamon. I never felt horny afterward, but calm and content. Since avocado doesn’t have that effect and now cinnamon doesn’t either, does it mean I am immune to aphrodisiacs?
I’m not even going to try to answer that question!
© Rebel’s Notes
This post links to the A to Z Blogging Challenge 2015
C = Cinnamon