What Is An Aphrodisiac, And Do They Work?


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Okay, so we already know there’s no such thing as a love potion, but what about aphrodisiacs? Aren’t those supposed to make people suddenly feel all sexy and want to do sexy things with other people? Well, supposedly yes. Aphrodisiacs–which get their name from Aphrodite, who was the Greek goddess of love, romance, and sexuality–are substances (usually edible) that are supposed to make people want to have sex, or that make sex more enjoyable. Some examples of “aphrodisiacs” are chocolate, strawberries, and oysters.

The thing is that there’s not any proof that aphrodisiacs work. So, it’s not like you can slip a chocolate milk into your crush’s lunch and then BADABING!, expect him to make out with you after fifth period. But I do think that the thing most aphrodisiacs have in common is that they feel like treats–they’re luxurious and special. And when people are made to feel special and pampered, they might be more likely to feel sexy, too.

So go ahead and do what you can to make your crush feel like the coolest person on the planet. If he or she wants to get a little closer later, you could chalk it up to whatever “aphrodisiacs” you used, but really? I’d just give yourself credit for being the awesome, gorgeous, super desirable girl that you are! Magical aphrodisiacs had nothing to do with it!

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  • Raven

    Since when is there “no such thing” as a love potion? Are you prejudiced against witches here? Oh, yes, there is still RAMPANT prejudice against Paganism in certain places around the country, far worse then anything I’ve ever seen against black people. But to say it DOESN’T EVEN EXIST is like some Westboro shit. Pretty fucked up.