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Sorry girls, if sex was your excuse to eat chocolate, you’ll have to find a new one!

What terrible form of trickery is this? A team of scientists from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada have discovered that chocolate, oysters and wine are not, in fact, nature’s best aphrodisiacs. So what are, and are they easy to find in case you need that extra little bit of help while you’re traveling?

Strangely, two herbs are going to do more for you than choccie, which has a low-level effect, oysters, which just seem arousing, and wine, which speeds up your libido but slows down your dude’s ability to do anything about his lust. Saffron and ginseng are the names of the sexual desire game. But what are they and what do they do?

Saffron is a yellow spice typically used in Persian, Arabian, Asian, Indian and Turkish foods and is known to be one of the oldest sex boosters of all time. In fact, it’s been reported that Cleopatra used to add saffron — which also happens to be one of the most expensive herbs in the world — to her bath in order to enhance her sexual shenanigans with Marc Antony (or whoever). Don’t be surprised if you see Angelina Jolie getting all saff-happy in the new Cleopatra reboot, mkay?

Ginseng is known as nature’s Viagra. It speeds you up and gets you going, apparently, but also has other uses. In addition to treating penile dysfunction (god, I love that phrase) ginseng is great for memory loss, type II diabetes and energy; it’s actually an ingredient in most of the energy drinks we love so much.

Other natural aphrodisiacs found to boost your libido include:  yohimbine from the yohimbe trees of West Africa, the maca root from the Andes mountains and muira puama, a Brazilian flower.

So the next time you need to get your guy (or yourself) going, forego the chocolate and merlot and turn instead to an energy drink or a bowl of Indian curry. You may not smell awesome, but at least you’ll be in the mood…

Laura xo

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