Chasteberry has been used to treat female hormonal issues for millennia, and it’s known to help reduce postmenstrual syndrome symptoms, however, there’s no scientific evidence to support the notion that it’s an aphrodisiac.
2. Saw palmetto
People claim that saw palmetto can enhance both the male and female libido, but there are no scientific studies that substantiate these claims. In fact, saw palmetto is an anti-androgen (or anti-male hormone), so it’s more than likely that it actually decreases libido in men rather than increases it.
3. Wild yam
The claim that topically applied wild yam extract can increase the libido in menopausal women appears to be wildly exaggerated, however, it does actually ease menopausal symptoms.
Alura is made from arginine, citric acid, menthol and water among other ingredients. The manufacturer claims that it can enhance sexual satisfaction in women when applied topically, but doubts remain over its efficacy.
5. Cannabis products
Although pot smokers advocate for how cannabis can increase your libido and the market for commercially available cannabis products is growing around the world, there are actually no published studies to support claims that cannabis can increase libido in either men or women.
6. Rhino horn
This horrible belief, which is perpetuated in Asia in particular, needs to be stamped out before all of the rhinos in the world disappear. A rhino horn can fetch up to $30,000 in select Asian countries, but there’s actually nothing in a rhino horn that even remotely has the ability to enhance libido.
7. Tribulus terrestis
Although this herb has been shown to increase sperm production in men and there’s some evidence to hint at it improving sexual satisfaction in women, the jury is still out on Tribulus terrestris’ ability to boost libido. With that being said, the herb is often prescribed for a variety of medicinal uses.
Chocolate does stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain, but there’s no scientific evidence to link chocolate and libido. It’s often perceived as a sexy food, but the myth isn’t supported by existing medical literature.
Oysters are full of zinc, which boosts testosterone production, but that doesn’t mean to say that they actually boost libido or sexual function. There’s no solid scientific evidence to back up the common notion that oysters are aphrodisiacs. With that being said, eating them still makes people feel sexy…
Seeing as honey’s made through pollination, it’s often on the list of popular aphrodisiac foods. Unfortunately, this is about as much as there is to link honey with libido. The science is just lacking.