Volume 92, Issue 62
Tuesday, January 19, 1999
A quickie primer on aphrodisiacs
The Blue Oyster Bar may not have been much of a turn on for Lt. Harris and Const. Proctar but it is no coincidence this name was chosen for the infamous Police Academy club.
Aphrodisiac the word itself comes from the name of the ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. In today's culture it signifies any food or substance which nourishes the body and improves its sexual function, or which arouses desire and enhances the quality of the love act.
As you begin to stock your personal arsenal of aphrodisiacs, remember to look farther than the fridge massage, ointments and perfumes are just the tip of the iceberg.
Oysters are often the first aphrodisiacs which come to mind, but let's take a step back and go on the first half of an A-to-Z tour.
Asparagus A prime example of the "Law of Similarities," which states foods which look like sexual organs will give such organs a jolt.
Bee pollen/honey Formerly prescribed on wedding nights (hence honeymoon), about two teaspoons of this energy food should make for an interesting evening.
Chocolate Not to be used as a substitute for sex, chocolate contains the same endorphin (PAE) which is let loose into your blood stream when you fall in love. In addition it can be melted and molded.
Diamonds A girl's best friend can add some spark in a time of need.
Ginseng Ancient Chinese emperors drank a ginseng tonic said to enhance the mind, body and the spirit.
Hemp's semi-legal friend Due to its relaxing sedative effect, marijuana can open sensual and sexual awareness on several simultaneous planes. Unfortunately, you have to go to Amsterdam to use the stuff legally.
Intelligence Dr. Ruth says the most crucial sexual organ is the one in your skull. Besides, with all the money we're spending on our craniums we might as well use it for something other than studying.
Jell-O There's always room for J-E-L-L-O.
Kava kava The versatile root stalk of this plant can produce a sedative, a narcotic, an aphrodisiac or a stimulant. A drink prepared from the root stalk can create a calming high in about an hour, which translates into an aphrodisiac. However, be forewarned that an overdose can put you to sleep, which is probably the last thing you want to do. Capsules can be purchased at most herbalists and health food stores.
Massage This sensual act will relax your partner and create a harmonious bond between the two of you. Simple techniques can be learned through the Charlie Brown University right here on campus. Beware of large line-ups when returning from class.
Look out for John Chirico's column in the Feb. 2 issue of The Gazette for the second half of this list just in time for Valentine's Day.
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