Aphrodisiacs are based on the principle that what a person eats can have a direct impact on his or her sex life. Some foods are sexually stimulating because they affect brain chemistry while others can directly increase blood flow to sex organs. Still other ingredients can arouse sexual desire since they are psychologically suggestive because of their aroma, shape or color. One of the most popular aphrodisiacs known to humankind is fennel which has the added virtue of being a health-enhancing tonic for women.
Fennel as a libido booster for women
Fennel’s botanical name is Foeniculum vulgare and it belongs to the Apiaceae family which also includes plants like parsley and carrot. Fennel is native to southern Europe though it is now naturalized in northern Europe, North America and Australia besides being cultivated almost all over the world. Fennel is related to plants like cumin, dill, anise and caraway in that all these herbs bear small, aromatic fruits which are popularly called seeds. Historical significance of the herb. Fennel has a long history of magical, medicinal and culinary uses. The first known use of the herb was made by the ancient Egyptians who regarded fennel as a potent nutritional supplement and libido booster and employed the herb in various medicinal and culinary recipes. In ancient China, fennel was believed to treat cases of snake bite too. From the medicinal, it was a small step to the magical when fennel was started to be used in the Middle Ages as protection against witches and evil spirits and accordingly hung over the doorway of houses on Midsummer Eve. Eventually fennel came to be used as an important ingredient in love potions, a tradition which continued with modifications till recent times as evidenced by fennel’s presence in modern stimulants like absinthe.
Fennel works as an aphrodisiac for women
The key to fennel’s reputation as an aphrodisiac lies in the fact that the plant contains certain compounds that are similar to the female hormone estrogen. These plant-based estrogen-like compounds are known as phytoestrogen and are believed to stimulate sexual desire among women. Probably for this reason too, fennel was used as a breast enlarger in folk medicine. In fact, so rich is fennel in phytoestrogens that in the 1930s, the herb was considered as a source for producing synthetic estrogens.
Fennel helps weight loss
Fennel is also believed to be a potent carminative and has been used to aid weight loss. Historically, fennel was widely consumed in times of Lent or other fasts as a way of staving off hunger. It is this aspect of fennel which can help women in the treatment of obesity and thus make their bodies leaner and fitter for love.
An important function of aphrodisiac is to treat underlying physiological disorders which may be preventing a person from experiencing a fulfilling sex life. In this regard, fennel is an important aphrodisiac for women since it has been known to alleviate several types of gynecological disorders. Fennel is believed to encourage menstruation among women suffering from absence of or scanty periods. According to traditional medicine, the herb is also an effective means of reducing distressing symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings related to pre-menstrual syndrome and menopause.
Fennel oil is an extremely sweet and aromatic oil which has been traditionally used to stimulate sexual desire in women by appealing to the olfactory senses. In fact, fennel seeds were chewed to obtain sweet-smelling breath in the past when artificial mints and breath fresheners were not available. And everyone knows how conducive fresh, sweets-smelling breath is to amorous encounters! This is also one reason why the essential oil made from fennel seeds has emerged as a significant ingredient in the manufacture of perfumes, soaps, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals in modern times.
Besides working directly to enhance female libido, fennel is packed with valuable nutrients essential for building up immunity and the proper functioning of all systems of the body including the sex organs. The herb is rich in fiber, vitamin C and minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron, all of which are essential for a healthy sex life. Being stocked with essential vitamins and minerals, fennel has powerful antioxidant properties which prevents signs of aging and helps to boost immunity, longevity and sexual vigor.
How is fennel used
Fennel is an incredibly versatile herb whose every part can be consumed to achieve its health-giving benefits. Its leaves can be added to salads, soups or used as garnish. All the aerial portions of the herb including the flower can be used in food. The stem can be grilled with fish, meat or vegetables while the fleshier leafstalk base can be eaten raw or cooked like a vegetable. Fennel seeds can be used to make spices and seasonings, brewed to make teas or distilled into essential oils. For medicinal and especially aphrodisiac purposes, it is the seed and the oil which is mainly used. In recent years, fennel pollen is being collected from wild fennel flowers, dried and packed to be retailed through gourmet food suppliers.
Side effects of Fennel
According to the Herb Society of America, an educational and non-profit organization, Fennel is generally recognized as safe at 50-6500 ppm while fennel essential oil is generally recognized as safe at 0.3 -234 ppm. Even though allergic reactions to fennel are very rare, they have been known to happen sometimes. In doses more than a teaspoon, fennel oil can become toxic and may cause nausea, vomiting and even seizures. According to the German Commission E, certain preparations made from fennel are not recommended for pregnant women and very young children.
Natural aphrodisiacs like fennel are generally safe and fun to experiment with. Used in moderation, such herbs can not only alleviate a variety of disorders but also boost immunity and work as a tonic for the healthy functioning of all the physiological systems. And best of all, they can act as a catalyst for hotter sex in the bedroom, both due to their physiological and psychological effects.