When you think of the word "aphrodisiacs, " images of fresh, glistening oysters, fluffy ambrosia, and juicy, plump strawberries likely come to mind. You're not wrong—these are most definitely sexy (and delicious) snacks. Problem is, tracking down a plate of fresh oysters or basket of juicy strawberries in the middle of February isn't exactly easy to do. Layer on shipping delays, and you and your partner might be better off snacking on a drugstore box of chocolates this Valentine's Day.
Enter, Amazon, the last-minute lifesaver that can deliver a belly-full of aphrodisiacs straight to your door. Nope, we're not talking about seafood or marshmallow salad (please, we're begging you, leave those to your local grocery store). Instead, we're talking about the seemingly endless list of sexy supplements, shakes, and snacks you can have shipped overnight.
One hiccup: scroll through Amazon and you'll find a plethora of products that claim to be libido-boosting or sex-drive-stimulating. Unfortunately, not all of them will, um, do the trick. Instead, shop these eight expert-approved aphrodisiacs below, all available for shipping on Amazon long before V-day.
8 mouth-watering aphrodisiacs on Amazon to shop now
Supplements, canned drinks, gummies—maca is suddenly everywhere. So what exactly is it? Good question! Also known as Peruvian ginseng, it's actually a root that grows way high in the Andes mountains known for its supposed libido-boosting powers. As Ayurvedic expert Sahara Rose previously explained, the rowdy root may help to balance out hormonal disruptions, which can often hinder desire and, erm, performance.
While maca's magical powers are still being studied, research does indicate it can be a game changer in the bedroom. A 2015 study from Massachusetts General Hospital tracked a group of 45 women who experienced sexual dysfunction after starting antidepressants. After 12 weeks, the group who took maca reported improvements in their levels of desire, with postmenopausal women reporting the most success. Another study on people who identify as men found that those who consumed either 1,500 or 3,000 milligrams of the root for eight weeks reported an increase in desire. While these studied are small (and more need to be done), this still seems to be an interesting indicator of the effects of maca.
Good news is you don't have to hike the Andes to reap the benefits of this dirty lil' root. Amazon is chock full of supplements—here are some of our faves.
Or, go for something a little tastier. Rebbl makes this delicious mocha drink that’s blended with maca root, cocoa powder, and coconut milk for a drink that’ll get you in the mood. If chocolate doesn’t tickle your fancy, there’s also a cold brew that’ll wake you up in…all the ways.
There's a reason chocolates are so popular on Valentine's Day—dark chocolate is a natural aphrodisiac known to help get folks in the mood. As Brigitte Zeitlin, RD, and owner of BZ Nutrition in New York City, previously explained to us, dark chocolate is so sexy thanks to its chemical makeup that can turn the body on naturally.
"Dark chocolate, 70 percent or higher, contains compounds that actually boost the release of feel-good hormones getting you more in the mood for some togetherness and even more feel-good hormones," said Zeitlin. "Pair it with some dried apricots for extra pro-longed sexy energy, as the amino acids in apricots can trigger more stamina."
Whether you've got a hot date planned or just a steamy night in for some ~alone time~ on the books, these sweet treats will do the trick.
Ashwagandha is another "it girl" ingredient in the wellness space. Aside from its stress relieving properties, it's also an aphrodisiac and has made its way into many libido-boosting consumer products. As Sahara previously explained, it helps relax the body (always great for when things get hot and heavy) and helps increase circulation, sending blood to all the right places.
Like maca, ashwagandha's libido-boosting benefits are science-backed. On the testosterone front, especially, the shrub is proving to be powerful. One study of 60 people with a penis struggling with fertility, ashwagandha helped drop cortisol levels significantly over three months while boosting testosterone levels and semen vitality. Another study in vagina owners found that those who took 600 milligrams daily for eight weeks could help increase pleasure, desire, and overall satisfaction. Get your hands on the sexy stuff, below.
Skip the red wine and pour yourself a steamy mug of this hot cocoa instead. It’s blended with natural ingredients hand-picked to soothe your mood and boost your sex drive, including ashwagandha, shataravi (an ayurvedic herb for sexual health) and, of course, cacao.
Don't let the scientific name scare you off—this is another hand-picked suggestion for horniness. If you're not familiar with Tribulis terrestris, it's a spiney plant that's commonly found in the Mediterranean that's been used medicinally for ages. It's also the aphrodisiac of choice that Sally Fisher, MD, integrative medicine specialist and medical director at Sunrise Springs, suggested to us.
"I tend to recommend Tribulus terrestris, used in folk medicine for hundreds of years, because of modern research on sexual function improvement in both women and men, but I’d emphasize that I’d approach this integratively, and if there is room for improvement, put lifestyle changes foremost," she previously said. Find the stuff below.
Editor's note: If you're unsure whether these ingredients play nice with your medication(s), or concerned if they have an effect on any underlying health conditions, always check with your doctor or healthcare provider.
These potent pills are practically horny in a bottle. They’re blended with maca and tribulus terrestris for extra oomph, along with a bunch of extra herbs. Just note, they are strong—there’s 9,600 milligrams per capsule, so you might want to speak with your doctor or nutritionist before adding into your diet.
If you want something less hard core, opt for this supplement instead. There’s 400 milligrams of the flower in each capsule, plus maca root and ginseng for added support. Pop one daily to build up your libido and see for yourself what this little flower can do.
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