Aphrodisiacs have been around for millennia.  They have been used to seduce women and make the sexual act more pleasurable.  However, most substances used as aphrodisiacs are ineffective at best and may be outright dangerous, e.g. Spanish fly.

An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire, libido and/or enhance sexual pleasure.  If you want to get your mojo on, do read on!

  • Gingko biloba

This is an herbal supplement used to boost the memory but has been discovered by scientists to reverse SSRI antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction in both men and women.  This was after an elderly man who was on an SSRI remarked that he observed an improvement in his erection quality after taking gingko biloba.  It is 84% effective in all 4 phases of the sexual response cycle {desire, excitement (erection and lubrication), orgasm and afterglow}.

Aphrodisiacs help those with low sex drive, only if they wish to be stimulated. They don’t help asexuals.
  • Turmeric

This yellow spice, commonly called red ginger by Hausa aboki sellers in Nigeria, is a powerful aphrodisiac.  It has been reported anecdotally to improve arousal, excitement and orgasm, especially in women and may reverse SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. SSRIs are a class of drugs used to treat depression.

  • Saffron

Saffron, a spice, is a scientifically proven aphrodisiac for men used to treat impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction.  It is effective, but not as good as Viagra.  It also does not have the side effects Viagra is known to have.

  • Korean ginseng

Korean ginseng, also known as Panax ginseng, is an herbal supplement used for energy and found in pharmacies in Nigeria.  Another aphrodisiac boosts the libido and arousal in both sexes.  It relaxes the muscles and improves blood flow to the genital region.

  • Yohimbine

Yohimbine is an herbal supplement that has been shown to have aphrodisiac properties.  It’s beneficial properties are hindered by serious side effects such as kidney failure and hallucinations, especially if taken in a dangerous dose.  Do not use without consulting a doctor.

  • Essential oils

I’m a big fan of essential oils. I use oils such as cinnamon, and chamomile and they have proven to be very relaxing for me.  If you have low sex drive, I suggest that you buy essential oils such as cinnamon and ylang ylang.  Rub them on the genital region (always dilute with a carrier oil such as olive oil or put a few drops in water) and sniff.  This will help heighten the sexual experience.  I know this cuz I insert diluted cinnamon oil into my vagina and now, my kegel exercises are much more pleasurable.  By the way, kegel exercises help to improve orgasms for both men and women.  Do Google it. Essential oils can be bought from pharmacies such as Health Plus, Med plus and other places such as Blissful herbals on 9, Fadeyi street, Obafemi Awolowo way, Ikeja Lagos.



  • Psychotherapy

This is useful if the cause of low sex drive and anorgasmia are emotional or psychological in origin.  The psychotherapy unit of Federal Neuropsychiatric hospital, Yaba Lagos provides excellent sex therapy services for singles and couples for just three thousand Naira! I kid you not.

There is no need for a married person to recourse to unhealthy fantasies, pornography or even infidelity in order to get his/her mojo on if your partner has a low sex drive.  With these aphrodisiacs, you can avoid that.


Disclaimer:  The suggestions herein do not constitute medical advice.  Please speak to your health care provider before using any of the herbs or spices suggested in this article.


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