Wednesday, February 8, 2012

How About A Love Potion...?

Since valentine's day is just around the corner, I wanted to discuss some gift ideas.

You might not need any of these, but just in case you or someone you know does...I thought I would offer some different love potions I found in the pages of Farmer's Almanac.

Just doing my part to share the information in a timely fashion, ya know?

The Aphrodisiac That Really Works
by Christine Schultz

Source: Adapted from an article in the 1996 Old Farmer's Almanac

History is full of stories of ordinary people using bizare stimulants for their love live: powder from the horns of rhinos, bat blood mixed with whiskey, crocodile dung . . . you get the idea.

People have hoped for sexual euphoria since ancient times. In fact, the very word, aphrodisiac, comes from the Greek goddess of love Aphrodite, who has inspired cultures throughout the ages to achieve her legendary heights of delight. For example:

*Pliny the Elder recommended hippopotamus snout and hyena eyes.

*Horace touted dried marrow and liver.

*In Elizabethan times, prunes were so highly regarded as aphrodisiacs that they were served for free in brothels.
The Science of Infatuation

The possibility of death, presence of danger, secrecy, and even chocolate can spark erotic urgency. But so can the brain chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA). This is the stimulant the brain releases in the early stages of infatuation. It's the revver-upper that allows us to stay awake all night and lose our appetites.

PEA races through the system of the thrill seeker, allowing the adventurer to feel alert, self-assured and ready for whatever challenge awaits. For those men who need more help, we offer some tips from the great romantics of the past:

*Casanova championed oysters.

*Napoleon treasured truffles.

*Popeye performed manly feats on a can or two of spinach.

*The Mharajah of Bikaner ingested crushed diamonds.

*If all else fails, go forth and make yourself rich, or powerful, or the caretaker of a baby, for there are women who say these traits are most alluring.

Do love potions work?

In 1989, The US Food and Drug Administration banned advertisers from promoting pills or potions because testing had shown that none worked no matter what the contents—whether fennel or dried beetle bodies.

Any that appeared to work did so only because the user believed they would—the stimulant lay only in the users' mind. In other words, it's the imagination that creates its own exciting possibilities and the body that leaps forward to fulfill the fantasies.

The Last Stimulant You'll Ever Need

Love is the most magnificent of aphrodisiacs. Although it is certainly no more easier to get a hold of than some of these potions, it's a heck of a lot cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

Before you spend money on the goods, spend the time on your partner. Otherwise nothing will work. In the words of Prince Charles, who was offered an arousing cup of camel's milk post-Diana: "Fat lot of use it's going to be to me now!

I guess the fact that some of these might cost less than the modern versions, it might be worth investigating. Must be a high profit margin in modern versions of "snake oil", judging from the number of spam messages I get from folks selling Viagra!

To all the people trying to sell me this stuff, I don't want it and really don't need it. You'll just have to take my word for it 'cause I ain't going into details here!

How about some fresh coffee? Talk about a true love potion!


Gorges Smythe said...

Yes, what a pity Charles didn't get that elixer a bit sooner!

Rob In His Bunker said...

Way to many think its booze. The more you drink the better we all look in eyes of others.

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
I don't think even a potion would have done him any good! He sure did make some bad decisions in my way of thinking!

Thanks for coming by this morning!

Hey Rob...
Yeah, I can remember my wild and wooly days when I thought the same thing!

Thanks for the visit today!

Sixbears said...

The most important sexual organ is the brain.

linda m said...

I agree with the statement - "Before you spend money on the goods, spend the time on your partner. Otherwise nothing will work." Best present I could ever get.

JOJO said...

What a fun post. People can be so silly about all these things. I for one would not want to eat or drink these things. YUCK
But know for a great cup of coffee hmm lol

JOJO said...

What a fun post. People can be so silly about all these things. I for one would not want to eat or drink these things. YUCK
But know for a great cup of coffee hmm lol

Billy Bob said...

A single red rose works wonders. Ya don't eat it, ya give it.

Dizzy-Dick said...

And one fellow told me, "it is amazinge what money will do"!!

HermitJim said...

Hey Sixbears...
I certainly agree with that, my friend!

How is the sailing? Hope it's still good!

Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Linda...
Spending time with someone is by far the best gift you can give!

Priceless...that's for sure!

Thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey JoJo...
One thing can be said about most people. When it comes to romance, smarts go out the window!

Thanks, sweetie, for dropping by today!

Hey Billy Bob...
Always seemed to work for me! Wonder why that is?

Thank you for the visit today!

Hey Dizzy...
Sometimes money can change the perception of how a person looks, that's for sure!

Sort of that "one more beer" effect, I guess!

Thanks, Dizzy, for coming by today!

JOJO said...

I like the single red rose thing it says more than most things. But it has to come from some one special.

Bustednuckles said...

Beer, helping ugly people have sex since the Byzantine era.

Bustednuckles said...

It must be true, just look around ya.