According to Ashok Kumar Panda, a Senior Research Officer at the Ayurveda Regional Research Institute in Gangtok, Sikkim, the first known aphrodisiac was body odor.
In ancient Egypt, lilies were believed to be a prized possession of the goddess of love, Aphrodite, and therefore used to enhance sexual performance.
8th Century B.C.
The sucking fish or remora, was mixed into potions sold in Roman markets and was said to induce passion.
The Chinese began to consume sea cucumber for its phallic shape.
7th Century A.D.
Saffron was used all over, from India to Egypt to Greece. It is said that the herb builds stamina and promotes serenity.
12th Century A.D.
Balut, an egg containing a duck fetus, is consumed as a sidewalk snack in the Philippines to promote virility.
13th Century A.D.
In pre-Columbian times, leaf cutter ants were given as wedding gifts to be consumed on the first night of marital bliss.
Paracelsus, a Swiss-German doctor, said the shape of nature’s objects determined their purpose. Walnuts were thought to resemble testicles and were consumed for virility.
Carrots were believed to have had a stimulating effect on male potency. Arugula and garlic, too.
Rhinoceros horn was consumed by the Chinese to help blood circulation for men during love-making.
So the legend goes, Casanova consumed 50 oysters for breakfast every day to increase his libido.
19th Century A.D.
Fugu, or blow fish, is said to have passion-inducing power and is now only prepared by licensed cooks in Japan.
Tiger penis, eaten in Asia, is a highly coveted aphrodisiac, going for $300 to $400 a bowl, according to Natural Aphrodisiacs. Though the author does mention that very little is known about why it’s considered such a valuable stimulant.
In China, dried seahorses are submerged in a bottle of alcohol for about a month, then consumed by men to promote virility.
Source: Woman’s Day