Weird Historical Love Potions. Don’t Try This at Home

Kitchen spices may double as charming love boosters, but they are only a tiny sample of what humans have resorted to in order to bedazzle the opposite sex. Certain  munchies, such as raw bull’s testicles, pigeon eggs with honey and pig lard, oysters, nightshade and truffles (Napoleon’s favourite) were said to be sure fire.  The tomato, also known as the love apple, was banned by the Puritans as far too lust inducing for a decently sober population.  In the orient, eating as much garlic as possible made one irresistible to the opposite sex.  Also ambergris, a waxy substance from a whale’s innards composed of compacted squid parts and whale dung.        .

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I’ve devoured a whole pound of garlic, darling,
just for you.

I mentioned Cleopatra dissolving pearls in vinegar.  Well, the Maharajah of Bikaner swallowed crushed diamonds in hopes of making his performance sparkle. Among the Romans, Horace recommended liver and dried marrow.  Pliny the Elder favoured hyena eyes and hippopotamous snouts.  A fellow could always attach a vulture’s lung or a rooster’s testicle to himself for added attraction.  Or eat a sparrow whole, a bird sacred to Aphrodite, goddess of love.

All of this says we’ll do practically anything for each other.  The trick is to survive the effort.

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