Psilocybin: Aphrodisiac?

Hallucinogenics have been used throughout history as aphrodisiacs, though a lot of people today say that the experience just gets in the way of even thinking about sex. However, psilocybin (a.k.a. Psilocybe mexicana, Stropharia cubensis, or magic mushrooms) is a tryptamine hallucinogen whose sensory stimulation apparently includes aphrodisiac properties. There’s disagreement on the subject even among experienced users, though. Some find it no help at all; others find it an amazing aid. The recommended use is to start having sex at the highest point of the effects.

Does it count as an aphrodisiac if it enhances sex rather than increases its likelihood? I don’t think it’s quite the same category, though obviously related.

Today, psilocybin is a Schedule One drug, illegal in the United States, as are most hallucinogenics.

Facing El Diablo

People usually think of devils as being hideous. That makes no sense to me: how could they con people into bad behavior if they scare them off right away? Here’s a seductive little devil, shaken and strained in a glass, that will sneak up on you if you’re not careful. So only have 1, ok? Well maybe 2.

If you want to mess around with this one, it’s kind of fun. Maybe put half the crème de cassis as a float at the end, or reduce the ginger-ness by switching ginger ale for the ginger beer.

El Diablo
· highball, ice
2 reposado tequila
½ crème de cassis
½ lime juice
fill ginger beer
– lime wedge

Bee Pollen: Aphrodisiac?

The pollen that bees collect and spread as a part of their daily habits turns out to be one of the most nutritious substances to be found in nature. It contains, among other things, minerals, proteins (it’s about 40% protein, I’m told), unsaturated fatty acids, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. Bee pollen is currently in favor because of its antibacterial properties and its aid to immune systems, and is also antiviral and antifungal.

Its ability to bolster missing parts of a body’s supply of vitamins, amino acids, and other hormone building blocks means that it has been observed since Pythagoras’ time or earlier to be useful in restoring lost libido, among other things. Modern science seems to show that it does indeed boost hormone levels.

Although the effects of a single dose (usually recommended at 2 teaspoons) are minor, the cumulative effect of daily intake is said to be remarkable.

Love Is Not All

Love is not all: It is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof against the rain,
Nor yet a floating spar to men that sink
and rise and sink and rise and sink again.
Love cannot fill the thickened lung with breath
Nor clean the blood, nor set the fractured bone;
Yet many a man is making friends with death
even as I speak, for lack of love alone.
It well may be that in a difficult hour,
pinned down by need and moaning for release
or nagged by want past resolution’s power,
I might be driven to sell your love for peace,
Or trade the memory of this night for food.
It may well be. I do not think I would.


(Edna St. Vincent Millay)

Sepia: Aphrodisiac?

Sepia ToneOne of the few animal products listed in these pages, sepia is made from cuttlefish ink. You know, the ink which is the source of the term “sepia tone.” It is used homeopathically by normally energetic women who have become despondent, moody, or depressed. It’s actually been used for so many ailments that it’s sometimes called the women’s wonder drug – but, notably, in a specifically homeopathic sense. It has been successfully applied to many cases of postchildbirth sexual indifference, earning it a secure place in the aphrodisiac arsenal, though it is more commonly used against PMS, menopausal symptoms, fibroids, and chronic fatigue.

While primarily a women’s remedy, sepia is also considered useful for men suffering sexual or intellectual energy loss.



You have probably noticed that I’ve been sort of taking it easy here of late: only a few articles per week, and usually on the same subjects, and the easy ones at that! Never fear, I’m not wandering off or anything, I’ve just been horribly busy in other projects that have left precious little brainpower for the more interesting items.

The heck, you say! What of all that research for drinks and aphrodisiacs and all? Compared to the mental organization it takes me to present the philosophy and psychology, which are the heart of discussion in the Garden, or practice my dreadful excuse for photography enough to get recipes going again and properly this time, they’re not too bad.

So stick around – and bring some friends and for heaven’s sake drop a comment or ten – and I’ll slog clear of the other items and bring you tasty treats for your palate and your mind.