Hippocrates, the great Greek doctor of 5th century B.C., suggested using honey to help one’s libido.
In ancient days European newlyweds drank mead or hydromel, both honey-based drinks, during the first month of their marriage and gave us the term “honeymoon.” (Legend has it that Attila the Hun OD’d on the stuff on his wedding night.)
Indian tradition calls for a groom to have honey on his wedding day, and in parts of India it is still a common gift to give him. The term “honey” is one of endearment, and honey has been connected with love in literature ranging from The Kama Sutra to The Bible.
But is it actually useful in that way?
Honey is one of the most perfect foods, being easily and quickly absorbed by the body, imparting its considerable energy soon after ingestion, and containing minerals, B-complex vitamins and the sugars dextrose and levulose. From a medically-minded lover’s point of view this has a variety of effects: it gives quick and lasting energy, promotes sexual health in both genders (promoting testosterone production in men and the use of estrogen in women), and improves circulation.
The most directly useful effect, for our purposes here, is that in large enough amounts (3 oz. in one study) honey greatly improves nitric oxide levels – a chemical released into the blood during arousal. Please note that this is nitric oxide, not nitrous oxide. Rather different chemicals in effect, if similar in name and composition. Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator, meaning that it relaxes the blood vessels and increases circulation. The euphoria effect this causes is not too unlike that caused by capsaicin. The mind influences the body which influences the mind, and the feedback loop can be very pleasant indeed. That is, however, a fair bit of honey.
Honey’s languorous sweetness certainly puts people into a sensual state of mind, by its appearance, taste, everything. It can and has been applied topically to excellent erotic effect, but lest one get carried away with it, I should point out that honey is an antilubricant, if you take my meaning.