How It All Began?
For time immemorial, man has been obsessed with increasing sexual performance. Records from the time of Romans, Greeks, Persians and even Sumerians all indicate various forms of aphrodisiacs. The Aztecs, for instance, held avocados with such regard in terms of their supposed aphrodisiac qualities, as well as their testicle-like shape.
The issue of low libido in both men and women and unfulfilling sexual performance has been a point of concern, even for those who have no issues and have just wanted to increase and boost sexual performance. One of the top aphrodisiacs over the years has been Spanish Fly. In different cultures and throughout periods of history, it has served various purposes for improving libido.
Originally, Spanish Fly was a powder excreted by beetles by the same name (also known as the Blister Beetle). The male beetle release a liquid substance, known as cantharid, as a defense mechanism when attacked and also secrete the same liquid on the female beetle as a seduction tactic to get the female beetle to mate.
History of Spanish Fly
The use of Spanish Fly as an aphrodisiac has its origins in Europe, where the substance was obtained by crushing the beetles and extracting the liquid. It was said to increase arousal in men and women having some of the same effects seen in Viagra. Later research would reveal that the chemical is a natural toxin that leads to inflammation in the form of an erection in males or a swollen labium in females.
Still, in desired dosages (usually drops mixed in drinks), it seemed to elicit desired responses going by anecdotal evidence both from the Romans and the French (where at one-point cantharid was a banned substance) court stories of women and men seduced to orgies by members of the royalty using Spanish Fly.
And it was a hit!
At one point, so popular was its use it was even used in animal husbandry to stimulate animals into mating.
In other areas, especially China, the substance was used as a female aphrodisiac as well as for the treatment of various ailments including ulcers, heart conditions, removal of warts, earaches, kidney issues, burns, and inflammation. There have been fatal side effects of the substance recorded in both humans and animals, including death due to kidney complications, among others.
Modern forms of Spanish Fly
As more research was done on cantharid, its toxic nature was revealed, but the popularity of the drug still held sway. It has been suggested that the oral application of the substance is what caused many of the complications recorded earlier and that when taken as a liquid and using a scientific method of extraction, the aphrodisiac was safe. Even then, no aphrodisiac bearing the name comes close to any of the older ingredients. Instead, many new aphrodisiac products with the name Spanish Fly only play on the legacy of the ancient product and do not contain any elements from the beetle.
Instead, the products make use of herbal ingredients known to have aphrodisiac properties, which in combination make up a potent mixture. Here is a look at some of the ingredients used in the best quality Spanish Fly products.
Spanish Fly ingredients
Our body’s Zinc levels are dependent on the food we eat, but few of us ever get to eat the daily recommended amount. Zinc is vital to the production of testosterone, which enhances sexual drive and also improves overall sperm quality.
It has gained a reputation as one of the most potent aphrodisiacs used in Spanish Fly. Originally harvested in Peru, many of its mental and physical enhancements lead to its libido improving abilities. These enhancements include an increase in energy, mental and physical endurance as well as improved mood.
A stimulant obtained from a climbing tree in South America, Guarana is almost three times as potent as caffeine and helps improve mental focus, acts as an anti-oxidant and enhances energy levels. It is mostly used in drinks as a stimulant and added to the Spanish Fly for the same purpose.
It serves the same stimulating function as guarana. It helps increase blood flow, which is essential for improved sexual performance. Moderation is, however, important since people who consume plenty of it usually end up having the opposite effect of having a low sex drive.
Usually known as Panax ginseng or red ginseng, it has a reputation for its aphrodisiac qualities, though it has other medicinal uses as well. Ginseng helps relax the body muscles, increasing the flow of blood. It also helps men with erectile dysfunction while improving sexual desire and fulfillment (it also improves sexual desire in women). Ginseng also helps improve one’s vitality, both mentally and physically.
6. Tribulus Terrestris
The fruit from a Tribulus plant is widely used in Ayurveda for a range of reasons, and it has proven sexual health benefits including use in treating erectile dysfunction, quality of sperm and their movement in men, while in women it helps improve arousal, quality of orgasm and increased lubrication. It also helps improve the general desire for sex and increases hormone levels.
Research, including that done by the FDA, shows that damiana has strong effects in enabling the achievement of ejaculatory series in men. It also contains flavonoids and arbutin, which help in its positive sexual effects.
L-arginine is one of the amino acids used in the creation of protein. It helps relax the body as well as improve blood flow. It is also used to improve arousal and the overall sex experience.
Most of Spanish Fly aphrodisiac products are in liquid form. Consumption is either by placing a couple of drops in the mouth or mixing them with liquids before sexual intercourse. Most of the products recommend being taken between 10 to 45 minutes before intimacy. You can also check the product’s instructions for the amount to be consumed.
Spanish Fly has come a long way to the modern version of the aphrodisiac. The continuous use is proof of its effectiveness. It is, however, essential to be careful about the product you pick to avoid taking products that have no effect or are dangerous to your health. Look for their FDA approval, online reviews and their ingredients list.