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  Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and symbol of sexuality, is said to have emerged from the sea bearing herbs that could cure impotence, enhance sexual pleasure, and provoke both love and fertility. What were those herbs, did they really work, and where can we find them today?

Plants of Love, a fascinating romp through history detailing our often  obsessive search for aphrodisiacs, may well have the answers to these questions.

A detailed, photo-illustrated listing of over a hundred plants gives full information on their specific aphrodisiacal properties, and dozens of age-old recipes for beverages, ointments, pills, incenses, and snuffs give graphic testimonial to just how far people have been willing to go in the name of love.


Plants of Love

The History of Aphrodisiacs
and A Guide to
Their Identification
and Use

by Christian Rätsch




7 5/8 x 10 3/8 in.

19,5 x 26,5 cm

208 pages

Over 300 illustrations,

mainly in full colour




What are Aphrodisiacs?

Medicines from the Plant, Animal, and Mineral Kingdoms

Exploring Aphrodisiacs

On the Distribution and Use of Aphrodisiacs

Overview of the Use of Aphrodisiacs

Lexicon of Plants

Who Needs Aphrodisiacs?

The Most Important Aphrodisiacs

The Sacred Ecstasy: On Hemp and Thorn Apple

The Plant of Joy: On the Poppy and Oriental Joy Pills

The wine of Dionysius: On wine, the Fly Agaric, and Ambrosia

The shell of Aphrodite: On Mollusks and Pomegranates

The Root of Heaven: On Ginseng and Its Relatives

The Bridge to Paradise: On Spices


The Secret of the Little Man of the Gal1ows: On Mandrake and Its Relatives

From Witches' Forests and Cloister Gardens: On Henbane and the Chaste Tree

The Power of Yohimbé: On the Yohimbé Tree and the Iboga Shrub

The Herb of Saint Damian: On Damiana

The Gift of Mama Coca: On the Coca Shrub

The Sweet Medicine of Heaven: On Honey, Mead, and the other Products of Bees


The Chemical Structure of Aphrodisiacs

Synthetic Love Drugs