Jim McDonald - Energetics of Aphrodisiacs Part 2
In Part 2, Jim covers his favorite herbal nervines, demulcents, astringents, tonics, topical applications, and more for the emotional and physiological complexities of love.
“Aphrodisiac” is a highly problematic term, predominantly because of the popular but mistaken belief that they create "automatic interest" in anyone/everyone who uses them. Products advertised with guarantees for amazing results often fail to deliver, or (not infrequently) are found to be adulterated with drugs. Looking at lists of plants deemed “aphrodisiacs”, we see everything from strong, druglike herbs (yohimbe) to culinary spices (ginger) to adaptogens (ashwangandha) and antispasmodics (kava).
Well, just like all other aspects of herbcraft, one person’s turn on can put another person out…in other words, energetics apply here as well. What indications make certain herbs appropriate for certain people?