Monday, February 14, 2011

Medical Mondays: Cupid's Pharmacy


Ah, Valentine's Day.

All the world's rosebushes have buzz cuts and the sound of cha-chings grow ever louder at Pfizer headquarters (a.k.a. Viagraville).

In honor of this day filled with the purest love and lustier musings, I bring you a sneak peak into Cupid's Pharmacy: A Smattering of Historical Aphrodisiacs.

Forget the obvious raw oysters and such. Let's bring on the asparagus and the bugs.

1. Asparagus. Yes, it makes your urine stink. That's a chemical lesson unto itself, but did you know it was considered a go-to dish for French bridegrooms in the 19th century?

2. Spanish Fly. This little bug is really a bug. A beetle, actually. The crushed powder is iridescent like the insect and contains a toxic chemical called cantharidin. When eaten, it causes irritation of the urethra (that's the tube that connect your bladder to the outside world). It can also called priapism (That's an erection that won't go away after 4 hours. Despite what you're thinking, it's painful and NOT a good thing).

3. Conch pistol. In the Caribbean, you can get a freshly made, raw conch ceviche. In the process of hacking the poor invertebrate to bits, the server may offer you this gelatinous, spaghetti-like part of the conch called the pistol. Bahamians swear it's an aphrodisiac. To me, it looks like a Jell-O nightmare.

4. Saffron. It's to dye for, it's expensive, it comes from a crocus, and paella is nothing without it. But, it also contains a chemical, crocin, which has been shown in preliminary studies to work as an aphrodisiac in rats. Pfizer owns all the crocus fields in Kashmir right now.
No. I'm just kidding.

5. Lettuce and Arugula. And you thought salads were just good for your waistline! Well, this isn't really backed by science. It's all hearsay, but hey, maybe it'll get more people eating salads.

Okay. There's a million more aphrodisiacs but Cupid is shutting his pharmacy doors because right now, you just can't afford the copay.

But...he'll be happy to give you a shot, instead.
;)

XOXOXO

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69 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I knew a couple of those, but not willing to try any of them.

Liza said...

Funny!

B.E. Sanderson said...

LOL, great post. =o)

Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

What about oysters??? Never knew why they were considered an aphrodisiac...

salarsenッ said...

Hmmm...maybe it's something about green... Great post!!

Janet Johnson said...

How funny! My go to one is Strawberries (though I have no idea if it's true.) ;)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Anne Gallagher said...

I think watching Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is a good enough aphrodisiac for me. But yours are pretty good too. Except for the conch jello. Ewww.

Jess said...

What a fun post! Happy V-day to you :)

Sarah said...

Heh. I knew about the asparagus one from Tom Robbins' Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas. Lots of dirty asparagus talk in that book.

Laura Pauling said...

I can not eat anything that comes from a shell and looks like a pool of snot! I don't care what the side effects! :)

Magan said...

I've never used Spanish Fly, but I knew about it because on an episode of Golden Girls they were trying to breed minks and they wouldn't do it, so they bought Spanish Fly. This only caused the male minks to hump eachother.

Kelly said...

Ha! Great post! But I'll stick to champagne... :)

Erinn said...

Wow, salad, huh. But its impossible to eat it and be sexy at the same time.

Meredith said...

Haha, I never knew asparagus was considered an aphrodisiac! Too funny.

Jennee said...

I only knew about the asparagus. So interesting. I think I'll go eat some pizza or something where I won't eat what you listed.

Terri Tiffany said...

Hmm didn't know that about asparagus:)) Hope your Valentine's day is special:)

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

LOL! I guess people would try anything for love.

Giles Hash said...

Saffron? Saffron's REALLY expensive. Like, $40 an ounce! (At least, that's the cost of the really good stuff.) I can't imagine using that stuff for anything that doesn't put me into a food-coma.

Matthew Rush said...

This post wins for mentioning paella. And every time I hear Spanish Fly, I think of The Beastie Boys and Brass Monkey.

Carol Kilgore said...

Such a cool post. Maybe that's why I love paella and salads!

Jayne said...

Ah yes! Saffron really stirs the senses. I'm getting excited just thinking about it! It's worth the $$ folks. Really. ;)
Funny, funny, Lydia! Who needs a Doc when we have you? ;)

Angela Felsted said...

I can't believe people actually eat powder made of crushed beetles. Uck!

Interesting post, Lydia.

Munk said...

Nothing says "I love you" like an irritated urethra.

You are truly a hopeless romantic.

Candyland said...

LOL, this is great! I will NOT be consuming asparagus anytime soon, thank you.

Vicki Rocho said...

Why is it that so many aphrodisiacs are derived from something disgusting? I'll eat the asparagus, but I'm skippin the rest, thanks.

Happy V Day!

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for the shopping list!

Happy Valentine's Day to you!

LTM said...

LOL! Great stuff, Lydia! And I'm just mad about saffron... *snort*

Actually, it was that spanish fly descriptor that made me giggle. Whoopsie! ;p

Have a lovey V'day~ <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Asparagus - who knew?

J.L. Campbell said...

Yup, people hearabouts swear by conch, but I just think it's nasty. Ugh!

The Red Angel said...

Haha woww, I didn't know most of these! I love asparagus still, even if it does make my urine stink. 0:-)

Happy Valentine's Day, Lydia!

~TRA

http://xtheredangelx.blogspot.com

Abby Minard said...

Haha, these were great. Yeah, won't be having my husband go near any spanish flies.

Old Kitty said...

I'm sticking to my lettuce and greenery!!! Saffron is such a nice name!! Happy Valentine's!!!Take care
x

Sarah said...

Special hints for the best V-day ever! ;)

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Poisons as aphrodisiacs? Ah, Victor Standish will pass. His love affair with a ghoul is dangerous enough! Fascinating post as always. Roland

foldingfields said...

:)trying to figure out a dish with all of these ingredients...OR I can just go with pizza.

Melissa said...

OH aphrodisiacs!!! The spanish fly just sounds AWFUL!

Megan K. Bickel said...

Hey there! I'm a fellow Crusader and wanted to stop by and say "hi". What a fun day to "meet" you! Great post! : )

Tiana Smith said...

LOL. Who knew?

Nas Dean said...

Awesome!

Nas Dean said...

Awesome!

Jacqueline Howett said...

So what are you serving up for Valentines? Got to laugh! The mention of strawberrys. I got some. If I'm lucky I might get time to dip them into some chocolate. Happy Valentines!

Donea Lee said...

Rosebushes and buzz-cuts, eh? :) Too funny! Interesting about the asparagus...don't suppose the shape...well, maybe I won't finish that sentence. :o Btw, you won a prize over on my blog today! Congrats ~

Jai Joshi said...

I knew about the asparagus but I didn't know about the Spanish Fly. Eww!

Garlic, roses, cinnamon, vanilla - all aphrodisiacs. I don't like garlic but I'll eat all the others.

Jai

Krispy said...

Cute and as usual, very interesting!

The Golden Eagle said...

LOL. Great post!

Happy Valentine's Day!

M Pax said...

Wow, I never would have suspected lettuce.

Happy Valentines! :D

Colene Murphy said...

Ewww the Spanish Fly thing sounds AWFUL! Wonder how many people had to grind it up and eat it to figure that out...This was awesome for Valentines Day!!

Mary Vaughn said...

Fun to read about and write about but taking them is totally different.
I will never look at Asparagus with a straight face again. There will always be that question....

The Words Crafter said...

When I was in school, the guys used to joke about Spanish Fly. Bet they wouldn't now, huh? Interesting and fun, thanks!

Holly Ruggiero said...

That's totally cool.

lbdiamond said...

Lol! A lovely valentine's lesson, haha!!

vbtremper said...

Hi Fellow Crusader! Just wanted to say hi - hope to see you around.
-Vicki

alexia said...

Ha! Love this. Happy V Day!

Jennie Bailey said...

This was hilarious (and informative). I would have believed that Pfizer had bought up all the crocus fields in Kashmir. It might make me less bitter about the price of Saffron! Now, I have a good excuse to get the hubster to let me buy it. ;-)

T C Mckee said...

We eat salad everyday. No wonder my husband and I are so happy. Bugs? Ew.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I knew I loved salad for good reason! ;)

Susan Fields said...

Too funny! Thanks for the history lesson. :)

gideon 86 said...

Hi, Lydia,

I loved the post...

I hopped over from the Crusader list to introduce myself and to follow.


I hope you had a great Valentine's day.

Michael

Ciara said...

Great post! Time to go shopping. LOL

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Hi Lydia, love your blog. I just found it on the crusader list and am now following. Nice to meet you!

Heather said...

People will eat the strangest things for their labido! Bugs, ick! I didn't know about most of these. Very interesting! Happy Valentine's day!

Jonene Ficklin said...

You know, I wonder how many of these 'cures' came from witch doctors? Wouldn't want to make them mad, though. That may be where the Spanish Fly powder came from! Thanks for the great post! Who woulda thunk?

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Lydia..I didn't know about any of these. Was just familiar with oysters and chocolates. Enjoyed the post.

Wishing you a Belated Valentine's Day.

Olga said...

I only knew about asparagus and saffron. I think it's useful to know about others :)

Maria McKenzie said...

Fascinating info! Thanks for sharing:).

Jen Chandler said...

Too funny! I didn't know about the lettuce. Very interesting!

Hart Johnson said...

Oh this was too cute. I think it was my favorite valentines blog... Love the 'what you eat' twist on love.

Phoenix said...

Ah, stinky pee and bugs. Lydia, you're such a romantic. ;)

I think you feel the same way about romance that I do, maybe? Hmmmm? lol

Lisa Gail Green said...

Oooh ouch on that second one! Salad sounds good - I'm surprised you didn't mention chocolate, or maybe that was just wishful thinking on my part!

 
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