Ancient Greek Aphrodisiacs

When it comes to getting ancient Greeks in the mood, aphrodisiacs were a popular method of setting sparks in the bedroom. Plenty of foods and drinks consumed during ancient Greek times were combined to set off romantic responses. Some of these foods were combined with other items to make these aphrodisiacs. An example of one of these edible love potions is cheese and garlic mixed with wine. Overall, an aphrodisiac paid homage to Aphrodite, who was known as the Greek goddess of love and beauty.  

In ancient times, the ancient Greeks dappled greatly with foods that opened doors for improved performances between the sheets, as well as increased endurance and an elevated sense of pleasure. Throughout the ancient years, a collection of well-known characters has found ways into increase and other uplifting actions.  

Hippocrates, who is considered the “father of medicine,” is thought to have encouraged others to consume lentils to keeps an older man alert. This practice was followed by Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, who added saffron to the lentils. Plutach, promoted fassolatha (the national dish of Greece , bean soup) as a good way to increase libido. Other inhabitants at the time turned towards artichokes as their aphrodisiac of choice.  It was believed that eating this vegetable would seal the promise of giving birth to sons. Below you will find a couple of the aphrodisiacs that were quite popular in ancient Greece:  

Edible Bulbs

In ancient Greece, it was believed by many that eating certain bitter edible bulbs would create passion. They were cooked in many different ways, as well as mixed with honey and sesame seeds to create what was known as an “aphrodisiac salad.” These accompanying ingredients were known to increase the libido. Actually, these recipes are not too far from the marinated bulbs still prepared today.  

Garlic and Onions

One of the most ancient of foods, garlic was thought to bring magical and therapeutic results. It was also viewed as an effective aphrodisiac, which is quite funny because of the pungent smell. During the times of Homer, the Greeks ate garlic on a daily basis with bread. The food was also used as a condiment and added to salads. It was also used as a main ingredient in garlic paste, which was comprised of cheese, eggs, honey, and oil. Onions were also eaten on a regular basis and were quite known for their therapeutic benefits, as well as aphrodisiac properties.  


Many ancient Greeks turned to satirio, which is a wild orchid variety that is known as an excellent aphrodesiac , deemed by Dioscorides, who was seen as the 1st century founder of pharmacology. Plutach also made mention of this flower in his writings of Precepts of Health.  

Stafylinos: This plant blossomed from a seed in the wild that is thought to increase sexual desire in such a way that it is deemed a “sex potion.”


It has always been a belief that truffles create a high-level aphrodisiac. Even in the past (as in today), they were quite rare and very pricey, as they grew just below the surface of sandy shorelines in ancient times.


Not only were leeks used as an aphrodisiac, they were also valued for their diuretic and laxative properties. It is believed that the shape of this food gave way to the view of them being used as an aphrodisiac.