Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses - Study Guide Love Philters Summary & Analysis

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This chapter highlights a number of love potions created from unusual ingredients. Some of the tamer aphrodisiac ingredients include common plants such as licorice, sarsaparilla, green oats and ginseng. Spanish Fly, a cockroach species, initially creates sexual excitement in both men and women, but ultimately leads to lightheadedness and even insanity. A prized philter is made of rhinoceros horn, ground to a powder and ingested or rubbed into minor abrasions on the skin.

Love potions can be created to treat a variety of issues, including jealousy, infidelity, indifference, resistance, and alienation.

Marijuana and cocaine are both stimulants that have been used for many centuries to break down inhibitions and to excite the imagination and the senses.

Tantric rites made use of a mixture of hashish, honey, and ambergris to excite and enlighten the lovers. Tantra is a cult that explores the possibilities of eroticism as...

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