Forbidden Fruits & Primitive Pleasures:
The Powerful Aphrodisiac Qualities of the Nightshade Family
The mysterious & alluring nightshade plants have been interacting with our species for thousands of years. From the earliest records of human history we find their alliance with man. In all times and in every corner of the Earth we find that man has used the plant in some capacity for so many diverse reasons. Whether in herbal medicine, shamanism, in nefarious or benevolent application, we see this plant surface again and again.
One of the less explored applications of this plant is in the realm of aphrodisiacs and romantic endeavors. The aphrodisiac qualities of the nightshade family are described as deeply erotic, passionate energies. It allows one to dial in to the core of this erotic, sensual energy. With that said, do not rely on an aphrodisiac to bring on the experience on its own. The aphrodisiac is not supposed to hold up the experience, but to aid your primitive sexual energies into engagement so that you create this rich experience.
An aphrodisiac is an external component to enhance the internal force of our sexual nature and sensual passion involving its activities. It is this force of energy, latent within us by nature, pushing us to unify with another person, generally being of the opposite sex, but of course this not a hard-fast rule and can be equally applied to 2 of the same sex. An aphrodisiac will act on one of our five senses in such a way as to electrify our sexual desires. Usually, this is done to enhance for the male- the core aspects of the female, or enhance for the female- the core aspects of the male.
love: a latent drive for Complete Being
It is generally these two energies, the active masculine principle with the passive feminine principle, unite to form a complete whole. And It can be equally applied to any combinations of just one of these principles. But at a basic level, it is this coming together of forms that brings us closer to our divine origins. This as well being part of the mechanism responsible to bring a new life into the world- ensuring survival for our species. In the act of union, we feel the presence of complete being, The height of this process brings us to a state of bliss at the doors of Nirvana, where we are transported into the dimension of timeless being, even if for only a few moments.
From my studies and research of ancient texts and esoteric principles of various cultures or religions, I believe that before we incarnate in a physical existence we are in a more complete form, more connected to the ocean of oneness we share at our source. We have dual aspects of male (active) and female (passive) principle in one form. When we take form in the physical body, we are forced to lose one half of our complete form in order to assume this existence. We still have some degree of the other principle but it is lacking compared to the non-physical realm. However, I wouldn’t say that this male-female principle is a hard-fast rule as there are also cases where this does not apply in that combination, and this is only a general analysis.
Perhaps this lacking became necessary for multiple reasons. It gave us the drive toward growth so that we use it to become more than what we are at the present. It also gives the species what it needs to continue on and survive. And lastly it gives us a glimpse into the interconnected nature and oneness between us- our common origin and divine source.
Sexual energy can be approached for different needs and different purposes, But even just for its own sake- the pursuit of eroticism and sexual pleasure can at the very least enhance our appreciation and enjoyment of the limited time we have in this life. We find meaning, passion, and depth through a deep experience with another person, in the pursuit of energies that fill us with vitality and appreciation for life.
Aphrodisiacs: feeding A primitive desire
The use of aphrodisiacs, while not meant to bring on the experience alone, works as a tool to enhance our physical and emotional senses, antagonize our sexual passions, and push us as deep into the experience as we can get. Since we use the physical body as the source of our senses, aphrodisiacs become the external element that aide us into the journey up to that climatic peak. To drive our sense of sexual need and desire over the edge and into that timeless state of fulfillment.
Of all the different things that come to mind when the average person thinks of an aphrodisiac, very few today understand about the aphrodisiac qualities in the nightshade plants and their rich history. These ancient plants have been used in the pursuit of love and romantic endeavors for hundreds of years at every corner of the globe. They can be used in different ways to act on different senses, making the aphrodisiac qualities far-reaching.
Many times the nightshade family can be used in combination with other known aphrodisiacs like marijuana or hashish, opium, wine, and other substances. In Asia, they took what was known as Oriental Joy Pills, a blend of opium, hemp products, datura seeds, and spices. “The combinations yield effective psychoactive aphrodisiacs that activate the nervous system in several places simultaneously (Ratsch 2003).“ Other popular combinations have used nightshade herbs macerated in alcohol as an aphrodisiac drink. Others prefer to smoke nightshade plants with marijuana or hashish, where the two work in synergy producing heavy arousal.
The plants can be used like a drug or substance for effects on the mind and physical body. In this context it is not necessary to take them in large or even semi-large doses. It doesn’t make it more effective and too big a dose will work against the desired result. I probably don’t have to point out that a hallucinogenic dose would kill the experience, and good luck making up for that with a new partner!
Another way it can be used as an aphrodisiac is as a fragrance, a seductive scent from the blooming flowers of the Angel’s Trumpet or Datura. The scent of these two are exceptional and pleasant. They have been used as a base in perfumes and if you look around I’m sure you could find one. I can’t overstate how pleasant and alluring the scent of Datura and Angel’s Trumpet are on the senses. It makes a superior scent for perfume and a woman wearing the scent of angel’s trumpet or datura would have my undivided attention with no trouble.
“The flowers and leaves [of Brugmansia suaveolens] are also commonly used as aphrodisiacs, and indeed, just the smell of the plant may bring on potent aphrodisiac effects.”
“In Colombia, it is said that the mere scent of Brugmansia suaveolens [Angel’s Trumpet] brings deep sleep and intensely erotic dreams.”
Another capacity the nightshade plants can be used is in the form of a charm or talisman. This means that you might use it in the same way you would carry something sentimental or ‘lucky’ object to bring the associated qualities with it. It is said that a plant will reveal its uses through its essential qualities, colors, physical appearances, etc. which will take the appearance of what part of the human body or purpose it is associated with and works on. For example, the datura seedpod looks very much like the male sexual organ, symbolic of the phallus. While the angel’s trumpet and Datura innoxia flower resemble the female parts, symbolic of the yoni or vulva. Charms work by the law of association, to bring likened energies into being for associated purposes.
In the Old Testament of the Judaeo-Christian pantheon, there is an example of this in Genesis Chapter 30 where Rachel asks Leah for her son’s mandrakes. As she has numerous difficulties bearing a child it would make sense that in this context, it seems to implicate the mandrake root being used as a fertility charm to bring forth children. It is also possible that it was taken as an aphrodisiac drug for this purpose. But seeing how there were recurring problems with fertility, I would think the former seems to be more plausible.
Of all the nightshade plants out there, none may be more recognized and associated with love and sexual endeavors than the mandrake, Mandragora officianarum. Mandrake is a native of the Mediterranean. While the plant is not as striking in appearance as her siblings, none has been more associated with romance. Mandrake has long been associated with Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love. In fact they referred to the fruits of mandrake as “the Golden Apples of Aphrodite”
“Some evidence exists that the mandrake was used in secret mystical rites in ancient Israel; one of the factors supporting this hypothesis is the significance of the mandrake in Kabbalism as a symbol for “becoming one.” Similarly, in ancient Egypt it appears that mandrake fruits may have been eaten as aphrodisiacs. The ancient Greeks also used the mandrake as a sacred love plant. Records left by the botanist Theophrastus indicate that there was an elaborate ritual even for its collection, enacted under the auspices of the love goddess Aphrodite. Elephants have even been observed eating mandrake directly before copulation (Ratsch 1998. 348-349).”
“Solandra grandiflora is widely used in Mexico, as an aphrodisiac and love potion. Traditional folk wisdom believes that by giving a man a decoction made from the flowers and roots of the Cup of Gold (Solandra), he will be driven to the lady that is most loved in his heart. The love potion will increase his sex drive, bringing out his animalistic nature, and they even warn that this potion can create excessive sex drive and cause a man to die by completely ‘drying’ him out (Ratsch 1998, 475).”
“In Varanasi, Shiva’s sacred city, Datura metel fruits and rose flowers are made into sacrificial ceremonial garlands for the lord of inebriation and sold to pilgrims, then left as offering at the entryways to his temples. These Datura chains are devoutly placed around the lingam, the deity’s phallic-shaped image, as fresh flowers are tossed over the top of it (Ratsch 1998, 204).”
These plants take various forms around the world but with similar constituents. The plants contain tropane alkaloids– atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine, with many secondary alkaloids similar to those three, in different ratios and variations thereof.
There also lies within the plant a unique spirit or personality. Described as an intense, seductive quality that gives the plant its pronounced feminine spirit. It’s been said by different cultures, throughout different times, that these plants have a spirit or essence, a seducing feminine quality with an overbearing power to it. Shamanism understands all things to be embedded with a consciousness, an essence or spirit. So while you might hear the plant referred to as ‘she’ it is only symbolic to represent the passive qualities of the feminine force inherent in the plant’s being.
The seductive, alluring, and mysterious qualities of plants like belladonna, datura, angel’s trumpet, and other siblings, make it a highly enjoyable and effective aphrodisiac to work with. The most effective way to use it as an aphrodisiac is in the form of an ointment that can be applied to the body, directly to the sexual organs, or both. I sell and an original variety of different nightshade ointments, all of which can be used as aphrodisiacs. (see Crazy Kieri, Flying Oil #5)
“During the course of human history, numerous ointments have been developed for medicinal, cosmetic, erotic, and aphrodisiac purposes. The most famous of these are the flying ointments and witches’ ointments, which appear to have been psychoactive lubricants with aphrodisiac effects. (Ratsch 485)”
The psychoactive side of it will be subtle but very pronounced and interactive. There will be a slight sedative or calming effect. Paradoxically, there may present a strong stimulating quality at the same time.
“Henbane oil can be made by boiling the leaves of the plant in oil. This can then be used for therapeutic or erotic massage purposes (Ratsch 1998, 279).”
Along with these two aspects there is a third more hidden component that lies at the core of the essence and personality of these plants. Hard to pinpoint with words, but I would say somewhere in the realm of its seductive lore, an overbearing intensity and aura of mystery that seems to follow in the wake of every activity this plant gets involved with.
Mystery is a highly seductive force. It fills the mind with need and desire to know. It gives you just enough information to work with and then leaves you wishing to know more. A need to know all those answers you don’t have. It leaves you in a state of depletion that desires to absorb that which is missing. A craving you can appreciate only when you know there is a chance to fill that depletion.
For example, Let’s say there is someone you have a crush on, someone you may not know exceptionally well. But there exists a strong attraction for that person and yet you really don’t know a whole lot about them. Sometimes we are more pulled in by this person, not by what we know about them, but rather by what we don’t know about them. That attraction is fed by this mystery and wonder the imagination generates to fill in the blanks. So in effect, what you have is a small attraction based on appearance and the few things you do know being magnified to a large degree by an aura of mystery leading your imagination to fantasize and daydream about those unknowns. This leaves the mind unfulfilled and yearning to know. It engages the mind into pursuit; a state where feeding the mystery creates this magnetic seduction in need of fulfillment.
It is this character that lies within the occult or hidden aspects of the nightshade family. It seduces the mind inward and generates our biggest aphrodisiac of all- the imagination. It is this context of the plant’s essence that works in synergy with sexual energy. You put these elements in motion with a sedating physical relaxation and stimulating sexual desire. This brings out the aphrodisiac quality of sexual potential and when used in the pursuit of love or romantic endeavors can have lasting results and some really worthwhile memories. 😉
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