By Christine “ECKO” Ho, Staff Writer

So we’ve all heard of oysters and chocolate being an aphrodisiac. However, there are more foods out there that are considered aphrodisiacs that may (or may not) work.

Here are two herbs that every Asian should be familiar with: ginger and ginseng.

Ginger in the Kama Sutra is mentioned as an herb that can increase success in love due to its promotion of sex health. Ginger also has a wide variety of health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. It is best known as an herb that aids digestion. As an aphrodisiac, however, it increases circulation, which in turn increases blood flow to key areas.

Ginseng is an almost mystical herb that ranges from treating fatigue to impotence. Ginseng is known to increase stamina as well as performance. As an aphrodisiac, ginseng increases libido and is generally geared more towards the males.

As aphrodisiacs go, these two Asian herbs are not proven 100% in any area to be 100% effective, but also have better success rates in the scientific field than other “aphrodisiacs.”

Below, I have provided a recipe for an herb-laden meal with your husband or significant other, which can be found on!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ginseng Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Makes 3 – 4 dozen cookies

  • 1 pkg. (18 1/ 4 oz) Devils Food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 to 1 C chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. ginseng powder

1.Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and ginseng. Batter will be stiff.

2.Stir in chips.

3.Roll into 1” balls.

4.Place onto lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly.

5.Bake 9-11 minutes.

6.Cool one minute. Put on wire rack.