Aphrodisiacs

aphrodisiac 1. adj. increasing sexual desire 2. n. a drug, food etc. which does this [fr. Gk. aphrodisiakos] 

Is there such a thing as an aphrodisiac or love potion? Is it all in the mind, or is there anything that really does the trick? It is a proven fact that alcohol decreases inhibitions. As Shakespeare said, "it provokes and it unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance" - Macbeth, Act II, Scene III. 

The European monks were famous for inventing and perfecting elixirs with purported aphrodisiac properties. Benedictine and Chartreuse are such. Absinthe used to be a popular aphrodisiac in the 19th century. There is a Mexican liqueur, Damiana, that is made from the aphrodisiac plant Turnera diffusa. Other alcoholic beverages said to have aphrodisiac qualities include; champagne, cinnamon schnapps and spiced wine.