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The aphrodisiac apothecary

Named after Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, aphrodisiacs have been used to get us in the mood for centuries. From English brothels in the 16th century dishing out prunes to Casanova dining on raw oysters for breakfast, boundless enthusiasm has been devoted to substances that have promised to increase libido and sexual pleasure. Here’s just a few from the aphrodisiac apothecary.  

Words by Ella Nørgaard Morton

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Ella Nørgaard Morton

Ella is an intern in the Digital Editorial department at Wellcome Collection. She studies Human Sciences at university in London. Hobbies include being bad at yoga and reading books about medicine.