Where else can you find mention of aphrodisiacs throughout history? Well, the Bible even includes references to aphrodisiacs! In Genesis 30:14-16, Leah and Rachel, two of Jacob’s wives, go to the fields to collect mandrake root, believed to have aphrodisiac powers because of its somewhat humanlike shape.
Many substances are believed to be aphrodisiacs because of the Doctrine of Similars, constructed by Paracelsus (1493-1541). He said that diseases could be cured by plants or materials that physically resembled the organ or condition being treated. That’s why many animal horns (shaped like the penis) and even bananas were thought to treat sexual disorders and increase desire.