Basil. Believed to stimulate the sex drive and boost fertility. Blend with olive oil, oregano, and garlic; pour over pasta or cooked vegetables.

Cinnamon. Chinese medicine links cinnamon to virile sexuality. Stir into chocolate-based sauces.

Coriander (cilantro seed). The Arabian Nights tells the tale of a childless merchant who was cured by a sweet-savory coriander concoction. Mix with melted butter and ground ginger; drizzle on sweet breads and muffins.

Fennel. A stimulant and good source of vitamin C. Blend with black pepper, garlic salt, and broth; pour heated sauce over broiled meats and fish.

Garlic. Improves blood circulation; its pungent "heat" is said to stir sexual desires. Add to savory sauces over pasta and grains.

Ginger. One of the world's oldest medicinal spices, ginger is said to increase blood flow and stimulate the circulatory system. Grate fresh ginger into fruit-based sauces.

Mint. In Greek mythology, an envious rival turned the dainty nymph Menthe into greenery—which her husband then found irresistible. Add leaves to salad dressings and grain dishes.