Scientific evidence for the aphrodisiac qualities of nutmeg is lacking, but the spice has been used as a mild painkiller and to stimulate the circulatory system and increase blood flow — which surely can't hurt your sex drive. Also, a study found that ingesting nutmeg increased mating behaviors in mice, but, sadly, there's no evidence that the same effect applies to humans.
One thing we suggest you avoid doing, however, is sniffing nutmeg to get high. It's true that nutmeg is psychoactive, but as Healthland's Maia Szalavitz wrote in December: "like the alleged 'high' kids get from sniffing glue or paint, the psychedelic nutmeg experience — which requires doses far larger than one would ever encounter in gingerbread — is excessively unpleasant." Not a romantic way to spend your Valentine's Day.
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