Researchers at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago have found that certain scents may increase sexual arousal. The team found that in males, the scents of lavender and pumpkin pie increased blood flow to the penis by 40%. In women, the combination of cucumber and licorice was most effective at sending blood flow southward.
But if you don't happen to have licorice or pumpkin pie lying around the house, maybe try invoking a smell that's reminiscent of a past romantic memory. Since scent is so closely tied to memory, you could probably use something from your past to help spice up your future.
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