Spanish Fly In Ancient History: Notable Cases

The human race has witnessed a lot of advancement in the fields of science and technology. A lot of answers to man’s problems have been found through years of scientific research and extensive testing.

One of the most fascinating categories in the field of scientific research is sexual health.

Over the past decades, with men and women suffering a decline in sexual urge (libido) and a resultant decrease in sexual activity, the search for an effective — and lasting — solution has intensified. A number of people think that humans were perfect creatures — in terms of sexual activity — at first, before everything started changing for us.

Take a moment to ask these three (3) questions:


  • Is this search for a lasting solution a modern day trend?
  • Or, has it been like this since the beginning?
  • Were our forefathers also experiencing this same problems and looking for a solution?

The answer is yes! A lot of traditional doctors and  scientists in history did their research to find ways to address this long-standing problem.

Did they succeed?

You’ll find out everything in this article.

Onward we go!

Love Potions: Truth or Myth?

Love potions — now and then — are not mythical stories, they’re very true, to a great extent (since we have companies producing ‘impotent’ love potions nowadays, and professing its potency, only to scam people of their money).

A lot of potions (not love potions prepared with magical spells) were successfully brewed by our ancestors.

Most of the ingredients they used were substances known as “Aphrodisiacs.”

An aphrodisiac is a substance known to increase a person’s sexual urge, for a period of time. The most potent aphrodisiacs are yohimbine, ginseng, caffeine, rhino horns, oysters, Spanish fly, chili pepper. Of all the aphrodisiacs mentioned above, the most popular and most potent is the spanish fly. So, I’ll only talk about it in detail.

Spanish Fly: What And When?

Let’s talk about the “what?” first.

Spanish fly is actually gotten from an insect of the same name — which is neither found in Spain nor is it a fly. THE Spanish fly is an emerald-green beetle which belongs to the blister beetles family. Its scientific name is Lytta vesicatoria. Lytta means mortal rage or rabies (Greek), vesica means blister (Latin). The Spanish fly is found in Southern European and some Asian countries.

It is known for the chemical Cantharidin, which is used as a defense mechanism in predatory situations. The chemical is produced only in the male Spanish fly, while it is transferred to the female during mating to ensure the male is sexually fit and also to protect the eggs.

Cantharidin, if ingested in little amounts, promotes irritation of the genitals, with the effect more pronounced in men (causing an ‘erection.’ It’s effective for both sexes, however.

Let’s now talk about the “when?”

  • The Spanish fly has been around for centuries, about two thousand years ago.
  • It dates back to when people erroneously thought that bloodletting was an effective way to heal some sicknesses.
  • The Spanish fly was put on the patient’s skin causing the secretion of Cantharidin to the body of beetle.
  • The secreted substance, coming in contact with the patient’s skin, causes the formation of blisters from which the fluid can be extracted.
  • This aphrodisiac was also used, as earlier mentioned, to irritate the vaginal and urethral orifices in both sexes, causing an increased blood flow to the region.
  • It was also used in the past (and still is) to induce mating in animals.

In fact, Spanish fly and Cantharidin has a long history of being supposedly used to increase clitoral and vaginal sensitivity in women and also achieve a longer and ‘harder’ erection in men.