Does Spanish Fly Work?

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Does Spanish Fly Work?


Dr. Phil Pie

Green Secret Psychological Research Center


People Have Been Using Aphrodisiacs Since the Dawn of History 


Ancient cultures used natural herbs to increase male sex drive, enhance female libido and make the sexual experience more passionate. The same old sex problem has been with us since the beginning of time.

Genesis (20:14) tells the story of Leah who traded aphrodisiac mandrakes with her sister Rachael for the right to sleep with Rachel’s Husband, Jacob.

Spanish Fly may be the most well known aphrodisiacs to come down to us from history.  It is also the most dangerous and least effective aphrodisiac in our current cornucopia of remedies to enhance female libido.


The Enduring Myth of Spanish Fly


The Spanish Fly myth is one of those stories that just won’t die. An astonishing hundred thousand people a month search for it on the internet.

What is Spanish Fly?


Spanish Fly is not a fly. It is an brilliantly colored emerald-green beetle. (Lytta vesicatoria, from Greek lytta=rage and Latinvesica=blister).

Spanish Fly isn’t strictly Spanish either. It eats lunch on tree leaves all over southern Europe and in the eastern regions of Central Asia and Siberia. Spanish Fly beetles dine on the leaves of lilacs as well as ash and white willow trees.

Spanish Fly beetles leave a real mess after lunch. They ooze a clear odorless  substance called Cantharidin. A single drop of Cantharidin on your skin raises immediate blisters. That’s why Spanish Fly is known as the blister beetle

The active substance in Spanish Fly is made by drying the beetles and crushing them into a powder. The powder carries Cantharidin.


Spanish Fly – The Blister Beetle


How Does Spanish Fly Work?


Hippocrates (460 BC – 370 BC), the ancient Greek physician considered to be the father of modern medicine, described plasters made of Spanish Fly as a way to raise blisters.

It wasn’t until nearly two thousand years later, in 1810, that Cantharidin was first isolated by the French chemist Roviquet in Paris.

Cantharidin is occasionally used in medicine as a topical application to burn off warts.

Spanish Fly was responsible for the death of Simon Bolivar, Liberator of South America, when in 1830 a paste of Cantharidin was applied to a his neck to treat a wart.

Perhaps the horrendous story of Cantharidin’s purposeful use as a poison involves the famous psychopath Aquetta di Napoli (1653 – c. 1716). Mrs. di Napoli blended clear, odorless Cantharidin into a “cosmetic” called Aqua Della Toffania.

Women in Naples, Rome and Sicily used a few drops from the an innocent bottle sitting on their dressing table to murder their husbands. More than 800 men died agonizing deaths before Aquetta was apprehended and executed for her hideous crimes.


Is Spanish Fly an Effective Aphrodisiac?


Yes, Spanish Fly is an aphrodisiac, but also the most toxic and  useless method to enhance female libido.

Human use of Spanish Fly is illegal in the United States and many other countries, but it sometimes used for livestock breeding. When the animals urinate the cantharidin causes irritation to their urogenital tract that leads to itching and inflammation of the genitals.


Spanish Fly’s Dark History as an Aphrodisiac 


In Rome, Livia (58 BC to 29 AD), the devious wife of Augustus Caesar, slipped Spanish Fly into food hoping to inspire her guests to sexual indiscretions she could later use to blackmail them.

Henry IV (1399-1413) of England used Spanish Fly, although he died of other causes (exhaustion) on the floor of Westminster Abbey.

Madame de Montespan decided to seduce Louis XIV of France (1638 – 1715). She mixed Spanish Fly into the King’s food and became one of his favored courtesans. Henry died of other causes. We have no information on the state of his genitals.



Madame de Montespan (1658 – 1707)

The infamous libertine Marquis de Sade (1740 – 1814) fed Spanish Fly laced sweets to prostitutes in 1772. Rather than “setting the prostitutes on fire” as he planned, they fell to the floor withering in agony and vomiting.

Marquis de Sade was found guilty of poisoning and sentenced to death. He barely escaped the executioner’s axe by fleeing Italy.


Spanish Fly is Highly Dangerous and Potentially Lethal 


Although Spanish Fly’s enduring reputation is as an aphrodisiac and means of seduction, there is a very thin line between the effective dose and a virulently toxic dose. A toxic dose can cause extreme pain, potentially fatal damage to the lining of the esophagus, stomach, kidneys, urino-genital system, as well as produce severe headaches, vomiting and death. Any tissue that comes into contact with Cantharidin will be covered in blisters.

Far from being to good way to enhance female libido, Spanish Fly is more like swallowing drain cleaner. Its properties and toxicity are similar to strychnine.


What Are You Getting When You Buy Spanish Fly On the Intrnet? 


Dozens of irresponsible products that call themselves “Spanish Fly” are available on the internet. It is unlikely they really are Spanish Fly, both because it is illegal and because it would be criminally irresponsible to offer it for sale.

Most Spanish Fly products are merely commercial fraud and frequently contain nothing more than cayenne pepper. It may make you feel warm on the inside, but it certainly isn’t an aphrodisiac.

In short, if someone offers you Spanish Fly, run.


A Safe Alternative to  Spanish Fly


The are a variety of safe herbal supplements that have aphrodisiac properties, many of which have been in continuous use for hundreds and thousands of years.

PassionSticksTM, for example is a product that is a blend of 7 ancient sexually stimulating herbs. Single serving stick packets can be pour into any drink or cooked in a recipe. It is safe and effective in increasing male sex drive and increase female desire.


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