“I have used menstrual blood and vagina fluids on food for all my lovers and male friends, it works. My current boyfriend said to be in love with me prior to the blood ritual, but I caught him flirting with a female. So, for a whole month I fed him body fluids & shaved clippings. He is now solely mine. He pays attention to me only, worships the ground I walk on, wants to be with me day and night, whatever I ask, he gives me. He loves my cooking. He doesn’t suspect anything. He is a Christian man.” – (My Secret Hoodoo Blog)

Menstrual blood in food is not what many of us think of when we hear the word aphrodisiac. In fact, I’m certain that the majority find this aphrodisiac downright disgusting. However, we live and travel in a world where many traditions and norms operate outside our comfort zone and challenge our sense of right and wrong; feeding your man menstrual blood might simply be one more thing to pile onto your list of WTF.

So where did this come from?

Historically, serving menstrual blood in food was a part of sex and love spells. Google “love spells” and you’ll likely come across a litany of Hoodoo websites discussing “Sex Magick” and the use of menstrual blood for casting spells to keep or control your partner. Interestingly enough, many of these spells were passed down through generations of women, which aligns with the oral history tradition from which Hoodoo derived.

Hoodoo is traditional African-American southern folk magic that developed from a number of West and Central African spiritual beliefs and traditions that were brought over during the slave trade. Like many slave traditions, over time, the original beliefs begin to shift and borrow from the environment in which it was used. As such, hoodoo borrows from “Jewish Psalms, German (Pennsylvania “Dutch”) Braucherei curios and even bits of Espiritismo and Santeria.” [source]

Today, Hoodoo is often referred to as conjuring, root working, root doctoring, or working the root. Whether or not Hoodoo is Voodoo is heavily argued and contested amongst practitioners and scholars. However, it is a fact that the passing down of “stories” that are prevalent in Black culture has resulted in many Black Americans, across the country, actively believing and practicing some form of Hoodoo in their daily lives, knowingly or unknowingly. Hence why women who do not necessarily call themselves witches or practitioners of Hoodoo are dropping blood into their man’s food. They may dismiss it as an old wives tales, however, they too are conjuring spells, and you’ve likely come across Black folks doing the same (e.g. picking their hair off the floor, painting their porch ceiling in a pastel like blue, known as “Haint Blue”, to ward off spirits).

Like Hoodoo, Strega tradition or Sicilian Folk Magic, also utilizes spells, herbs, and natural magic as a means of protection and healing.  Citing ethnologist Elsa Guggino, writer, Marguerite Rigoglioso, states in her article, “Stregoneria: The “Old Religion” in Italy from Historical to Modern Times,” that: “A very large number of people from all classes believe in magic in Sicily.” She further notes that the word for “witchcraft” in Italian is “stregoneria” and due to the negative connotations attributed to the word “witch” in the Catholic church, “people prefer to call themselves “maga, mago (the masculine version), magara, ma’ara,” and so forth.”  

According to www.luckymojo.com, Strega practitioners believe that simply serving menstrual blood to a man in his coffee or tea is a sovereign recipe for capturing his sexual attention. “No ritual, prayer, or invocation is necessary; you simply add some menstrual blood to the man’s coffee or tea. The idea is to get your aura into the adorer’s sphere of consciousness. This is nothing more or less than pheromone-magic, and as such, it partakes of biology as much as it does of occultism.”

“Everyone is saying that I am doing the wrong thing by cooking my husband food with my period. Maka why! Let me give u my reason. My auntie has been doing it and she is married for 12 yrs. She and her husband are in peace though they don’t have kids yet but her husband is not even talking of second wife. Since I got married I can beat my chest and say my husband has never misbehaved outside. He practically worships the feet I walk on. I make his food special. I know it’s wrong but I don’t think it’s poisonous. If that is the way my marriage will be intact I have no regrets. I am a very emotional being. I might die if my heart is ever broken. Who are u people to judge me.” (StayAtHomeMommy.com)

In light of all of this information, it is clear that methods of attracting and keeping a partner can come in many different forms. The world we live in is filled with traditions that are reflective of our ethnicities, faiths, and histories and we are better for our diversity. So even if you read this and choose not to wring out a tampon in your partner’s coffee tomorrow morning, you now know a little bit more about the people who do. Have more questions? Go travel and ask them for yourself.


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