IN 2017 incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel's Mhm Hm dominated the airwaves, and in it the artist touted his virility formula, which he says consists of, among other things, a blended mixture of Supligen, nuts, oats and nutmeg. The mixture, which is almost identical to the traditional Jamaican 'Strong Back', has become a favourite for many men. But does it actually work for the women it's slated to benefit? What are the other tonics and potions that women believe really work to revive an enervated man?
Shoreline, 46, lab technician:
Dandelion, medina and sarsaparilla are some of the most common ones that are used to make tonics. I will also blend up things like arrowroot, linseed and peanut and make tonics with the sarsaparilla plant. These are good to build up the man's stamina, and unlike the over-the-counter stuff that is just a one-go, this will build him up and sustain him, and if you are constant with it then the man will always be ready to go.
Stacy-Ann, 34, sales clerk:
There are many tonics that women can use to enhance a man's stamina and keep his lines and tubes clean. Make such things like hide-me-not, menta and chaney root, for example. Other things like ginseng, spirulina and ginkgo are also very good in this department as well.
Hadey, 44, stay-at-home mom:
My husband has diabetes and it's one of those diseases that will really damage a man's mojo. We don't really believe in the Viagra business, just the natural. I use things like ginseng and fenugreek and these are what we call aphrodisiacs which help to increase the man's sex drive and even help to keep him hard longer. I also give him plenty of watermelon. I don't know how true it is, but old-time people used to say that is the best Viagra. From time to time I will make Strong Back, but without the Guinness, and I use some honey (not a lot) instead of milk, or Splenda.
Ashley, 25, teacher:
Well, to be very honest, all I know about is the Strong Back, you know the peanut, Supligen and oats and, of course, the spirulina, because those are very common.
Lena, 60, housewife:
A mixture of herbal plants such as hold-me-tight; chaney root and medina are common ingredients that we use in the roots that we give our men. Even if they don't have any of these problems, the mixture should get them to keep their members functioning well.
Vinette, 53, shopkeeper:
From a long-time woman, I can tell you that mixing up the okra, peanut, Supligen, Irish moss in all its strength, milk, and some gin or Guinness, works. This is the original booster for the men. But we also know the things like the Zion roots and the Baba roots and even before those things started to be made in the factories, women used to mix herbs and fruits like Noni, your little pomegranate and your melon, and if you should talk about teas and herbs, these are dog blood, ginseng and dandelion.
Annie, 41, insurance agent:
The white part of the melon or what we call the bark of the melon contains the vitamins and the 'good things dem'. Sometimes that can be blended but most women give their men it just as it is because it is like a natural blue pill. Then of course there is spirulina, and you know it's real when Chronixx sings about it. Most times I will mix that with some soy milk and Irish moss. If I am making a tonic, then that would most likely consist of horny goat weed, arrowroot and fresh, nice marijuana. Sometimes I might even give him some horse tonic.