Here is a list of herbs that can improve your sex drive and promote sexual health. Some of these herbs are recognized as aphrodisiacs. I’ve selected the most sex-friendly herbs that are easy to find in a health food store or herb shop. To be safe, only use these herbs after consulting with a physician, especially if you are diabetic or have a heart condition.
Damiana. This is a small green shrub with yellow flowers that is found throughout Mexico and South America. Indigenous people of the region have long used damiana as an aphrodisiac. Fans of the TV show CSI: Miami were introduced to damiana when the herb was used in scenes where it was mixed with expensive chocolate. It’s ideal in tea, and I’d recommend adding a sweet herb to it such as peppermint or spearmint, since damiana has a slightly bitter taste. Women who drink a cup of damiana tea one or two hours before having sex experience heightened pleasure. Don’t take damiana if you are diabetic.
Gingko Biloba. Also known as the Maidenhair Tree, this herb has been shown to increase circulation in blood vessels just below the surface without increasing blood pressure, so it’s ideal to use for erectile difficulties.
Yohimbe. This African herb has been shown to improve a man’s staying power. You need to wait about thirty minutes for yohimbe to take effect, and the effect lasts for several hours. Take safety measures when using yohimbe and use it responsibly. Talk to your doctor first. According to the mothernature.com web site, “To be safe, if you have high blood pressure or diabetes, use yohimbe only under the care of a professional. Also, don’t take it with diet aids, commercial nasal decongestants that contain ephedrine, or with cheese, red wine or liver, since combining any of these with yohimbine (the active ingredient in yohimbe) sometimes causes side effects, such as headaches.”
L-Arginine. This non-essential amino acid is used in sexual stimulants, since people who have used it report longer and more intense orgasms. In men, l-arginine improves blood flow, resulting in harder, bigger, and longer lasting erections. In women, l-arginine encourages blood flow to the vaginal area, making the vaginal tissues and clitoris more sensitive and very responsive to sexual stimulation. Women who increase their l-arginine intake are better able to reach orgasm.
Saw Palmetto. This herb has long been recognized for its healing properties regarding the prostate gland in men. It also helps to alleviate hair loss in both men and women. This herb has an interesting effect on women regarding their hair because it both alleviates hair loss in women as well as reduces excessive growth of dark facial hair. Saw palmetto has been prescribed for women suffering from acne and irregular menstrual cycles. It has also been used by women to enhance milk production in new mothers, increase breast size, and decrease menopausal problems. Do not take saw palmetto when pregnant, nursing, or trying to conceive.
Sarsaparilla. The root of this vitamin and mineral packed vine aids both men and women in the production of sex hormones testosterone, progesterone, and desoxy-corticosterone. Saponins and plant steroids found in many species of plants (including sarsaparilla) can be synthesized into human steroids such as estrogen and testosterone. Please do not confuse this plant with the sarsaparilla that is used to flavor tasty soft drinks.
Ginseng. Long revered for its sexual properties, ginseng promotes blood production and encourages the secretion of sex hormones in men and women. Ginseng strengthens a man’s sex organs. It also boosts sexuality, circulation, and energy. Ginseng improves your vitality and general energy, so it’s good to take for overall health reasons whether you are male or female.
Ginger. This tasty root (not the powdered spice variety) has been deemed an aphrodisiac for centuries because of its heady smell and the way in which it promotes circulation. Fresh ginger root steeped as a tea also eases stomach upsets. When I have a tummy ache, I always steep a few slices of fresh ginger root in boiling water. Does the trick like a charm! It’s great in Asian food and tastes wonderful with seafood. Freshly cut ginger root is also used in a kinky sex act called figging. Having experimented with figging, I can attest that it is the bull’s bollocks!
Originally published Sexis