What are aphrodisiac herbs?
The use of aphrodisiacs to increase libido is documented in most cultures throughout history. Named after the Ancient Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, these herbs are said to raise libido, enhance sensitivity, boost arousal, increase stamina and improve ‘performance’ for both men and women. But despite their long-standing history, the limited scientific research done on natural libido boosters has produced little clinical evidence supporting their effects.
Do aphrodisiac herbs work?
Our stressful lives can sometimes blunt our libido. But of course, aphrodisiac herbs are not only good to simulate sexual appetite and sensations, they're fantastic for overall reproductive organs health. Each aphrodisiac herb or spice will have many health benefits of its own. In fact, I'm describing some of those below.
Can you really boost libido with herbs?
Because sexual health is just one aspect of overall health. It’s hard to feel in the mood for love when we are tired or stressed. So a wholefood diet is key, as is good sleep, exercise and mindfulness. All these things, if incorporated into our daily lives, can make a real difference.
With this in mind I blended a wonderful love potion. I love the taste so much actually that I'm working on a cocktail recipe, with infused gin. So stay tuned!
So Aphrodite's Love Potion is a cheeky blend with aphrodisiac herbs. But despite their sexy reputation, they're also calming and may help relieve stress. A busy mind is libido's worst enemy after all. This potion is the little extra that can help your mind focus on present moment rather than on the to-do list.
What herbs boost libido?
the most famous of Amazonian aphrodisiac plants
- Perhaps the most famous of all Amazonian aphrodisiac plants
- The historic traditional use of this herbal tonic is legendary.
- The effect is particularly pronounced in men
- Gives strength and relieves fatigue
Also known as the ‘Viagra of the Amazon’ in the West or ‘Potent wood’ by the Amazon natives
- Has been used to improve psychological and physical aspects of libido and sexual function, including menstrual cramps and PMS, for centuries
- Also a good tonic for the nervous system, which may be beneficial in terms of stress management and mild exhaustion
Caution: Muira Puama may raise blood pressure
Also known as Goddess of Love and Love Leaf, Damiana was used by the Aztecs for impotency
- Mexican women were also known to use it to stimulate sensual sensations
- Produces a mild emotional uplift, acts as an anti-depressant and a calming tonic
- It is said that it can promote pleasant dreams (quite possibly erotic within the first 7 days!)
- This plant is so important to Mexico that is has been classified as a ‘national treasure’ and is now prohibited to export it as a live plant
- Many women have noticed that symptoms of PMT, as well as menopause, disappear with regular use of damiana.
nourishes the hormonal system
- Maca is known to balance hormones as it contains the nutrients necessary to support normal hormone production.
- It nourishes the hormonal system and reduces stress hormones.
- It can improve your mood and reduce symptoms of menopause.
- It has also been used to increase fertility and libido.
sensual and calming scent
- The smell of petals can help to soothe a stressed, overthinking mind.
known to help balance the body depending on the individual's needs
- Ginseng is an excellent immune booster. It can increase mental, physical resistance to stress and disease.
- Men have used the herb to improve sexual function and it is believed to increase estrogen levels in women, therefore useful in treating menopausal symptoms.
Star Anise (China)
tonic for reproductive organs
- Star anise is lightly sedative.
- Yet it is also a stimulant. Providing the right balance between calm and positive energy.
- By increasing the estrogen levels in the blood, anise tea can help regulate menstrual cycles.
- It may help to ease the transition through menopause.
Note from the Alchemist:
We describe and promote our products in good faith. The information provided about the beneficial properties of all of our products is derived from the use and characteristics commonly attributed to them. Benefits of our products may vary from person to person. It is always advisable to seek the opinion of a professional herbalist or your GP.