- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Herbal Remedies: Increase Your Low Sex Drive the Natural Way
Low sex drive is caused by a variety of physical or psychological problems ranging from stress to drug abuse to past sexual trauma or certain diseases. There are lots of drugs out there that help with the physical aspect of low sex drive (i.e. increasing blood flow to the penis or vagina), there are natural ways to increase your low sex drive as well. While some of these solutions promote increased blood flow like prescription erectile dysfunction medication, these herbal remedies are considered aphrodisiacs, which increase your sexual desire.
First of all, talking to your doctor before trying any medication or natural remedies for low sex drive will help determine any potential causes for this issue. If it is a physical issue, you may have to take certain medications, or stop taking certain medications, to correct it. If it is determined to be a psychological issue, talking to a professional about your problems might help get to the bottom of your low sex drive. If you are taking medication for any condition, be sure to talk to your doctor about any natural, herbal remedies to make sure they don’t negatively react with what you are currently taking.
Many foods and herbs are considered to be natural aphrodisiacs and for centuries people have been testing out different foods specifically for this purposes. For example, in France during the 19th century, brides were served asparagus before their wedding because the vegetable was thought to increase libido! Below are some of the more common herbal remedies for low sex drive and you will be able to find most of these at health stores or even the regular grocery store.
This legume, typical found in tropical climates like India and Africa, is a climbing shrub with long vines that produces beautiful white or purple flowers. The seeds can be black or light brown and are stored in pods covered in tiny hairs that can cause your skin to itch if it comes into contact with the pod. The mucuna pruriens that humans take will be found in a pill or powder form – if taken in it’s natural form in large quantities, it can be harmful to humans so take caution and use the recommended amount. The reason mucuna pruriens is successful in increasing the libido is because is induces the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in our brain that controls many bodily functions, including sexual gratification and mood. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the “Dopa Bean” in retail products.
This shrub, native to areas in Europe, Africa and Asia, is specifically used for heart and circulation problems. For the purposes of increasing your sexual libido, it increases blood flow to the extremities, including the private parts. The hawthorn plan is used extensively for agriculture because of its hardiness, but the actual fruit, called haws, of the plant can be eaten. There are small, like a grape, and become bright red when they are ripe.
The bark of this tree, native to Brazil, is used in the country’s traditional medicine practice as an aphrodisiac – in fact, a native tribe called the Tupi Indians were the first to discover the properties of the catuaba bark. Infusions of the bark and also products in pill form are said to stimulate the central nervous system, basically kick starting your body’s sexual functioning. It is also used for nerve pain, emotional stress and insomnia because it calms and brings balance to the body’s central nervous system.
Scents and Flowers
Certain scents and flowers are said to increase libido because they produce certain chemical reactions in the brain. Experiment with different types of exposure to these scents – you can use perfume, soap, body oil for a sensual massage or even drink some of these as a tea.
There are a wide variety of foods that are purported to increase libido. Here is a partial list, some I have tried, some I have not. Experiment with these foods and make sure to document how they make you feel afterward as they will have a different effect on everyone. Once way to hedge their libido-increasing potential is to share these foods with your partner over a romantic, quiet evening alone together.
Wine (in moderation, of course)