Natural Libido Improvement
Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca)
Native to tropical America, damiana is among the most popular of plant aphrodisiacs. Itís also one of the safest to consume. However, so far researchers have identified no chemical compounds in damiana to substantiate reports of its love-inducing powers. Nonetheless, itís been brewed for centuries. Women, in particular, are said to respond to damianaís charms.
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)
Like its cousins - garlic and onions - the chives plant is rich in minerals our bodies need to manufacture sex hormones. Women who wanted to overcome frigidity once steeped minced chives in champagne. Who knows whether the chives warmed them up or the champagne chilled them out? Try sprinkling chives on a baked potato and see what happens?
No herb has a stronger reputation for revving up the reproductive system. There are three major varieties of ginseng that all boast compounds similar to the female sex hormone estrogen. In addition, ginseng contains phytochemicals that lessen fatigue and increase stamina.
In most Asian countries, ginseng has long been revered as a sexual stimulator. The herb first was touted as a Chinese herbal dating from 25 A.D. Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) contains chemicals called ginsenosides. Some are relaxing and others are stimulating, and both appear to fight fatigue.
African men traditionally have ingested the bark of yohimbe to fortify themselves before making love. Thatís because chemicals in yohimbe bark cause genital blood vessels to dilate.
Kava kava (Piper methysticum)
Kava kava contains compounds called kava pyrones, which have sedative and tranquilizing effects. The herb has been tested and used in Germany and other European countries as a remedy for nervousness and depression. The lesson here is, lose your blues and the libido often makes a full-strength comeback!
Muira-Puama (Liriosma ovata)
Muira-puama tones the central nervous system. However, scientists have so far been unable to figure out how it helps to arouse men sexually. But somehow it does, concede some herbalists.
Hops (Humulus lupulus)
This bitter herb is used to flavor beer, which may not be an aphrodisiac but certainly has a reputation for helping couples to loosen up. Hops contain chemicals that are similar to estrogen. Whatís more, hops can help you take the edge off. Another of its chemical constituents, 2-methyl-3-butene-2-ol, is a potent sedative. This effect is obviously, and somewhat dangerously, enhanced with overconsumption of beer.