Increase Female Libido
Women have always looked to nature to increase female libido and make them feel sexy. From figs – reputedly favoured by Cleopatra – to artichokes, popularised as an aphrodisiac in 16th century France by Catherine de Medici, wife of the French King Henry II – women have for centuries sought to increase their libido naturally.
From avocados, (forbidden by Spanish priests as a danger to chastity) to almonds, which Romans threw at newlyweds because the smell was said to incite female passion, some foods have been credited with an ability to increase female libido since ancient times. If some women prefer chocolate to sex (and that’s debated) it’s not surprising perhaps, because chocolate contains several chemicals which release “feel good” brain chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. And then there’s honey mead drunk by Persian and Germanic couples in the first month of their marriage (hence “honeymoon”) to encourage fertility and the birth of a son. Today we are more likely to turn to herbal supplements to increase female libido naturally. Herbs that are commonly used to boost women’s libido include tribulus terrestris, horny goat weed, damiana, maca, mucuna pruriens, muira puama, dong quai, ginseng, ginko biloba and wild yam.
Top Ten Herbs For Female Libido
1) Tribulus Terrestris
Has a long history of traditional use in China, India, and Greece for sexual health, and boosting energy levels. Tribulus is one of the more commonly prescribed libido herbsfor not only women but also for men. It is thought tribulus increases the production of lutenising hormone (LH) which stimulates testosterone levels. (Women with a low libido often have low levels of testosterone.)
2) HORNY GOAT WEED
Horny Goat Weed has been used for over 1000 years in Asia and the Mediterranean to improve sexual function and increase energy. It’s thought to work by increasing nitric oxide levels, which relaxes smooth muscle, allowing more bloodflowto the clitoris and improving sexual pleasure, increasing the likelihood of orgasm.
Dubbed the “ultimate feel good herb,” damiana dates from the Mayans, and is used to relax the body, reduce stress, and increase overall sexual sensitivity. Spanish missionaries first recorded that the Mexican Indians drank damiana tea mixed with sugar as an aphrodisiac. Scientists from the School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, studied 77 women over the age of 21 who wanted to improve their sexual function. Thirty-four of these women took a nutritional supplement containing damiana in addition to ginseng, ginkgo biloba and L-arginine – all of which work together to improve blood circulation to the sexual organs, and 43 received a placebo (dummy treatment) each day. After four weeks, over 73 per cent of the women who took the supplement reported an overall improvement in their sex lives, compared with just 37.2 per cent of those in the placebo group. Improvements were experienced in several areas – including sexual desire, reduction of vaginal dryness, frequency of sexual intercourse and orgasm, and increased clitoral sensation. Damiana and L-arginine are also available in topically applied intimate gels like Ignite Intimate Gel.
4) MUIRA PUAMA
A Brazilian shrub that’s been dubbed “the Viagra of the Amazon” because of its benefits in enhancing sexual desire in both men and women, “Potency wood” as it’s called, is used as a nerve tonic, for general sexual function and to ease menstrual cramps and PMS. A research study conducted in Paris published by J. Waynberg and S. Brewer in 2000 showed that muira puama significantly increased the sexual drive in women. The researchers concluded that there were significant improvements “in frequency of sexual desires, sexual intercourse, and sexual fantasies, as well as in satisfaction with sex life, intensity of sexual desires, excitement of fantasies, ability to reach orgasm, and intensity of orgasm.” (Muira Puama is not accepted for use in Australia under the Therapeutic Goods Act.)
Maca has been used for 3000 years in the Andes to improve energy and fertility. Maca root is highly beneficial to women entering menopause, because it encourages an increase and then a balance between estrogen and progesterone, reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness. Maca root also helps to increase libido, restoring sex drive that was lost during menopause, and is also thought to help decrease the effects of memory loss and osteoporosis.(Maca is not accepted for use in Australia under the Therapeutic Goods Act.)
6) DONG QUAI
Dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan and is used by herbalists as a treatment for a variety of gynecological complaints from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal problems. (Don Quai is one of the ingredients in Ignite for Women capsules).
7) GINGKO BILOBA
Gingko for sexual function is widely used, particularly in combination with other libido-enhancing herbs. A test using Ginkgo biloba extract with 63 patients was found to be effective in 84% of patients with antidepressant-related sexual dysfunction.ÂÂ
9) WILD YAM
The phytosterols in the tubers of wild yam are precursors to sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. Stimulate the libido by increasing oestrogen in the body. Wild Yam will also reduce the risk of heart problems and breast cancer in post-menopausal women. 10) Mucuna pruriens Long used as an aphrodisiac, Mucuna pruriens is a naturally occurring source of L-Dopa, the precursor to dopamine, the brain’s pleasure chemical which has a significant impact on sexual pleasure and functioning. (Mucuna in not accepted for use in Australia under the Therapeutic Goods Act.) Mucuna has been known to increase women’s libido, reduce anxiety and depression, promote ovulation, increase lean muscle, and more!