Aphrodiacs herbs to boost sex drive

January 23, 2020

Libido, desire, intensity. Throughout history, people have searched for herbal aphrodisiacs to boost them, in this article I'm going to discuss 4 aphrodisiac herbs along with other tips and tricks to optimise all 3

Kitty kat pill?

Last week, a lot of people were tweeting about a certain pill, some saying they want to buy it, other saying they used it.

These pills claim to Help maintain/improve orgasm strength, Increased sexual arousal in women and have no side effects. There are some for men too, which claim to have similar effects.

Be mindful of proprietary blends

One thing in common with these pills is that they are made from herbs, sometimes even 100% herbs. These herbs are aphrodisiac herbs. It’s worth noting that these pills are all proprietary blends, which means, they may detail which herbs are used but not the exact amount and no other company will have the exact same herbal mix in that exact amount. But you won’t know dosage or if it has hidden ingredients, this can be dangerous, especially if you’re taking medication that may interact.

So for some, this video, that dives into the exact herbs used will be beneficial as you can craft your own mix and know exactly what is in it because some people warn that prop blends are used to give you one potent herb and many fillers or are used so it can’t be tested to see it’s effectiveness, so that’s something to think about, so let’s dive in a bit more 

What is an aphrodisiac

Aphrodisiacs — named after the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, is a food, drink, or other thing that stimulates sexual desire. Aphrodisiacs can be classed into 3 types: those that increase (1) libido or sexual desire, (2) potency that’s the ability to carry out and consummate sexual intercourse, or (3) sexual pleasure, that’s intensifying the act.

I also see the benefits. Personally, I don’t get ill, but what I do get is signs that I’m about to get ill. For example, I can feel a cold coming as I start to get some sniffles. At that moment, I'll stop eating and drink some herbs. One of those herbs will be cat's claw and I promise you, by the next morning, I'm back to normal. Any one who is around me will attest to this. 

So I’ve seen it work, the only downside is that very few high quality clinical trials for the vast number of benefits, so we’ll focus on 3 known benefits and briefly touch on others too.

Anti-inflammatory benefits

Fun fact, cannabis was used in ancient india from the 7th century onwards as an aid to sexual pleasure and enlightenment, but it's said it wasn't smoked but used to make a drink called bhang

There are other historical examples of potent potions being used, but remember, it’s not everything you hear you try, some practices could land you in jail, maybe book a trip to Amsterdam or California lol

5 things that kill libido

Before we get into the herbs, as we always do, we get into a bit of background and context and ill start with key things that harm or kill your libido, here are 5

  1. Stress kills libido

when stressed, pretty much everything shuts down, learn to relax, learn coping strategies, i also have a video on stress, this is very important. 

Studies show that Stress related to sexual performance may interfere with sexual arousal. So stop putting so much pressure on yourself, this goes to both men and women. 

 2. Body fat is linked to libido

Having a too high BMI or too low BMI can affect your mojo but when losing weight, the weight loss process can also affect your hormonal balances, so no crash diets, this is mainly in men, but in women, research shows, this link has a lot to do with body confidence rather than the BMI itself. 

So, learn to love yourself, no pun intended, comparison is the thief of joy but also the thief of libido, as research shows. 

One way to beat this is to workout! The hormones, such as endorphins and dopamine, that are believed to affect sex drive.

3. Lifestyle

prolonged consumption of alcohol or cigarettes can kill libido but also lack of sleep, bad diet,and lack of exercise are key killers too, these are obvious ones but how much sleep did you get last night? A, yep, could have been longer

4. Low confidence and self esteem, 

This is a key one for everyone, instead of focusing on what could go wrong and flaws, it’s not easy but shifting the focus and enjoying the moments can help, creating open safe places to have discussions, and working on points 1-3 may help too. 

5. Nutrients

Deficiencies can kill libido. Key nutrients to ensure you’re getting are vitamin D, vitamin D deficiency can devastate a women’s sex drive because it can bring on low estrogen levels, it can also make you moody or feel low. For men, low vitamin D levels mean low testosterone and that equals a low libido.

I use this vitamin d3 supplement in the winter

So make sure you boost both of your vitamin D. Other nutrients to ensure you are getting include Vitamin A, E, THIAMIN, NIACIN, which is good for blood flow to the extremities, zinc and omega 3 fatty acids. All are key for libido

Anything that makes you happier and confident can act as an aphrodisiac

It's important to do all you can from a basic prospective before trying herbs, the above methods are proven to work where as herbs can sometimes be inconclusive.

The 4 aphrodisiac herbs for sex drive

Maca powder

In one study, postmenopausal women were given 3.5 grams of powdered Maca per day for 6 weeks and placebo for 6 weeks. When using the maca they reported less anxiety and depression and higher libido. Maca may also boost libido in women struggling to achieve orgasm while taking antidepressants. 

For men, it’s dubbed ‘nature’s Viagra’ though it’s not fully understood as to how it works but Some experts believe its libido lift is caused by maca’s unique long chain fatty acids. In one study, Men aged 21-56 years received Maca in one of two doses: 1,500 mg or 3,000 mg or placebo. By week 8, An improvement in sexual desire was observed.

It’s worth noting though, that in 2 clinical trials, the results failed to show any significant changes. So different people may react differently, there is a chance placebo can play a role in results too

But Indirectly, this herb could help as it’s been shown to help with mood, motivation and energy, which can help how one feels, thus how one performs. 

Horny goat weed

This herb has been used as an aphrodisiac and is helpful in treating erectile dysfunction. 

For women, it’s said that having higher levels of estrogen in the body promotes vaginal lubrication and increases sexual desire.

Two other compounds in Horny Goat Weed have been shown to increase estrogen in post-menopausal females. As this may be extrapolated, this herb acts as an aphrodisiac in both genders

Panax Ginseng

Preliminary studies show that it may help with erectile dysfunction for men, this counts as potency. One of the reasons for this is the ginseng was shown to help with nitric oxide release for men. Nitric oxide is involved in many cell processes, including the widening of the blood vessels, it’s needed for the muscles in the penis to relax. 

This relaxation allows chambers inside the penis to fill with blood so the penis becomes erect. but for ladies, Research on its effect on women is limited, but one type, Korean red ginseng, has been shown to boost sexual arousal in menopausal women, So this potentially can be extrapolated.


Sarsaparilla is beneficial for both men and women but the mechanism of how it works hasn't yet been understood. It is thought that the herb contains substances known as phytosterols which are similar to testosterone and which may stimulate the activity of sexual hormones in the body. 

The action may be helpful in curing impotence and enhancing sex drive among men by optimising the action of male sex hormones. Among women, sarsaparilla is thought to stimulate the production of progesterone, the lack of which may be responsible for depressed libido.

Ginger *bonus*

A bonus herb is ginger, ginger can improve blood flow and circulation naturally. Not only does this improve heart and vein health but it also impacts sexual performance and the ability to orgasm. There are other herbs like tribulus, Ashwagandha and ginkgo, so comment if you want a part 2!

As always, do your own research or consult an expert before trying any new herb or supplement. 

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