Herbal Aphrodisiacs

It is often the case that women going through menopause experience changes in their sexual drives. With the changing balance of female hormones during the change of life, it is likely that women will find themselves with somewhat lowered sexual drives. This is not always the case but largely is.

This article contains some herbs you can use to enhance your sexual drive, herbs which are known as aphrodisiacs. Herbal Aphrodisiacs traditionally arouse or intensify sexual desire.
The word ‘aphrodisiac’ itself comes from the Greek goddess of love, beauty and sexuality called Aphrodite, from aphrodsi, meaning sexual pleasures.

Damiana

A small, strongly aromatic shrub grown in South America. The leaves are used for therapeutic purposes. The leaves and stems are gathered when the plant is in flower and are then dried.

Damiana is also considered a stimulant for the reproductive system in both sexes. Especially in men, where impotence and sterility is associated with anxiety. As a stimulant for the nervous system, Damiana can be used to treat depression, physical weakness, mental stupor and nervous exhaustion.

Damiana is often used in the treatment of poor digestion with constipation, lack of appetite and also for inflammation of the prostate and the relief of chronic cystitis.

Ginseng

Ginseng is a favourite amongst aphrodisiac herbs. Originated in the Far East and it is now very widely used, Ginseng comes from the Chinese word “rénshén” meaning “man root.” Its name is derived from its distinctive human-like appearance.

The root is the active part of Ginseng and contains ingredients which help the body cope with stress and it replenishes energy. Ginseng is well known for its assistance with boosting sex drive and has a number of other properties and these include strengthening the immune system and increases concentration.

Some of its uses include exhaustion, lack of concentration, weakness, loss of sex drive and when used with other herbs it helps in getting rid of persistent infections.

One of its more unusual uses has been in easing the effects of jet lag and this helps to show just how useful and versatile this age old herb really can be. By ensuring the herb is organic you are maximising the chances of the herb being as effective as possible.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is also known as Birds foot, based on the shape of its leaves, which resemble the structure of a bird’s foot. For its culinary and medicinal qualities, fenugreek has been valued since the time of the ancient Greeks. The aromatic seed has a slightly bitter celery-taste, and is roasted in the Middle East as a coffee substitute.

Fenugreek has acquired a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Fenugreek contains a plant hormone called diosgenin that can be chemically converted into a hormone called progesterone. Chemical analysis has revealed that diosgenin acts in a similar way to the body's own sex hormones.

Fenugreek is also an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, soothing and has expectorant qualities. It could help to ease coughing. In women it should not be taken during pregnancy as it promotes menstruation. Apparently, after birth it is a well known safe way to stimulate the flow of breast milk.

Feungreek should not be taken during pregnancy as it promotes menstruation.

Saw Palmetto

Some research demonstrates that a chemical found within the herb has aphrodisiac effects for both men and women. A century ago this herb was known for its success in breast enlargement.

Saw Palmetto is a small palm-like tree grown in the West Indies and the southeastern U.S. particularly Florida. There are a number of uses of Saw Palmetto but the most famous and most researched is the positive benefits in treating men's problems, particularly those concerned with difficulty when urinating and for all prostrate conditions. Certain substances in the plant help prevent chemical changes to testosterone, which could otherwise result in this painful condition.

Women too have received great benefit from taking this herb.