Undeniably, both men and women want their sex life to be pleasurable. But having a good sex life isn’t achieved by having a mere desire alone or having the most physically stimulating partner, though, these things matter a lot too.
Those who feel the need for more excitement hack their ways through this. Some try supplements, while others choose the path that the ancient cultures left behind and follow natural aphrodisiacs.
Since the beginning of time, humans used aphrodisiacs to raise their libido and increase sexual pleasure. No wonder, this desire often comes in our mind unto this day. If you’re wondering what these natural aphrodisiacs are, read on. There might be some that might heighten your interest and you can’t wait to try them out after reading this.
Here they are, and some of them may just be lying on your kitchen counter or hiding inside your fridge.
Ginseng is an herb that actually looks like the human body and which also means a “man root.” Studies show that a sexual response has been found in animals who were given ginseng. No such evidence has been found suggesting on the effects of ginseng in humans.
However, ginseng has been found to have an effect on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenaline or HPA nexus of the human brain. The increase in the plasma levels of corticotrophins and corticosteroids results to an increased sense of vitality and well-being including sexual pleasure.
You can incorporate ginseng into your diet by eating the root raw or chewed. If you opt to drink it as tea, you can simmer root slices in hot water. Ginseng is also offered in powder and capsule form. The powder can be sprinkled over your salads, fried or cooked dishes, and smoothies. The capsule form is designed as a food supplement.
Yohimbe is an herb that can be found in Nigeria, Cameroon, and the Congo. Its bark extracts are said to treat erectile dysfunction and increase libido. A lot of online and health food stores promote Yohimbe extracts.
Unfortunately, a lot of side effects are attributed to its use such as hallucinations, weakness, and even paralysis. You may want to have second thoughts when considering to use this herb.
Damiana is a wild shrub commonly found in Mexico and Central America. It’s mainly used for medicine to treat stomach problems like dyspepsia, diarrhea, and constipation. It’s also said to have aphrodisiac qualities that can increase stamina and sexual arousal both in men and women. Damiana is also said to increase symptoms in menopausal and premenstrual syndrome or PMS as well as to decrease women’s vaginal dryness problems.
Damiana can be administered as a tea drink. Use dried leaves that are available in the market. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves to 1 cup of water, add a lemon wedge, and mix 1 tablespoon of raw honey to taste.
Hot spices like cayenne are said to turn you on. The capsaicin, which is an active ingredient in cayenne, increases heart rate, blood flow, and metabolism. An increased blood flow to the veins, arteries, and sex organs, specifically the penis leads to an erection that can be maintained for a longer period of time. Cayenne also aids in the release of the endorphins, the feel-good hormones that make you feel euphoric and set your mood for love.
You can add this spicy pepper to your dishes in powder, dried or fresh form. If you haven’t used cayenne before, start with small amounts. Gradually increase your intake as your body starts to get immuned by its hot taste.
In the table of health-conscious people, okra is almost always present. It’s a vegetable that has a good reputation because of its ample benefits. Okra is rich in magnesium that is a natural relaxant and full of iron, folate, zinc, and B vitamin that are good for the sexual glands.
As an aphrodisiac, okra is most effective when prepared either steamed or blanched. Convincing your partner to include okra in your dinner table might be a good idea.
Ginger is an effective aid for digestion. This spicy root increases circulation, boosts immunity, and sensitivity. Because of its warming effects on the body, ginger is an aphrodisiac that can treat male impotence.
In India, ginger is mixed with egg and honey. But you can use this root in any way you like. Confucius is even said to add ginger in his every meal due to its health benefits. This shows how a diet that consists of ginger can make your body and sex organs happy.
Ginger can be used as a tea or food seasoning. Make a tea by putting some root slices into a hot or boiling water. The powder form can be directly added to a cup of hot water.
L-arginine is a natural amino acid that changes into nitric oxide when inside the body. Nitric oxide or NO is a neurotransmitter that helps blood vessels to relax and helps improve circulation and blood flow. With an increased blood flow and circulation in the male organ, sexual performance is enhanced. L-arginine also works best for men who have hypertension and erectile dysfunction.
The dosage of L-arginine varies from 500 to 3000 milligrams two times a day. It would be best to consult your doctor for the most effective result.
While some people avoid chocolate because of its sugar and fat contents, others intentionally pick them up as snacks because of its endorphin rush that gives people a “high”. Chocolate contains substances responsible for increasing serotonin levels, giving you feelings of relaxation and satisfaction. An Italian study also shows the correlation between chocolates and an increased libido.
So, if you want to feel a bit naughty, pump up some chocolates and prepare yourself for that sense of increased sex drive.
It’s true that alcohol in beverages can decrease your inhibition and potentially reduce your sex drive. But there’s always an exception to the rule. Champagne is one of them. Champagne is said to be the best arousal drink because of the carbonation that can improve your mood and make you feel relaxed.
A study found that champagne gives your heart optimal blood flow, which induces sexual excitement. Experts said that champagne with the rosy hue is the best aphrodisiac.
When served at a chilled temperature, the wine will fill your body with “giddy effervescence”. You’ll be likely to feel hot and seek for the warmth of a companion.
All the aphrodisiacs listed here may work or may not work for you. After all, everything still depends upon you and your partner to make the best of your sexual intimacy.