Ladies, make sure you take Vitamin E and the mineral Zinc to give your hormonal system a nutritional basis to stand on. These two simple nutrients are used for hormonal health. This article is not about how to stop hot flashes or mood swings, but how to get you back in the mood for love and I mean lovemaking. Let me take you for a walk through the herbal kingdom and show how to get that fire back.
Kacip Fatimah - Traditionally used by women in southeast Asia to enhance libido. The bioactive phytoestrogen also helps tighten the vaginal muscles and strengthen the female reproductive system after child birth. This is perfect for women who say they don’t feel the same after giving birth. Very helpful.
White kwao krua - Traditionally used by Thai women to enhance sexual health and libido. Helps ease menopausal symptoms, improve facial complexion, firm the breast, and strengthen the female reproductive health.
Epimedium - A potent aphrodisiac and a valuable tonic for the reproductive system. It stimulates sexual activity in both men and women, stimulates the sensory nerves throughout the body, especially in the genital region, and increases sexual desire. Known as Horny Goat Weed so it has to be good, right?
Ginkgo Biloba - Not a sexual herb by any means, but is used to increase circulation to all parts of the body which assist in oxygen uptakes to all parts of body. Ginkgo increases nitric oxide (NO) production which induces vasodilatation and help increase blood flow to all areas including the genital area.
Eleutherococcus senticosus - A powerful adaptogen and energy tonic that may help the body adapt to stress, increase energy and vitality, maintain normal immune response and increase mental sharpness. By supporting healthy uterine and hormonal function, Useful in enhancing female fertility, maintaining normal menstrual flow, and relieving menopausal symptoms. Ladies, if stress is your reason why you aren’t in the mood for love, then Eleuthero is your remedy. It helps to strengthen your adrenal glands and protects you against stress.
Oak Gall - Traditionally used by the Malay women as a douche to eliminate yeast infections and unpleasant odors, and to tighten the birth channel. Oak Gall is a powerful antioxidant.
Maca - For hundreds of years native Peruvians have used Maca for its ability to increase energy and stamina and, more popularly, for its effectiveness as an aphrodisiac. Maca is a woman’s best friend. It will help normalize a woman’s complete hormonal system and increase fertility. Many clinical test have shown Maca to be the best herb to help improve hormonal health and sexual function.
Muira Puama Extract - Native tribes in the basins of Brazil's Amazon River and Venezuela's Orinoco River have used muira puama for various functions, including improving sexual desire. In men, it works like natural Viagra, but in women, it helps to improve blood flow to the genital area to increase sensitivity. But one secret of this herb when it comes to women is that it improves the vaginal lubrication needed for more enjoyable lovemaking.
Rhodiola Rosea - A legendary adaptogenic tonifier that comes from the polar Arctic regions of Eastern Siberia. Also known as rhodiola was highly valued by traditional Arctic tribes as a strengthening tonic to increase physical and mental stamina. Again, this herb isn’t related to sex, but helps to relieve stress.
TongKat Ali - Helps increase free testosterone production, DHEA, and reduces the sex hormone binding globulin. This in turn helps to enhance sexual function, improves mood, and increases energy levels. Want to know the secret to increased sexual desire? It’s testosterone, that’s right the same hormone that makes men who they are, but a tiny bit in women helps to turn a cat into a tigress faster than a leopard can pounce on its prey. Doctors do prescribe a small amount of testosterone for older women to reignite the internal flame of love. Get a boost of testosterone and the first stop could be Victoria’s Secret.
Ward W. Bond, PhD