Has your sex drive gone absent for a long time now? Low libido is a common problem which is usually triggered by emotional and/or hormonal issues. The following natural remedies will help rev up your desire for sex once again.
The rule ‘junk in, junk out’ proves to be true: a vibrant, healthy, balanced, and energizing diet contributes a major role in giving you the same health benefits in the bedroom as much as a heavy, high-fat diet makes you sluggish.
Oysters, crab, chicken, cashews, fortified cereals, and chickpeas are good sources of Zinc which is essential for the production and proper release of sex hormones in both men and women.
Foods high in antioxidants such as red grapes, berries, and chocolates may also help as do spices such as ginger, chilies, nutmeg, and curry which are believed to help stimulate circulation to the genital area. The L-arginine amino acid also helps stimulate the body’s production of nitric acid which amplifies blood supply to the genitals.
To help calm your nervous system and reduce any anxiety with regards to sexual intercourse, you may take Vitamin B-complex supplements which also aid the synthesis of hormones related to sexual function.
Turn to the East:
Low libido according to traditional Eastern/Chinese medicine may also be caused by certain kidney deficiencies most especially if it’s symptoms include tiredness, dizziness, or lower back pain. The following natural tonics are said to help improve low libido: Chinese yam, Chinese foxglove, Saigon cinnamon, Asiatic cornelian cherry, peony root, and wolfberry.
Foods like black sesame seeds, Chinese jujubes, sword beans, chicken liver, and wheat also increases kidney vigor, as does acupuncture.
If fatigue and depression are the main causes of your low libido, herbs such as ginseng and ashwagandha will help you build energy and stamina as well as regulate your body’s metabolic rate, helping to protect it against emotional and/or mental stress.
Ginkgo is a tonic antioxidant that helps enhance blood flow to the body’s extremities, including sex organs.
Maca is a South American native root plant that is believed to nourish the endocrine glands (for producing as well as releasing sex hormones), to improve adrenal and pituitary gland functioning, to stimulate the hypothalamus, and to support and balance sex hormones therefore boosting dwindling desire for sex. (It also promotes vaginal tenderness.) Simply add one teaspoonful of its powder to your drink daily.
Sarsaparilla also mimics the effect of some sex hormones thus acting as a tonic for sexual health. It contains steroidal saponins.
Damiana is a stimulant for the nervous system that has been traditionally used for promoting energy and increasing libido in women. On the other hand, you should only use it under professional supervision. Finding a certified herbalist can help give you a prescription personalized to your needs.
When a woman’s estrogen levels decline during pre-menopause as well as during menopause itself, it results to the dryness and thinning of the vaginal tissues also know as vaginal atrophy. And poor lubrication in the vaginal area means painful sex affecting one’s interest in sex so better seek treatment.
Conventional prescription treatments include hormone creams or pessaries, and alternative remedies include massaging the contents of a Vitamin-E capsule into your vagina daily. You can also use over-the-counter wild yam creams, which balances the hormones when rubbed on to the vaginal skin.
Avoid lubricant gels made with petroleum derivatives, mineral oil, parabens, and artificial perfumes or coloring. Instead, opt for water-based lubricants made with all-natural ingredients such as the kiwifruit-based Sylk gel, or the chamomile/aloe vera gel AstroGlide.
Have Some Ommm:
Manage stress by allotting time to exercise and meditate. Psychological factors related to depression and stress can decrease your sex drive because of the negative effects of the cortisol and adrenalin stress hormones. These reduce the sex drive receptors’ reactivity because of its ‘fight or flight’ bodily response to stress.
If bad relationship, poor body image, and/or low self-esteem are the main issues that interfere with your sex life, you may need to seek counsel from a qualified therapist.
Check your meds:
Prescription medications such as antidepressants, pain relievers, and drugs for chemotherapy and blood pressure can produce undesirable side effects to your sexual health. Even non-prescription antihistamines may also kill libido. Ask your doctor if one of your medicines may be the possible cause of your low sex drive.
Has your drive for sex declined over the recent years? Have you tried any of the above methods?