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Libido Increasing Herbs

The basic common usage for the term 'Libido' is sexual desire, a person's sex drive or sexual urge. Libido does vary from person to person and levels decrease slowly as people enter mid life.

If you have a lower than normal libido, then eating the right types of foods and cutting down on the wrong foods can help to increase your libido and sex drive.

Taking Herbal Supplements can increase your libido

Many ancient civilizations have known for hundreds of years that some herbs and spices can enhance your libido and help with sexual dysfunction. Often these natural herbs have far less side effects than modern prescription drugs.

A loss of libido is something that can affect women who are pre or post menopausal. Menopause is a natural event in a woman's’ life and loss of libido may be one of the symptoms experienced around this time.

Whatever the reason for a loss or low level of libido, changing your diet and taking the right herbal supplements can help increase libido levels.

Listed below are some of the herbs that are available that can help increase low libido level in both men and women.

Ashwagandha Root

Also known as Indian Winter Cherry - is a shrub cultivated in India and North America. Historically ashwagandha root has also been noted to have libido / sex-enhancing properties. Use as a dietary supplement.

Catuaba Bark

This is a small tree found in the Amazon rain forest in parts of northern Brazil. In Brazilian herbal medicine, Catuaba bark is considered to have aphrodisiac properties and the bark is used for nervousness, poor memory, and helping with sexual weakness. Topi Indians have used the Catuaba bark herbs for increasing libido for many centuries.

Mucuna Pruriens

Also known as velvet bean or cowhage. Mucuna pruriens contains L-Dopa which is used by the body to make dopamine, an important brain chemical involved in mood and sexuality. Mucuna pruriens has also been shown to have some antioxidant properties.

Muira Puama: Potency Wood

This is a small tree native to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. The bark and root are used by the local people for the treatment of low libido, fatigue, neuromuscular problems, and rheumatism. Also spelled in other ways, including marapuama, mara puama and marapama.

Rhodiola Rosea Herb

From the Arctic regions of eastern Siberia. Russians have drunk rhodiola tea for many centuries as an energy booster. Rhodiola root has a reputation for stimulating the nervous system, decreasing depression and enhancing work performance, decreasing fatigue. There have been claims that this herb influences sexual activity and in turn helps with increasing libido levels. Rhodiola root is also called rhizome.


Also known as Pausinystalia, this is the bark of a tall western African tree. Yohimbe bark has been used for centuries in some western African nations for healthy support of erectile function. Yohimbe is also effective for women.

Women like the enhanced sensation and engorgement of genital organs that yohimbe provides, as long as the dose is kept low to prevent any side effects.

Pine Nuts (the edible seeds of pine trees)

Pine nuts being rich in zinc and zinc being necessary to maintain male potency, pine nuts have been used for many years to stimulate the libido.

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