Herbs and spices have been used throughout history as aphrodisiacs. Aphrodisiacs are defined as a substance believed to arouse sexual desire; the name being derived from the Greek goddess of sensuality, beauty and love, Aphrodite.
There are several different categories of aphrodisiacs. The use of herbs to alleviate imbalances that interfere with normal sexual function will be covered. According to Chinese medicine, the kidneys provide our stamina and life energy; Chi or Qi, and thus determine our libido. Many of the following herbs tone and balance the body to create greater health, energy, and longevity. Some provide relaxation to help release everyday stresses. Typically these herbs would be used as an infusion, decoction or tincture and taken over a period of time to bring the body to a healthy, balanced state.
Herbs as Aphrodisiacs
Insomnia from mental worry
Tones nervous system
Produces euphoria & dreamy state
DO NOT mix with other drugs or alcohol
|Siberian ginseng||Sensitivity to environmental stresses – noise, changes in weather …
Supports immune system
Increases resistance to stress
|Licorice||Strengthens adrenal glands|
Strengthens nervous system
|Oats / Oatstraw||Strengthens nervous system
|Damiana||Support nervous and hormonal systems
Considered a true aphrodisiac by increasing sensuality.
|Saw Palmetto||Tones and strengthens the male reproductive system.|
Spices have been used throughout history as aphrodisiacs because of their exotic fragrances and scents. Following are a list of the more common ones: fenugreek, turmeric, curry, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, fennel, anise, nutmeg and vanilla. Typically these would be used in cooking.
Essential Oils as Aphrodisiacs
- Ylang Ylang
- Black Pepper
Essential oils can be blended into appealing massage oils, lotions, baths, or used to scent the room through a diffuser. Or, find a nice combination and mix with a little base oil to use as a perfumed oil. Be creative but remember essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin without diluting with a base oil such as sweet almond.