Nature has provided us with an array of natural aphrodisiacs that come in the forms of plants, minerals, herbs, fruit, vegetables and even the cocoa bean to give our libido a little assistance. Some of these ingredients have been used in a variety of alternative medicines for thousands of years. They say that the name aphrodisiac came from the Greek Goddess Aphrodite.
These natural aphrodisiacs help to increase libido, otherwise known as sexual desire or sex drive. The male and female libido can slump at one time or another, especially after the age of 30, with the stresses of everyday life. In fact, 40 per cent of women note a lag in their libido just above the 30 per cent for men. Day to day responsibilities of life such as daily stress and pressure, fatigue, illness, finance, work and even the kids begin to outweigh the importance of sex, not to mention leave us without the oomph for intimacy with our partners.
Using a natural aphrodisiac supplement can help to increase your sex drive and centre on those other niggly things that seem to get in the way such as stress. A good libido formula will actually focus on many of the contributing factors of a low libido such as mental alertness, circulation, energy, stress and fatigue and sexual function. Specifically selected ingredients made up of herbs such as damiana, tribulus terrestris and horny goat weed assist the libido and extracts of ginseng, zinc, ginko and guarana help to combat stress, circulation, energy and fatigue.
In addition to a natural libido supplement there are some everyday foods that can also help increase your libido and they are available at your local supermarket, in fact you may find them in your meal tonight. These are everyday foods such as asparagus, oysters, bananas, chilli, ginger, honey and even chocolate.
For the main: Oysters and some other shell fish are said to have a chemical compound (testosterone and estrogen) that relaxes the sexual hormones. A fresh bunch of asparagus is a good source of fiber, potassium, folic acid and vitamins A,B & C believed to help boost histamine production necessary for climax. Chilli contains the chemical capsaicin which aids in the bodies release of sexual high inducing, happy endorphins and ginger increases the blood circulation.
And for dessert: Chocolate is an energy rich food that stimulates the secretion of endorphins that help to regulate the production and growth of sexual hormones. Bananas can help men to produce testosterone and help to sustain sexual stamina while honey contains boron which helps the women produce oestrogen, the female sex hormone.
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There are also suggested aphrodisiac aromas such as vanilla, rose and musk – keeping in mind different people have a liking to different scents. Might be an idea to ensure your partner doesn’t have a dislike to the aroma of your choosing before you disperse it throughout the home!
Overall, it is important to ensure you keep a well nourished, active body which will project many benefits – good health, a full life and of course promote a healthy libido. Diet and exercise are key to general wellbeing and are a great ingredient to complete the perfect recipe for a life, work and love balance!