Valentine’s Day often arrives with a desire to not only dive into a romantic evening with our partner, but to also examine where we stand in terms of romance itself. Are we satisfied with the level of intimacy in our lives? Could our libido benefit from a surge of energy? And how vital and self-confident do we feel, in general?
While there are a number of wise choices you can make to bolster your health, sensuality, and happiness—a sound eating plan, consistent exercise, smart skincare, restful sleep—you might also profit from adding a few key herbal supplements to your diet.
Why? Herbal supplements have the potential to organically support a wide range of brain and body functions—including a stronger, more vibrant libido.
So, rather than turning to oysters and champagne this season, consider one of these natural aphrodisiacs instead:
The botanical name of this Latin American herb, Turnera aphrodosiaca, makes no bones about its potential influence on your sexuality. Long used by the native people of Mexico, the herb can organically heighten sexual energy and pleasure, thanks in part to the presence of alkaloids—which modern research shows improves blood flow to the pelvic region and has stimulating effects similar to caffeine.
What’s more, this small, yellow-flowered shrub potentially eases anxiety—one of the biggest libido killers out there. Spice up your Valentine’s Day by brewing a lusty and nourishing tea with Damiana, lemon balm, oat straw, and chamomile.
This potent Andean herb—which is frequently referred to as Peruvian ginseng—is a boon for women, particularly those who wish to boost their sex drive.
Rich in vitamins B, C, and E, its excellent levels of zinc, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids work to potentially support your adrenal glands—two incredibly essential glands, located above your kidneys, that impact everything from sleep cycles to sex hormones. Maca can also diminish stress and enhance desire.
3. Muira puama
Often referred to as “potency wood,” Muira puama—an herb extracted from a small South American tree—has been a go-to source for Amazonian healers for centuries.
And for good cause: the herb contains a variety of active compounds that have been shown to heighten women’s overall satisfaction with their sex lives: While more research remains to be done, a 2000 study at the Institute of Sexuality in France reported that 65% of participants who took a combination of Muira puama and ginkgo biloba experienced a greater intensity of sexual desire—and a flat-out better time in the bedroom. Further, Muira puama may increase strength and stamina and decrease stress and depression. Energetic and empowered, you might just have a Valentine’s Day for the records.