By: Sima Morrison
Let’s talk about sex. A subject that people are getting more and more comfortable with. Growing up in a conservative family the mention of the word sex was never in a conversation. Fortunately I was able to cut those conservative wirings and feel free to talk, share and educate on the topic of sexuality. Being open and free with sexuality and fluidity of your human form is so important to your overall health. Allowing yourself the gentle freedom to explore physical pleasures and passions is a beautiful part of life. It allows us to destress and connect fully to ourselves and our partners. Sex is actually extremely beneficial to our health, as orgasms activate serotonin. According to research, “a major projection of the dopamine neuron axon terminals is to the nucleus accumbens of the forebrain. This nucleus is activated during orgasm in women, as measured by fMRI” (Komisaruk et al., 2004).
However, environmental pollutants and chemicals, as well as preconceived societal norms and hormone disrupters prevent many of us from exploring what our libidos truly desire. Luckily, there are natural herbal products and activities you can add into your daily practices to enhance your sex drive and bring sensuality back into the bedroom. Do not be afraid to awaken your sexual appetite and presence.
On the exterior, one could mistake it for a jack fruit, however the interior looks like a gooey alien combined with an intensely strong smell of sulfur. Found in Thailand, Durian is known as the “King of Fruits,” as it is tradition for the wife to open this potent fruit for her husband to see, signaling her desire to be intimate, as it is an amazing aphrodisiac. Fun fact: if you open this foul smelling fruit on a train, you can get fined! Besides that, it is rich in vitamins, such as folic acid, B6 and vitamin A and C, and minerals such as zinc, iron, potassium and phosphorus, to name a few. It also contains essential nutrients such as protein and beneficial dietary fats. Check your local ethnic markets or online to find Durian.
This Peruvian root is all the rage in the health scene right now for its hormonally balancing and energy enhancing properties. However, Maca is also fantastic for opening meridians and flows throughout the body and stimulating blood circulation in your reproductive systems. It is also terrific for keeping your stamina in bed! With its earthy taste, it goes great in your daily smoothies or pairs well with raw chocolate (another aphrodisiac). Raw Revelations sells the safest quality gelatinized Maca, meaning that the goitrogens, which mess with thyroid conditions, have been neutralized in the heating process.
Native to Central America, South America, the southwestern US, Mexico, and the Caribbean, this warm-tempered shrub is known for its bright yellow flowers, with its leaves traditionally enjoyed as an infused tea. With its soft, feminine energy, Damiana is the ultimate heart opening herb, essential for lubrication and supporting sexual vitality. Its erotic power is so strong that it also has been reported to intensify female orgasms, reverse impotence and actually have the same effects of viagra, without the harmful side effects. Our favorite online store, Mountain Rose Herbs, sells luscious certified organic Damiana.
Pine Pollen is the sexual fluid of pine trees, making it a potent aphrodisiac and libido booster. Because it contains testosterone and DHEA, it balances the ratio between sex hormones, androgen and estrogen and is extremely helpful in improving endocrine and immune system functions. Not only does it truly enhance sexual appetite, you can eat it right off the spoon, as it tastes THAT delicious. Our sister company Sun Potion sells high quality single origin, high-altitude, cracked cell wall Mason Pine Pollen, collected from Yunnan Province, China.
Deer Antler acts as a sexual tonic that replenishes sexual vitality and anti-aging regeneration. It is also known for increasing sexual strength and fertility. And as a bonus, it is perfectly suitable for both men and women! Dragon Herbs humanely harvests antlers from deers that are farmed in Changbai Mountain, and are certified by the Chinese Ministry of Health to be clean and safe. This is the company we trust the most with our Deer Antler needs.
As ridiculous as the name sounds, Horny Goat Weed was actually named by farmers who noticed goats eating it and getting excited and sexually aroused around the opposite sex. It acts as a natural aphrodisiac, restoring circulation and supporting hormonal balance. It also may increase testosterone and treat erectile dysfunction. And, Planetary Herbals sells high quality Horny Goat Weed.
Kava Kava is a very well known herb, used from juice bars to a variety of relaxing and sedating herbal blends. Relaxants boost your libido and increase sexual satisfaction, as anxiety and stress can really decrease sexual desire and pleasure. It is traditionally made into a kava root infusion drink.
Para Todahave, the original name by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon region, or Suma, as it is commonly known in the western world, is used for a variety of ailments, however, it is also used as an energy and sexual tonic. It is packed with electrolytes and minerals, which increase libido with energy enhancing properties. It is so powerful it could even be used as a sports drink ingredient. AnimaMundi herbs is one of the most respected companies on the herbal market.
This tree is native to Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. The root is used to raise testosterone levels, repair erectile dysfunction and decreased libido, while also possibly treating infertility. Apparently, it is said that Tongkat Ali is the closest nature has ever come to creating the perfect aphrodisiac. Make sure to buy root extract from Indonesia to get the highest quality and best sourced.
Jade eggs are becoming all the rage right now and for good reason. An old Chinese royalty tradition, queens and concubines would use this as their secret weapon to stay in shape for emperors. They are extremely receptive to crystal healing as well. It is also known to increase orgasms, tone vaginal muscles and balance hormonal and female energy. This is great to be used during sexual time with yourself. Goop sells high quality Jade Eggs.
Petal Passion Yoni Serum increases elasticity, tones tissue, and lubricates organs. Daily application of this organic elixir to your vulva area will soothe your love frequencies. It is made with organic infusions of such ingredients as jojoba, rose, ylang ylang, royal sandalwood and more. We love using it for a sensual massage.
Kundalini Yoga embraces sexuality by channeling sexual energy through the spine, where it is used for spiritual development. It is good for moving all of the energies in the body, which creates life through enjoyable sexual relations. Try doing yoga with your partner or even solo positions throughout the day to stimulate sexual desires. It will transcend your body to deep spiritual heights.
Last, but certainly not least, we recommend using Foria Awaken cannabis-infused lube oil to stimulate your sensual delights. It contains THC and other cannabinoids, blended with coconut oil, to truly relax and awaken your body in a natural way. Although it will not boost your libido, it will enhance orgasms and make the sexual experience more powerful.
This page is for educational and informational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians.
Sima Morrison, founder of House of Citrine, is a vibrant soul with a potent zest for life and the beauty in its simple pleasures. As a holistic nutritionist and herbalism student, Sima has made it her life's journey to experience, to empower, and to explore the synergy between the mind and the body, embracing the liberty and power of mindful living. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Science in Public Health Education from California State University Northridge and studied Holistic Nutrition at The Natural Healing Institute.