After menopause, many women are eager to embrace a new lifestyle that includes enhancing or rekindling sexual feelings for their partners. But turning 50 often comes with a list of excuses for avoiding passion and intimacy. Too tired. Too busy. No desire.
If you’re concerned about sex drive, here are three herbs that might help bring your desires out of retirement.
Maca. Used for centuries to enhance sexual energy, Maca has become increasingly popular as a supplement. An annual plant native to Peru, maca offers a safe, natural way to enhance libido. It’s generally considered a safe herb, with no reported side effects.
Muira puama. Nicknamed “potency wood,” Muira puama comes from a small, flowering tree and has been used by generations in South America as an aphrodisiac and tonic for sexual health. The root is powdered and made into supplements, and sometimes paired with other invigorating herbs such as ginkgo biloba.
Damiana. An herb native to Mexico, damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca) has a long history of use as a natural aphrodisiac. Traditionally made into a tea, damiana is an excellent choice for women also interested in general relaxation.
What’s your favorite libido-enhancing strategy? Share it with us in the comments below.
Laurie Steelsmith, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women’s health. She is the co-author of Great Sex, Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine and co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health: How the Secrets of Natural and Chinese Medicine Can Create a Lifetime of Wellness.
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