A healthy sex life is a natural way to beat stress and connect with your partner on a deeper level. Ayurvedic texts dating back thousands of years include many herbal aphrodisiacs, some of which you can find right in your pantry.
Here is a list of seven Ayurvedic aphrodisiacs that can boost your libido and your sexual potency.
Yes, an unlikely ingredient to feature in a list of natural aphrodisiacs. While most of us may not be fans of garlic on our breath, this food is known to contain a substance called allicin. What allicin does is that it boosts blood flow to the sexual organs for better stamina and performance – it literally turns you on.
High among the Himalayas, the rocks ooze this tar-like mineral compound in the warmer summer months. Also known as mineral pitch, asphaltum or mumiyo, this miracle resin has been the go-to as Ayurvedic treatment for sexual problems for centuries.
One of the best Ayurvedic treatises of ancient India, the Charaka Samhita
, states that amla
or Indian gooseberry is the best herb to keep ageing at bay. For best benefits, take the fresh amla available during the months of October to February. Extract the juice of 2-3 fruits and mix with a spoonful of honey. Drink this mixture twice a day.
This aromatic herb is well-known for its stress-reducing properties. Jatamansi or spikenard is a natural sedative and antidepressant which works wonderfully well for neurosis sexual neurasthenia. Use this Ayurvedic aphrodisiac by mixing ë_ teaspoon of the powder with honey. Consume this at bedtime. Another way to consume this herb is by preparing an infusion by soaking the herb for 4-5 hours.
With a reputation for being a romantic spice, cardamom is the remedy for low libido. This spice is known to be chock-full of a substance called cineole, which causes a surge in blood flow. Cardamom is known to balance the three doshas and increase desire. You can easily add this spice to your cup of chai for added energy.
Jaiphal or nutmeg is a warming spice that also warms the loins and stimulates the nervous system. It works like a tranquilizer to prevent premature ejaculation. It has a carminative effect so it can be taken with other herbs to enhance their effect. Consume ë_-1 gram of nutmeg with a half-boiled egg and some honey for an effective sex tonic. Increase virility by chewing some nutmeg with betel leaves.
Saffron or kesar is a spice that is just what the (Ayurvedic) doctor ordered for spicing things up. It has long since been prized as a spice that enhances libido. Take a pinch of saffron and mix into a glass of warm milk. Consume this sexual stimulant at bedtime.
Reference: Hari Datt Sharma, Better Sex the Herbal Way (Pustak Mahal, 2005)