Herbal aphrodisiacs are as varied and numerous as the plants themselves. Some herbs, like Yohimbe, give the body an immediate “boost” of libido and work directly on the reproductive system. Other herbs are more nutritive; they work on a long-term basis to rejuvenate the reproductive system and the adrenals to build lasting energy and stamina. There are so many herbs that classify as aphrodisiacs, we can’t cover them all in one article! So this will be the first installment.
In our society, most cases of low libido are linked to stress, anxiety, and general depletion. Therefore, the best herbs for boosting libido are herbs that soothe, moisturize, and replenish the nervous system and the reproductive tissues at a deep level.
Arjuna is an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine that specifically cares for and strengthens the heart. Its botanical name is Terminalia arjuna, and it is a beautiful, green-leafed tree that grows in parts of India and Bangladesh. The bark of the tree is harvested and used for its rejuvenating, vibrant medicinal effects. Read more…
Zinc is an essential nutrient involved in proper immune function and healing. It is a highly recommended supplement as many are deficient in this mineral. The well-known zinc lozenge is helpful, especially when fighting off a cold or sore throat, but a food-based zinc supplement is a good choice for everyday, or during periods of stress and exposure.
Dried and Fresh Mushrooms in the Heart of Winter
by Jared Urchek, L.Ac, CZB
It can be easy to assume that Winter is just a time where everything is in hibernation. The sap has sunk into the deep roots of the trees – nothing looks as if it is growing, and nothing seems to be alive out in the woods with the barren trees and the brown landscape. This is somewhat true, and it affords us a beautiful opportunity to tuck in, to hibernate a bit ourselves. It also gives us time to process our dried medicine we gathered from the year past, and contemplate our next year ahead. However, don’t forget that Nature is still alive and thriving in the Winter. One warm day, or a string of nice weather mixed with rains can bring out small and delicious surprises in a Winter nature walk.
Chaste Tree berries come from the beautiful, purple-flowering tree known as Vitex agnus-castus. Vitex’s use as an herbal medicine dates back to the ancient Greeks and beyond; it was one of Hippocrates’ favorite herbs. Its common name is Chaste Tree, so named because it was believed to have the ability to preserve chastity and decrease sexual desire. If you’re looking for an anti-aphrodisiac, however, Chaste Tree won’t do the trick. Vitex berries have a sweet, spicy, peppery, warming taste and have often been used to make an aromatic herbal wine. Read more…