10 Best Herbs for Boosting Female Sex Drive

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

A man and a woman lying in bed. Herbs like ashwagandha root, maca root, and muira puama help support the female sex drive.

Maybe you haven’t felt the urge in a while. Perhaps it just hasn’t felt as good as it used to. It could be stress, or it could be something more. When it comes to boosting your sex drive, the topic may seem a bit taboo to discuss. Regardless, a healthy sex life is important for reducing stress, building a healthy relationship with your partner, and improving overall wellbeing. Diet and exercise offer the best solutions for stimulating sexual desire; yet, a number of herbal tools may also provide support. When you need a little boost, turn to these 10 herbs for help.

1. Ashwaganda Root

The Kama Sutra identifies ashwagandha as a potent igniter of passion and desire. While that benefit may get your immediate attention, its popularity with women has more to do with the way it stimulates libido and increases satisfaction. The herb may increase blood flow to the clitoris and other female sexual organs, creating an intense sexual experience.

2. Maca root

This has been the go-to herb for women living in the Andes for centuries. Maca’s high iodine content supports a woman’s hormone balance and its  high zinc levels, an essential mineral for sex hormones, does more than fan the flames of desire. Women who took maca root in one study reported improved sexual experiences and satisfaction. [1]

3. Muira Puama

Women who use muira puama report a surge in libido, desire, sexual enjoyment and intensified orgasms. [2] Its positive effect on both pre- and post-menopausal sexual experience supports its overall benefits for female sexual and reproductive health. It probably comes as no surprise this herb is often called “potency wood.”

4. Dark Chocolate

This one doesn’t make the list by accident. Although not technically an herb, dark chocolate containing 70% cocoa may help increase dopamine levels in the brain. A rise in the brain’s “pleasure chemical” dopamine lifts the mood, relaxes, and improves the body’s response to stimulation.

5. Avena sativa

Generations of women stand by oats (Avena sativa) for its aphrodisiac and libido-stimulating qualities. Tradition holds it increases vaginal stimulation and advances the physical and emotional desires for sex. Scientists trying to understand how it works believe it frees bound testosterone, providing the body with the hormones needed for sexual stimulation.

6. Catuaba

The Tupi tribe of Brazil praises catuaba for its potent aphrodisiac qualities. Its active compound yohimbine energizes and stimulates libido and desire. Research has determined it increases dopamine levels in the brain, resulting in greater sensitivity to erogenous stimulation. Regular use is known to create erotic dreams and heighten sexual satisfaction and orgasm intensity. [3]

7. Damiana

Turnera diffusa, better known as damiana, grows natively in the American Southwest, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America. Many consider its leaf a highly-prized libido enhancer. Flavonoids, phenolics, glycosides, terpenoids, and even caffeine all contribute to reduced feelings of stress and increased blood flow, particularly to the pelvic area where increased sensitivity leads to heightened stimulation. [4]

8. Suma root

Sometimes called Brazilian Ginseng, this herb is extremely popular with the native population in South America for the way it aids female hormonal balance and excites libido. Science has confirmed suma root increases levels of estradiol-17beta, the primary estrogen hormone during a woman’s reproductive years. [5] Women who use this herb report more intense sexual experiences and greater satisfaction.

9. Tribulus terrestris

Studies of women who use this herb report greater desire, increased arousal, lubrication, more intense orgasms, and satisfaction. [6] Tribulus stimulates androgen receptors in the brain making the body much more responsive to testosterone and other sex hormones. It also helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

10. Tongkat Ali

Called the greatest natural aphrodisiac by Dr. Oz, Tongkat ali extract has been used by women to arouse desire and increase erogenous sensitivity. It’s traditionally given to women suffering from low libido, as it also supports positive responses to stress and stimulates memory and overall brain function. By normalizing hormone levels with a gentle increase of testosterone, women also experience increased metabolism and an easier time losing and maintaining weight. [7]

What Are You Waiting For?

Don’t let stress drive away desire, and certainly don’t believe the desire for sex should fade with age. Maintaining balanced hormone levels promotes overall health, not to mention a healthy libido. So if the flames of passion seem more like cinders these days, it may be time to consider additional tools for kindling your inner fire.

If you like the sound of any of the herbs above, there’s no need to limit yourself to one at a time as they blend well and complement each other’s properties. For the maximum libido-stimulating effect, you may be interested in trying Female Fuzion®, a blend of ashwagandha, maca, tongkat ali, wildcrafted suma, tribulus terrestris, avena sativa, muira puama, and other herbs designed to regulate hormone balance to support female vitality.

Have you tried one or more of these herbs for your sex drive? Share your experiences below! Let’s keep it G-rated, ladies!

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References:

  1. Dording CM1, Fisher L, Papakostas G, Farabaugh A, Sonawalla S, Fava M, Mischoulon D. A double-blind, randomized, pilot dose-finding study of maca root (L. meyenii) for the management of SSRI-induced sexual dysfunction. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2008 Fall;14(3):182-91. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-5949.2008.00052.x.
  2. Waynberg J1, Brewer S. Effects of Herbal vX on libido and sexual activity in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Adv Ther. 2000 Sep-Oct;17(5):255-62.
  3. Oliveira CH1, Moraes ME, Moraes MO, Bezerra FA, Abib E, De Nucci G. Clinical toxicology study of an herbal medicinal extract of Paullinia cupana, Trichilia catigua, Ptychopetalum olacoides and Zingiber officinale (Catuama) in healthy volunteers. Phytother Res. 2005 Jan;19(1):54-7.
  4. Szewczyk K1, Zidorn C2. Ethnobotany, phytochemistry, and bioactivity of the genus Turnera (Passifloraceae) with a focus on damiana–Turnera diffusa. J Ethnopharmacol. 2014 Mar 28;152(3):424-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jep.2014.01.019.
  5. Oshima M1, Gu Y. Pfaffia paniculata-induced changes in plasma estradiol-17beta, progesterone and testosterone levels in mice. J Reprod Dev. 2003 Apr;49(2):175-80.
  6. Akhtari E, Raisi F, Keshavarz M, Hosseini H, Sohrabvand F, Bioos S, Kamalinejad M, Ghobadi A. Tribulus terrestris for treatment of sexual dysfunction in women: randomized double-blind placebo – controlled study. Daru. 2014 Apr 28;22(1):40.
  7. Henkel RR1, Wang R, Bassett SH, Chen T, Liu N, Zhu Y, Tambi MI. Tongkat Ali as a potential herbal supplement for physically active male and female seniors–a pilot study. Phytother Res. 2014 Apr;28(4):544-50. doi: 10.1002/ptr.5017.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Sugar magnolia

    If you could choose only one what would it be? I was thinking either maca or muira puama.

  • Hard to say. Why would you only choose one?

  • Sugarmagnolia

    Is there a combo you would suggest?
    I like the article about Muira puama and brain health, too.

  • Sugarmagnolia

    And could you suggest something that works for both female and male. So we could share just one supplement.

  • Maybe Tribulus and tongkat, but that’s splitting hairs. A lot of these are beneficial for both men and women and have been included in the formulas for both Androtrex and Female Fuzion.

  • nancy jo

    Thank you Dr. Group for this excellent webinar. It was full of very valuable information. I so appreciate your time and expertise! Nancy

  • Jamie

    I was considering the same combo. I have ADD, Anxiety and Depression so the Tribulus sounds helpful but I like the metabolism benefits of the Tongkat. Of course the libido help from both would be nice as well. I would not mind one with memory or concentration help for the ADD too! Do any of these have contradictions to other meds we should be concerned about? I take Atenolol to slow my heart rate and lower my BP.

  • It’s always tough to say when you’re talking about prescription meds, those come with a phonebook’s worth of warnings and contraindications. We have combined several of these helpful herbs though into one formula called Female Fuzion so as to combine their benefits.

  • blankslate

    In researching for a friend’s daughter I found this website. She is taking Prestiq and Adderall and has been complaining of low/no sex drive. She asked my help because I work with essential oils but I don’t know what to tell her due to her prescriptions. What would be your suggestions?

  • Tootsie

    has anyone logged that they successfully replaced their medicinal anxiety/depression drug with natural
    medicinal herbs?

  • Holycow

    Fenugreek is missing hornygoat weed and beetroot

  • Holycow

    Aswaganda helps in the mind but herbs cannot help if no exercise is done.

  • Holycow

    Most good supplements for men are gonna work for women also and vice versa.just make beetroot and watermelon juice pure and add a trusted enhancement supplement wiht a dash of real wild honey himalaya salt to the mix and u good to go. Yoga,gym,jog here and there and libido will be high

  • Amber Demott

    My cousin was able to get off her depression medication by taking ClearMood. It is through Advocare. If you are interested in learning more please email me: ademott.advocare@gmail.com. Everyone reacts to herbs and medicines differently and you would absolutely need to take the ingredients to your doctor for overview. Natural remedies in my opinion are the best alternative if they work for you!


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