Have things not been as hot as you’d like in the bedroom lately? You might be finding yourself saying, “not tonight honey,” more often than you’d like. Stress, exhaustion, and hormonal changes can leave you feeling dull and less than sexy. All these things may be taking a toll on your sex life.
Since a healthy sex life is a stress buster, joy inducer, and a really good way to connect in your relationship, sex isn’t something you want to let go by the wayside. The yogis will say not to overdo sex, but finding a good balance is the key. So, if you’ve been turning your partner down a little more than you’d like, it’s time to turn to some natural spices to turn the heat up.
This warming, slightly sweet spice increases blood flow and body temperature. Cloves also increase energy, relieve stress and anxiety, and ingesting them leaves you sweetly scented. They increase nervous stimulation resulting in arousal, and it improves sexual performance.
Cloves increase testosterone levels which are important for both men and women’s sex drive. In addition, they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, vitamin K, and they contain eugenol, which serves as an antiseptic and mild anesthetic.
The seeds of this plant are commonly found in curries and other Indian cuisines. The spice itself has a warm, intriguing flavor. A study found that there was an increase in sexual desire and arousal by consuming the seed extract. Results also demonstrated that vaginal lubrication and blood flow improved for women.
Fenugreek may also help lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, and lactating women have used the spice for decades to increase milk production. The seeds may serve to enhance cardiovascular health and overall human performance, which is very necessary for the bedroom. Fenugreek seeds are also one of the easiest seeds to sprout, and one of my personal faves.
We love ginger at Solluna. This warming herb comes from the root of the ginger plant, and it imparts a spicy, slightly sweet flavor and scent. Like garlic, ginger increases blood flow, especially to the sexual organs. It also warms you up, increases your energy, and it smells a lot better than garlic.
Many cultures have used ginger as an aphrodisiac, and Dr. Mehmet Oz confirmed it on a recent show when he listed ginger as one of his top 4 libido boosters. Ginger is mentioned in the last chapter of the Kamasutra, India’s handbook on love and sex.
It is also high in potassium, magnesium, and copper. It is a great anti-nausea substance and has anti-inflammatory effects.
This licorice-flavored herb looks a little like celery with lacy fronds at the top. You can chop fennel stalks and add them to foods much like you would celery, or use the fronds to flavor foods. You can also grind the seeds as a spice.
Ancient Egyptians used fennel to boost women’s libido, and it turns out there is a good reason it worked. Fennel has estrogenic effects and can even help relieve menstrual cramps. It is a miracle worker for improving sexual satisfaction for postmenopausal women and decreases menopausal symptoms in women and andropause symptoms in men, it’s a win-win!
Fennel is also used to aid digestion, assist with lactation, and to loosen phlegm in bronchial passages. Okay, I admit I personally think licorice doesn’t taste great to many people, but if you like it it will be great for you to use for your benefit!
While known for being a little expensive, a tiny bit of saffron goes a long way. Large amounts can result in overdose (so don’t take it as a supplement), but a small amount can not only increase sex drive, but also sexual function.
Saffron has antioxidant qualities and supplies selenium, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. It can help out with vaginal lubrication and may act to reduce premenstrual symptoms. Saffron is also a mood booster, so next time you feel tired or “not up to it,” a small amount can leave you feeling brand new. Try making some saffron brown rice as a side dish for your next meal.
You may laugh at garlic on a list of sex-enhancing foods. After all, people on dates often avoid garlic because they don’t want to kill the mood with smelly breath when the evening turns to romance. Regardless of how it makes your breath smell, the high levels of allicin in garlic improves blood flow to your sexual organs, and that’s a turn on.
So what’s more important? There’s always parsley for your breath.
Garlic is also great for your heart, and it has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. For the perfect dish for your next date night, try out Solluna’s quinoa stuffed peppers.
The ancient healing art of Ayurveda recommends cardamom for low libido. This spice contains high levels of cineole, which increases blood flow to the male and female sexual regions.
Cardamom increases energy and relieves fatigue, this can help you when you are feeling exhausted or stressed.Cardamom also balances doshas (Ayurvedic body energies) and has detoxifying properties. Put cardamom in your home-made chai teas with Solluna’s recipe.
Another sweetly scented spice, nutmeg has long been used in Indian culture as a very popular libido booster. In Africa, many people refer to nutmeg as “Viagra for women.” Researchers at the Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India tested nutmeg as an aphrodisiac using animal studies and found that it did, indeed, increase sexual behaviors. It is great sprinkled on top of sweet potatoes.
It only makes sense that hot peppers will cause a little sizzle in the bedroom. Cayenne and similar hot peppers not only heat up the body, but they also speed metabolism and increase blood flow to sensitive areas.
Eating cayenne may also give you an attractive, flushed appearance, which may help heat things up for your partner, as well. Cayenne may also be beneficial to heart health and could help you lose weight by firing up your metabolism.
This sweet herb has a pleasant taste and stimulating scent that is known to increase sex drive. In fact, Italians call Basil “Kiss me Nicholas,” and ancient Greeks served basil to horses before they bred them. Many attribute basil’s sweet scent with its sex-boosting properties, so take a heady whiff and see if it doesn’t get you in the mood!
Enjoy the Results
Now that you have learned more about these natural herbs and spices, you will be able to have a healthier sex life and reduce stress and fatigue. You just have to incorporate them into your diet and enjoy the results.
For more ideas on how to use these spices, we have a variety of recipes that you can try. From smoothies and salads to desserts and snacks, we are sure there are many things you’ll love. You and your partner will thank us!