Women searching for a lift to their libido may want to try herbs as an aphrodisiac.
Herbs work on the female hormones to bring it into balance while other herbs work directly on the sexual organs to stimulate and heighten sensation.
It's important to know that a woman's hormones need to be balanced for her to get 'in the mood.'
Unbalanced hormones lead to a host of uncomfortable sensations and cause both physical and emotional changes in the body.
These include PMS symptoms such as bloating, cramping, headaches and fatigue along with emotional issues such as irritability, anger, depression and weepiness.
A woman experiencing peri-menopause may have other issues as well, such as hot flashes, night sweats, facial hair and heavy periods.
These symptoms can affect a woman for two weeks of the month - the week prior to her period and the week when she has her period.
If she's not feeling good during these two weeks, she will be less interested in love making.
The more stress a woman experiences also has an effect on whether her monthly cycle and her hormonal balance.
Taking herbs can not only bring hormones into balance but often reduce the effects of stress in many cases.
Some herbs may take a month or longer to bring a woman's hormones back into balance. Once the hormones are balanced, however, it may be all that is needed for a woman to get sexually stimulated.
Other herbs work more directly on the sexual organs but these also need to be taken in advance to tune up and prepare the body.
There are 12 herbs that a woman can consider taking to heighten her libido.
These herbs are; Chinese ginseng, Cordyceps, Rehmannia, Epimedium (also known as Horny Goat's Weed), Reishi, Gingko Biloba, Catuaba, Suma, Muira puama, Damiana, Maca and Yohimbine.
Two of these, Cordyceps and Reishi, are actually mushrooms which have herbal qualities.
Some herbs, like Yohimbine, are controversial and need to be taken with the consent of a doctor or a properly trained natural health care practitioner. Herbs like Yohimbine have many side effects and are also affected by the consumption of beverages such as caffeine or alcohol.
Aphrodisiacs like Epimedium shouldn't be taken on its own and should also be taken with caution as it can affect sleep patterns or a woman's hormones if she is experiencing symptoms like hot flashes.
Herbal aphrodisiacs may also have contraindications for people who are taking prescription drugs or are on monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), as there could be a number of unpleasant side effects.
Some herbs like suma and maca are adaptogens, which means they are effective at helping the body combat stress as well as being aphrodisiacs.
While these herbs are good choices for some people, they may not be for others.
Knowing which herbal aphrodisiacs to take can make all the difference for a healthy, hormonally balanced body.