Aphrodisiac herbsAn aphrodisiac is a herb or other substance that increases sexual desire. The name comes from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Throughout history, many herbs have had a reputation for making sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. Some aphrodisiacs directly increase sexual arousal by stimulating the genitals, where others provide for an increased amount of sex hormones (particularly testosterone).
Non-aphrodisiacsSome psychoactive substances such as alcohol, cannabis, GHB, and MDMA can increase libido and sexual desire. However these drugs are not aphrodisiacs in the strict sense of the definition, as they do not consistently produce aphrodisiac effects as their main action and often actually impair function.
Butea superba (red kwao krua)
50 grams powder
Butea superba, locally known as Red Kwao Krua, is a herb native to Thailand that is used for its effects on sexual vigor. It improves the blood flow for a stronger and lengthier erection. There are no known side effect, making it a save alternative for commercial libido pills.
Erythroxylum catuaba (catuaba)
50 grams bark
Erythroxylum catuaba bark is used to prepare catuaba, an infusion used as an aphrodisiac. Erythroxylum catuaba is native to Brazil and related to the coca-plant. It stimulates sexual drive and increases libido in both men and women.
Ilex paraguariensis (yerba maté)
100 grams powdered
Ilex paraguariensis (yerba maté) is a small plant native to South America that contains caffeine and other xanthines. It has a long traditional use among the native Guarani as a stimulant. The leaves are often drunk as a tea.
Lepidium meyenii (maca)
50 grams powdered root
Lepidium meyenii, or maca, is a plant native to the high Andes of Peru. It is known for it's extremely nutritious roots, that are used as a root vegetable and as an aphrodisiac. Maca has positive effects on male potency.
Mucuna pruriens (velvet bean)
100 grams whole beans
Mucuna pruriens, also known as velvet bean, has a long history of traditional use in Brazil and India as an aphrodisiac. It also has reported with anabolic and growth hormone stimulant properties. The anabolic effect of the seed is due to its ability to increase testosterone.
Ptychopetalum olacoides (muira puama)
50 grams shredded root bark
Ptychopetalum olacoides, better known as muira puama (potency wood), is a shrub native to Brazil. Its root bark is commonly used to increase potency and works as a natural sexual stimulant.
Turnera diffusa (damiana)
50 grams shredded leaves
A Spanish missionary first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the damiana leaves and drank it for its purported power to enhance love making. Many Indian tribes throughout South and Central America used damiana in their ceremonies.
Tynanthus panurensis (clavo huasca)
50 grams powder
Tynnanthus panurensis, clavo huasca, or clove vine is traditionally used as an aphrodisiac. Clavo huasca is also used in various ayahuasca recipes to help settle the stomach.
Voacanga africana is a small tropical tree with yellow or white flowers. The bark and seeds of the tree contain iboga alkaloids and are used in Ghana as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, and ceremonial psychedelic.