by Sheila Wray Gregoire
Are there natural products, like supplements and essential oils, that can help improve your sex life?
I get asked this all the time. Now, I’m not a big supplement person. But as I’ve been nearing menopause, I’ve realized that I need SOMETHING, and I don’t want to take hormones. And as I’ve been researching it, I’ve learned that there are a lot of supplements that apparently can affect libido, energy, and mood, too.
Sometimes your libido is just always in the toilet. Or you never feel energetic. Or you’re always bloated.
And who wants to have sex when they always feel bloated?
Then, of course, there are times that you just are so crampy and PMS-y that you don’t want anyone to touch you. And who wants to live like that?
There are natural products that can help with that. So today, for Top 10 Tuesday, I’d like to share with you six ingredients (which can all be found in one awesome supplement), plus some essential oils, that can make us feel so much more like a woman.
(I can feel the Shania Twain song coming on–Man, I feel like a woman! Don’t we all want that?!)
Of course, I’m not a doctor, and if you have specific health concerns you should check with your physician. But in November I met Jason, whose family manufactures EstroGem, which has been called the #1 libido enhancer for women. He asked me to try it for a few months and then write a post on it. So I’m happy to share what I’ve learned from that (and I thank Jason for sponsoring this post–and for sending me the supplements which I have been taking!)
When I looked at the ingredients of EstroGem, which is all natural and vegan and gluten-free, too, I found some that I’d been hearing so much about already, and even some I was already taking (so I stopped doing that and took it all in one supplement instead!). Here are the active ingredients which are really helpful:
6 Supplements to Help Women’s Sexual Health
Maca kind of looks like a turnip. But it’s considered the world’s next big superfood! It’s super high in antioxidants, but the reason it’s taking off like crazy is because it can balance estrogen levels, enhance energy, mood, and memory, and best of all help overall female sexual health. One study done with maca root on women in menopause who were on antidepressants (now that’s a recipe for a low libido!) found that maca root significantly helped libido.
Damiana is a wild shrub growing in Mexico that has for centuries been used to boost libido. (I guess those living near it found that women were more in the mood when they took this tea!). It seems to work by relieving anxiety and boosting mood as well. I used to drink a damiana tea, and I’m excited to find this again.
Okay, I am such a huge fan of black cohosh. When I started getting hot flashes almost constantly last spring I started taking this, and it helped significantly. I forgot it when I went on vacation to Ireland, and boy did I notice! But black cohosh doesn’t just help with menopause; it’s also great for calming PMS and menstrual pain.
Here’s another herb that boosts libido! It’s the bark in the tree that is used, and it’s been known to help with male sexual dysfunction, too. It also helps with nervousness and agitation.
Suma Root Powder
Suma root, from a plant in Brazil, is another one that targets certain hormones and helps with hormonal balance. It’s been known to help the body produce progesterone and estrogen. It’s best known for helping impotent men get over their issues, but it’s also been known to help with female fertility. With all of the toxins that can interfere with hormonal production, suma root counteracts that and helps balance the body. It’s also got some other great effects, such as helping with inflammation and even with black circles under the eyes!
Ashwaghandha Root Powder
Here’s a really interesting herb that’s known for its ability to energize and calm at the same time! If that sounds weird, here’s how it acts: stress can cause fatigue, which weighs the body down. This helps deal with the fatigue, giving you a boost. But as your body regulates, you’ll find that it actually helps you feel calm and less nervous. It’s also revered for its ability to help regulate the reproductive system.
EstroGem takes all of these ingredients and puts them in ONE supplement, so you don’t have to buy multiple products. It’s the only one I’ve found that combines all of these herbs and roots into one product. You just take two pills a day! It’s been Health Canada approved, and I’ve found that a lot of my weird hormonal fluctuations, like hot flashes, have greatly diminished, and my bloating is stopping, too. My daughter is now going to start taking them because she gets horrible cramps and acne outbreaks due to hormones as well (but I won’t tell you which daughter because that’s TMI!).
EstroGem is quite an affordable supplement, too. It comes in several pricing tiers:
- 1 bottle – 39.95
- 2 bottles – 69.95 + free shipping
- 3 bottles – 89.95 + free shipping
And use the coupon Sheila20 to get 20% off all orders!
Now, I want to round out our Top 10 Tuesday post with four essential oils that can also help you with libido!
Plus they smell amazing.
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Clary sage can promote feelings of relaxation and help you sleep better at night. It is also posited that Clary Sage may help prevent infections–including UTIs. However, one of clary sage oil’s most well-known properties is its ability to stimilate sexual desire through affecting hormone levels and increasing testosterone in the body.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
Ylang ylang has been used for ages as an antidepressant. It has been posited that this oil’s calming properties combined with its ability to lift one’s mood may help people dealing with acute stress or depression.These same properties have also been shown to help lower blood pressure, which can be beneficial to those in high-stress jobs or who struggle with hypertension.
As well, ylang ylang has been shown to help couples regain their sex drive after burnout, depression, or acute stress have reduced their libido.
Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine essential oil has long been considered a romantic scent, and in some areas of India it is even used in wedding preparation and in the bridal suites of newlyweds! Its ability to make one feel “in love” can help boost your libido.
As well, jasmine oil has proved beneficial to women with painful or irregular menstruation. It can help your cycles become more regular and less painful, as well as dealing with finnicky PMS symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, and nausea.
Cinnamon Essential Oil
Cinnamon essential oil can help boost all-around health. It helps to treat infections, prevents heart disease, cures bad breath, relieves pain through its anti-inflammatory properties, and may even help people lose weight. It is commonly considered an effective aphrodisiac for both men and women, as well.
I guess what I’ve learned in the last few years is that if I’m feeling subpar or struggling with symptoms that I don’t like–I don’t need to stand for it. I always assumed there was nothing that could be done, but when I started with Black Cohosh, my world changed. And now that I’ve added the other ingredients, too, I do feel so much better. And the oils? Well, they just help me feel luxurious!
Again, for big health issues, always check with your doctor, and never take things that affect hormones when you’re pregnant. But if you want to just try something to see if it makes a difference, Estrogem is a great place to start because it contains all of these awesome ingredients, all in one!