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Eight Natural Ways to Boost Your Libido


Between 40 percent and 50 percent of U.S. women -- and 20 percent to 25 percent of U.S. men -- have a low sex drive. This condition is perhaps so common because it is caused by factors that many people experience at some point in their lives, including:

Sometimes increasing your libido can be as simple as setting aside time to be intimate.

  • Stress

  • Anxiety and/or depression

  • Low self-esteem or poor body image

  • Lack of connection with your partner

  • Unresolved conflicts or poor communication with your partner

  • History of physical or sexual abuse

  • Menopause, pregnancy and breastfeeding

  • Fatigue

  • Physical problems (sexual or medical)

  • Infidelity

In fact, in order to have a healthy sex drive, numerous aspects of your personal and interpersonal well-being must all come together, and this is not always easy to accomplish. Ideally, couples whose sex life is fulfilling:

  1. Feel good about themselves physically and mentally

  2. Have a strong relationship

  3. Communicate with each other about their sexual needs and preferences

If you do not fall into this group and your libido could use a boost, resorting to prescription drugs like Viagra is far from your only (or safest) option. The following natural methods can help to restore your sex drive by addressing the underlying reasons why it's not what it used to be, which is something that medications completely overlook.

1. Exercise. Aerobic and strength-training exercise will increase your stamina, boost your body image, and improve your mood -- all of which are essential for a healthy sex drive.

2. Use stress management tools. Whether it's meditation, yoga, listening to music or talking it out with a friend, make sure you have a tool to effectively relieve your stress.

3. Consider dietary supplements. Ginko biloba is said to improve blood flow to your brain and sexual organs. Choline and vitamin B5, meanwhile, help to enhance levels of acetlycholine (ACH), a neurotransmitter that sends sexual impulses from your brain to your sexual organs.

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4. Use the right scents. Certain scents overwhelmingly appeal to men and women when it comes to the romance department (be sure to only use natural fragrances made of pure essential oils -- not synthetic fragrances or air fresheners). The top romantic scents are:

  • Cinnamon

  • Vanilla

  • Black licorice

  • Banana nut bread

  • Lavender

  • Ylang Ylang

  • Oranges

  • Jasmine

5. Give or receive a massage. It's a great way to get sexually aroused, particularly if you're feeling stressed.

6. Add some spice to your sex life. Communicate with your partner about your fantasies, or try a different sexual position, sex toy or location.

7. Support your relationship. Because sex drive is often tied to emotional needs, rekindling the romance in your relationship will inevitably set the mood for love.

Communicating with your partner about your emotional and physical needs is an essential part of a healthy sex life.

8. Eat right. Certain foods are known to enhance or dampen sex drive. For instance, while high-carb meals like pasta will likely put you to sleep, the following foods may bolster your libido:

  • Almonds

  • Avocados

  • Celery

  • Chili peppers

  • Chocolate

  • Oysters

  • Figs

  • Nutmeg

Recommended Reading

The Intimate Lives of the Post-Reproductives: New Research Provides an Interesting Inside Peek

The Top 5 Things Couples Argue About

Sources February 16, 2008

Psychology Today

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