Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Well, that depends on your definition of 'real'...
Now I'm not trying to be cheeky (at least for the moment), I'm actually being realistic. Let's take aloe as an example. I think it's pretty well accepted that aloe has healing properties. Many of us use it for sunburned skin, cuts, etc. and arguably it works well. Interestingly, most research only "suggests" that aloe has the properties attributed to it and hard science is lacking. Does this change your mind that aloe is a great healing gift of nature? Of course not. So keep this in mind as you read on about the following supplements used to increase libido.
Aphrodisiacs & Herbology
One of the more commonly recognized aphrodisiacs, Panax ginseng (Asian ginseng), has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. Panax ginseng acts by increasing nitric oxide, that promotes blood flow to the genitals resulting in better lubrication for women, improved erectile function in men, and potentially increased sensation for both. Reported side effects include insomnia, headache, and menstrual changes.
Maca, the Peruvian ginseng, has been shown in a few studies to improve female sexual dysfunction, especially for women taking SSRI antidepressants. It is generally considered safe although breastfeeding women should consult with their doctor since it is a phytoestrogen (plant that may have some estrogen-like effects).
Allium tuberosum & horny goat leaf
Allium tuberosum and horny goat leaf have been shown to increase sexual arousal in male rats (potentially can apply the data to men who are rats???), and allium tuberosum has additive effects when used with maca.
All of nature's aphrodisiacs and more can be found in GLISSANT'S CBD & CBG Huile d'Amour intimate lubricant.
*A very special thanks to my good friend and fellow Girl Scout mom for this great blog idea (you know who you are)
Dr. Karyn Eilber MD is a physician in Beverly Hills with over 20 years of experience in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.