This is a bit of a challenging category because so often this term gets misused. Some think that this is a term for herbs that will then make one want to jump into bed with the nearest partner. Really herbs in this category tend to bring relaxation, greater blood circulation, feelings of pleasure and stimulation. But aphrodisiac herbs can never replace the importance of intimacy, foreplay, greater presence and the heart to heart connection that underlies really good lovemaking.
They can also not repair underlying issues that are sometimes at the core of libido issues. These often include depletion, exhaustion, overwork, trauma, intimacy issues and underlying issues between partners.
That being said, there are a number of herbs that can be made into beverages that will stimulate desire. Here are a few of them.
Adaptogenic aphrodisiacs: American ginseng, Ashwaghanda, ginseng, rhodiola, schisandra, shatavari
Relaxant aphrodisiacs: Kava, passionflower
Stimulating aphrodisiacs: Cacao, coffee, damiana, ephedra, horny goat weed, kola nut, maca, muira puama, munica, sarsparilla,
Warming aromatic aphrodisiacs: Cayenne, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger
Nutritional aphrodisiacs: Burdock, dandelion root
Floral uplifting aromatic aphrodisiacs: jasmine, lavender, rose, vanilla
Here are some sample recipes:
Calm and Potent
1 tbsp Ashwaghanda
1 tbsp Burdock
1 tbsp American Ginseng
1 tbsp Muira puama
1 tsp ginger
Add ingredients to quart of water and bring to a boil and then simmer for 40 minutes. At the end you will have less than a pint of tea that you can drink over the course of the day. This is a beverage for long term improvement of sexual vitality.
1 tbsp ginseng
1 tbsp rhodiola
1 tbsp ashwaghanda
1 tbsp schisandra
1 tsp ginger
Add ingredients to quart of water and bring to a boil and then simmer for 40 minutes. At the end you will have less than a pint of tea that you can drink over the course of the day. This is a beverage for those who tend to be older, cooler and more damp and heavy. This is quite stimulating for many so avoid with people who are nervous, run hot and wired.
Relax and Join
1 tsp Rose petal
1 tsp Mint
1 tsp Jasmine flower
Add to one cup of hot water and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and drink. This is best for those who need gentle relaxation to get in the mood.
Get in the Mood
1 tbsp cacao
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of cardamom
1 cup of milk
1-2 tbsp honey
Warm milk on stove. Stir in ingredients. Share a cup with a lover. Because this beverage is more stimulating and contains stimulants, it is for short term and not long term use.