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Herbs for Low Libido in Women

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author image Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell
Karen Hellesvig-Gaskell is a broadcast journalist who began writing professionally in 1980. Her writing focuses on parenting and health, and has appeared in “Spirituality & Health Magazine" and “Essential Wellness.” Hellesvig-Gaskell has worked with autistic children at the Fraser School in Minneapolis and as a child care assistant for toddlers and preschoolers at the International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie.
Herbs for Low Libido in Women
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A woman's sexual desire may ebb and flow throughout her lifetime. Hormone fluctuation during menstruation, pregnancy and menopause can have a significant impact on the state of a woman's libido. According to the Mayo Clinic, sexual interest may also be affected by certain medications, illnesses and stressful life situations. There are a number of herbs that may help a woman who feels she needs a little pick-me-up to reignite her desire for sexual intimacy.

Damiana Leaf

Damiana leaf (turneria aphrodisiaca) may enhance sensitivity in the clitoris and stimulate sexual desire and pleasure, according to HerbalSupplementsGuide.com. Damiana leaf may also help treat vaginal dryness, relax the body and calm the mind.

Black Cohosh

Black cohosh is purported to contain compounds that imitate the effects of the female hormone, estrogen, and may help remedy a number of menopausal and premenstrual symptoms. It may improve mood and energy levels, and help alleviate vaginal dryness.

Dong Quai

Dong quai is touted as an essential herb for women that may help to balance fluctuating hormones during menopause, which can lead to a low libido. It may help diminish hot flashes, relieve vaginal dryness and improve blood circulation to the female sex organs.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is often regarded a natural sex herb because it may promote blood flood and oxygenation throughout the body. This herb is also advertised as having the ability to increase moisture retention in the inner layers of the skin. Ginkgo biloba may also help reverse vaginal dryness.

Horny Goat Weed

Horny goat weed may help both the physiological and psychological causes of a low libido. This herb may increase blood flow into the sex organs by aiding in the production of nitric oxide, which expands the blood vessels so they are better able to fill with blood. Horny goat weed may also diminish stress and anxiety, which often contribute to a low sex drive.

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