The Magic Mushrooms Shop's most popular Herbal Aphrodisiacs

The Magic Mushrooms Shop is about more than just  Magic Mushroom Kits, we also carry a wide selection of ethno botanical herbs and seeds for every occasion

Today we are taking a look at three herbs that have known aphrodisiac properties.  We say properties because they have many more benefits,  but the aphrodisiac effect is the most commonly sought after effect for people ordering these products.

An aphrodisiac herb increases libido when consumed, it can make sex more attainable and/or pleasurable. Here are some of our most popular aphrodisiac herbs:  DAMIANA, MACA and SWEET FLAG

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love herbs damiana, Maca and Ginkgo

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Herbal Aphrodisiacs

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I you are looking to rev up your sex life, the following 3 herbs can contribute to adding more spice to your sexy time with your significant other in a natural way.  It is common knowledge that there are many things you can do that can bring intensity to your orgasm, including foreplay, but did you that a simple cup of tea  can also be of great help?

Herbs can reduce tension and increase blood flow to areas that are more erogenous  (great for sex of course :-)).  All of these herbs can be taken in teas, fruit juices, shakes and soups. 

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Damiana

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Damiana Flower Plant

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Damiana or Turnera diffusa is a wild shrub with smooth, pale green oval leaves and aromatic yellow flowers.  It can be found in south Texas, Mexico, Central America and the West Indies.  The leaves and stems of the plant are dried for use. 

It is interesting to note that Damiana has many uses: It is of the the ingredients in a traditional Mexican liqueur (Damiana Liqueur) that is used to make Damiana Margarita in Los Cabos region of Mexico. 

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Damiana as an aphrodisiac

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But the use Damiana has been mostly known for is as an aphrodisiac, a sexual potency booster by the Maya Indians.  It was and it is still used for both male and female sexual stimulation.  

James Duke, Ph.D in his Handbook on Medicinal Herbs (1985) stated: ''Damiana makes every nerve tingle with sexual sensation, whetting the appetite of lustful desire''.    Damiana increases blood flow and sensation to the clitoris and penis and helps bring back the natural sexual desire, especially if you are stressed. 

Damiana is also used to treat headache, bedwetting, depression, nervous stomach, and constipation and as a general tonic to improve wellness.  Consumption of large doses can have a mild laxative effect.

Scredded DamianaPowder Damiana

How to use Damiana

To use damiana you can either make it into a tea or smoke it ( for smoking you will need the shredded Diamana instead of the powdered form, we have both!) 

For an aphrodisiac tea, all you need is to mix 3 teaspoons or 10-15 grams of Damiana (powder or shredded) with 1 liter of boiling water, and let it rest for 15 minutes. You can also mix 1 teaspoon of powder with a glass of fruit juice. Effects take about 45 minutes to kick in and will last for 1-2 hours. 

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Maca

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Maca

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Maca root is revered and grown for its nutritional and health benefits.   It is a root vegetable with a leafy herbaceous top, very similar to the radish or turnip, the main difference being that it only grows in high altitude (2000m to 5000m).  Once it is harvested it is dried.  In Peru it is prepared and consumed in a variety of manners, cooked being the most common. 

The Incas had such reverence for it's amazing powers, that only royalty where allowed to consume it.  The plant is native to the high Andes of Peru.  It is considered one of the ''lost crops of the Andes'' and it is also known as peruvian Ginseng.   It was used as currency by the Incas and it was pivotal in their within their medicinal knowledge. 

There is even a beer made with Maca by the Andean Brewing Company

Maca as an aphrodisiac

Just like Damiana, Maca enhances the sexual experience for both men and and women. 

Because it is loaded with minerals like zinc, iodine, and essential fatty acids, maca may balance sex hormones and improve mood, and we all know that when healthy mood and balanced hormones levels are in the same equation, arousal can be reached much easier.

In a more precise way, in women it  increases libido, energy and the sensation in the area around the clitoris and in men it also increases libido, energy, stamina and endurance while helping with erectile dysfunction. 

In regards to Men fertility, there is some evidence that Maca root increases men's fertility and improve semen quality

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Powdered Maca

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How to use Maca

Maca power can be used in baking recipes, soups, and a variety of drinks like milk, smoothies and juices.  You can also make (chai) tea with either hot or cold water, and much more!   In reality you can add it to pretty much every mean, like your breakfast cereal.  Our favorite is definitely in a smoothie. 

Common dosage is 5-20 grams per day

Here is a resume of some more of the benefits:It's highly nutritious

  1.  Increases LIbido in Men and Women
  2. May increase Fertility in Men
  3. It May Help Relieve Symptoms of Menopause
  4. Maca Can Improve Your Mood
  5. It May Boost Sports Performance and Energy
  6. When Applied to the Skin, Maca May Help Protect It From the Sun
  7. It May Improve Learning and Memory
  8. It May Reduce Prostate Size

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Ginkgo Biloba

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ginkgo biloba plant

Ginkgo biloba is usually called ginkgo or gingko is a tree (ginkgo tree) that is native to China, some say it is the oldest living tree species - the tree can live up to 1,000 years.

It has a variety of uses in traditional chinese medicine and as a source of food.   The leaf is used as a dietary supplement and the nuts are used in traditional Chinese food.

Two components (flavonoids and tepernoids) account for Ginkgo biloba benefits for human health. Flavonoids are antioxidants, and studies have demonstrated that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage. Terpenoids helps blood flow by dilating the blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.

Ginkgo as an Aphrodisiac

In regards to the benefits to male sexuality, a study done with 50 men with erectile impotency revealed that after taking Ginkgo biloba, only 11 remained impotent.  

According to some studies, ginkgo biloba could also help in regards enhancing the psychology of sex.  How?  by easing stress, mild depression and anxiety. It is obvious that if a person is marred by tensions or performance anxiety while having sex, there is no way he will enjoy sex. By lowering sex-related inhibitions and soothing performance anxiety, ginkgo biloba extract may help in creating the right mood for sexual pleasure.

Shredded Ginkgo BilobaPowdered Ginkgo Biloba

How to use Ginkgo

The dried, crushed leaves are mostly used to make a tea. Use 4-12 grams maximum per day, by pouring hot water over it and letting it steep for a while.  You can also use Powder Ginkgo if you prefer to mix it with yogurt, shakes, soups or salads. 

Warning!

Certain adverse effects have been observed in people taking ginkgo biloba extracts. These side effects may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, other types of gastrointestinal discomfort, heart palpitations and restlessness.

Ginkgo biloba supplements are contraindicated in people suffering from bleeding disorders or problems of the circulatory system, check with your pharmacist before consuming Ginkgo in any form. 

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