S-E-X: A (supposedly) taboo topic that is not talked about enough. But let’s just throw this out there. Talking about sex, while it may feel uncomfortable at first, can be the key to maintaining a healthy sex life and a positive sense of one’s own sexuality. In fact, open communication is essential to promising, healthy sexuality. It is also one of the biggest factors in sexual satisfaction. So let’s talk about it! In particular, let’s talk about how sometimes we may just not be in the mood for sex. Whether that be because of age, medication use, or you simply don’t feel like it at that time. The good news is, you’re not alone. According to research, ¼ of reproductive-aged women and ½ of postmenopausal women suffer from decreased libido or sexual desire. So here we have created a list of top 10 natural ways and products that will increase your sexual desire and satisfaction:
Using a Natural Arousal Oil can be a Game Changer
FORIA offers a Holy Grail lubricating oil that has been raved about in magazines such as Playboy, Vogue, and Vice Magazine. The Awaken Natural Arousal Oil with CBD & Botanicals is the first massage oil made with broad-spectrum CBD and synergistic botanical & aromatic oils (but don’t worry, you won’t get high!). This aphrodisiac oil offers sensation and pleasure while also decreasing discomfort and dryness. The product works by decreasing muscular tension, enhancing blood flow, and decreasing pain. Additionally, it’s chocolate and mint aroma will have you yearning for more. Users have claimed that the oil made intimacy feel more satisfying as they were able to feel every sensation. We highly recommend this product- the rave reviews are true (this is a game-changer)!
Taking a Couples Massage Class can Promote Intimacy
Massages are a wonderful way to relax and melt stress away, help heal an injury, and much more. They can deliver a positive, personal experience that provides many benefits both physically and mentally; especially when you are sharing that experience with someone you love. Couple massages can help increase feelings of affection and intimacy by releasing oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine in the body. Furthermore, some massage locations offer massage classes in which couples can learn how to perform it on each other. Steve McGough, an associate professor of clinical sexology, says that massage as foreplay for sex can help reduce cortisol levels and also enhance your ‘feel-good’ hormones, which profoundly help intimacy.
HFR has previously endorsed what essential oils can do for our health, beauty, and home. However, they also have the ability to improve our sex lives. Essential oils help with calming when stress levels are high, uplifting when energy levels are low, and with increasing circulation and blood flow. All of these factors taken into account are important to achieving a full and satisfactory state of arousal. Here is our favorite essential oil nebulizer:
Maca powder, your new favorite add-on to your smoothies and lattes, is made from the native Peruvian Maca root plant. This popular powder has been used for centuries to enhance fertility and sex drive. According to plenty of studies, Maca was proven to increase sexual desire in men and decrease sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. Furthermore, this powder is a great additive in any drink recipe; and promises to promote natural energy, fertility, PCOS, and hormonal balance. It is the perfect caffeine-free replacement for your morning coffee!
This extract, originating from an evergreen tree native to West Africa, has been used for erectile dysfunction for more than 75 years. Additionally, its promoters claim it can help with low sex drive in women as well as the unwanted sexual side effects of antidepressant medicines. No wonder this popular plant-derived drug gets the nickname “herbal Viagra!”
This leaf extract is best known for boosting mental power, but it is also known for being used to treat sexual impotence in men. The extract produced from the “oldest tree known to man” does this by increasing the body’s ability to achieve and maintain an erection during sexual stimulation. Some studies show that, like Viagra, Ginkgo enhances the effects of nitric oxide, which helps relax the artery walls, allowing more blood flow into the penis.
The right kind of fruits can give you a refreshing and replenishing sensation, but can also do so much more for increasing your libido. Watermelon contains a high content of citrulline, a compound that helps support the relaxation of blood vessels in order to encourage blood flow for arousal. Additionally, you have heard us talk about the benefits of bananas. Along with the 11 benefits associated with bananas, bananas also contain a mineral known as potassium which assists with muscle contractions allowing a person to feel more relaxed. Relaxation is a must for sex!
There’s no wonder a woman’s favorite gift for Valentine’s Day is a box of chocolates. This is not only because women love the taste of chocolate, but because there’s a biological basis for chocolate’s sexual effects. Dark chocolate contains L-arginine, which promotes blood flow to your sexual organs, thus increasing sensation, satisfaction, and desire. Additionally, chocolate has properties that act as a stimulant and mood elevator, enhancing feelings of well-being, joy, and pleasure. So not only can you enjoy the flavor of your favorite dark chocolate, but you can enjoy the sexual benefits that come with it.
Who knew that adding certain ingredients to your meals can improve erectile dysfunction? Including basil to your food helps to stimulate your senses, and garlic helps to increase blood flow. These are the perfect additives for a romantic dinner between you and your partner!
Couple’s Meditation and Yoga
Yoga has an immense amount of benefits for your physical health, mental health (our favorite 9 poses to clear our head), and sexual health. The Hinduism practice helps develop an awareness of the sensations of your entire body and how your body feels. It helps you learn to stay in tune with your body and out of your head. Applying this skill will ultimately help you with sensuality during sex. On top of that, yoga helps with flexibility and allows you to come up with different sexual positions with your partner.