Sexual Health Herbs

  Sexual Health Herbs

Discover a wide range of herbs and superfoods known to exert a positive effect on sexual health.

Sexual health is a broad term, covering hormonal balance, vitality and wellbeing in the reproductive systems, libido and ‘performance’. When our sexual health is below par our whole being is affected, as sexual energy is seen in many traditions as the life force itself.

Fortunately there are many herbs and nutrient-dense superfoods from around the world which are now easily available. At Indigo Herbs we have selected only pure, unadulterated botanicals which can easily be taken as teas, tinctures or in powdered form. Some of these herbs are tonics, which means they can safely be consumed on a daily basis.

For women, Nature’s medicine chest can help with difficult or irregular menstruation, PMT, recovery from childbirth, and menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and emotional instability. Some herbs promote the flow of milk when breastfeeding. For men, there are herbs to give ‘the strength of a stallion’ or to help with the increasingly common problem of an enlarged prostate. For both sexes, botanicals can aid fertility and strengthen sexual appetite.

Wouldn’t you rather be choosing to use something natural which works in harmony with your body, rather than harsh pharmaceutical drugs with their possible side-effects? Your body would definitely say ‘Yes!’

As always, it is important to support the use of herbs with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Take a look at the list below to see what can help your situation.


Agnus castus

(Agnus castus)
Agnus Castus

This pretty tree bears fruit that is taken as a natural aid for the symptoms of
pre-menstrual syndrome, known as PMS or PMT. It is also used to alleviate the symptoms of the menopause. It is an all round tonic and balancer for the reproductive organs.



(Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is the tonic for the 21st centuary lifestyle, it is said to bring "the strength of a stallion". It is known as Indian Ginseng. It is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine.

Ashwagandha is rejuvenating and strengthening to the nervous system, and it works as a mild depressant to the over agitated nerves whilst nourishing and protecting. So it is excellent for stress induced disorders such as Insomnia, Anxiety, Neurosis.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, so it helps the body and mind adapt to stress that cannot be avoided, whilst strengthening and calming the mind and body. Ashwagandha has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for sexual health.


Avena sativa

(Avena sativa)
Avena sativa

Probably the oldest known oat grains were found in Egypt among remains of the 12th Dynasty, which was about 2,000 B.C. These probably were weeds and not actually cultivated by the Egyptians. The oldest known cultivated oats were found in caves in Switzerland that are believed to belong to the Bronze Age. Today Oats are largely a European and North American crop. Traditionally used by women for sexual health.



(Sida cordifolia)

Bala is one of the most valued and well used Ayurvedic herbs. It is used for weight loss, and boosting physical endurance and strength, often used by athletes and bodybuilders. It is also known as an Aphrodisiac.


Black Cohosh

(Cimicifuga racemosa)
Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh works to balance female reproductive hormones and for this reason can be useful in giving relief from PMS, menstrual cramps, and uterine contractions in labour. Black cohosh is also good for menopausal women as it is estrogenic and aids hormone balance.


Blessed Thistle

(Cnicus benedicyus)
Blessed Thistle

Blessed thistle is known to aid in breast feeding, where the mother may find it difficult to produce milk or where the milk dries up. It can be combined well with fennel seeds or fenugreek seeds, and made into a tea or drank as a tincture blend everyday.

Blessed thistle is also thought to be good for the stomach, it can calm indigestion, wind, flatulence and colic. In the case of a sluggish digestive system it may be combined with Kola nut. Blessed thistle is known to be a powerful blood purifyer and improver of the circulation. It is known to strengthen the brain, heart, stomach, liver lungs and kidneys. It is an all round fortifying tonic.


Catuaba Bark

(Erythroxylum catuaba)

Catuaba is known to be a tonic for the nervous system, to bring strength, and to fortify and relieve fatigue. For men it is known to enliven the libido. In Brazilian medicine it is often combined with Muira Puama to have a dual action of tonifying the male sexual and urinary organs and relieving the condition of impotence. If it is consumed regularly it is thought to bring erotic dreams and then to bring increased libido. As it is an Aphrodisiac and a nervine, it is also anti-viral which means that it is effective in fortifying against bacteria and viruses. South American herb traditionally used to increase libido and sexual health.



(Maytenus aelivis)

Recommended for women - Curanderos (healers) in the Amazon use chuchuhuasi as a general tonic, to speed healing. It is often combined with other medicinal plants as it increases the power and use considerably. Traditionally it is taken as a stimulant, and for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to relieve menstrual pain, arthritic pain, stomach pain and general aches and pains.



(Tynanthus panurensis)

The worlds premiere womens herbal aphrodisiac. Clavohuasca has been traditionally taken as a herbal aphrodisiac, and it can be taken in a tincture preparation or as a tea. South American herb taken traditionally for womens sexual health.



(Turnera diffusa)

Damiana is a plant that grows in Mexico, Central America, West Indies and South America and has been traditionally used. Damiana was made into a sweet drink by Mexican Indians. Traditionally used in Mexico as an aphrodisiac and for sexual health.


Dong Quai

(Angelica sinensis)
Dong Quai

Chinese Angelica has been used in China, Korea and Japan as an all purpose women's tonic for many years. It appears it really is one of the ultimate herbs for women, restoring health and balancing hormones in all cycles of a women's life. Used in Chinese Medicine traditionally for sexual health.


Fenugreek Seed

(Trigonella fornum)

Often take by women, Fenugreek seeds have been used for 1000s of years and are documented as being used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans. Fenugreek is a traditional medicine in Ayurveda.  It is known to be useful as a natural HRT alternative, recommended to help with hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms.


Ginkgo Biloba

(Ginkgo biloba, Salisburia adiantifolia, Salisburia macrophylla)
Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo is one of the most popular herbs in use today, originating in Asia. It is the oldest surviving tree on earth and it has been used traditionally to improve concentration and memory. It is also known to stimulate circulation and thin the blood. It should not be taken along side blood thinning medicine. Helpful Sexual Health Herb.


Goji Berries

(Lycium barbarum)
Goji Berries

Goji berries / Wolf berries are known as the ultimate tonic for longevity, within the Chinese medicine tradition. They are thought to nourish Yin energy in the body, having a cooling and nourishing effect on the whole system. They are the perfect daily tonic for modern living, which is said to create too much heat, fire and Yang energy in the body. Goji berries have been used in traditional Mongolian, Tibetan and Chinese medicine for 1000s of years. Traditionally used in China for sexual health, and said to increase vitality.



(Tribulus terrestris)

Tribulus is known to increase stamina, libido and sexual function for men and dramatically improve sexual performance and sensitivity for most women. It is widely used by athletes and body builders as it improves muscle building, stamina and endurance. It has also been found to alleviate symptoms of the menopause, such as hot flushes, depression and emotional instability.


Horny Goat Weed

(Epimedium sagittatum)

The Chinese refer to the herb Horny goat weed as Yin yang huo, which means "licentious goat plant." The use of Epimedium as a medicinal herb dates back thousands of years. It is known as a warming herb that improves male fertility. Epimedium received its more common name, horny goat weed, when goats grazing on the herb were observed to have significantly increased sexual drive.



(Lepidium meyenii )

Maca is a popular integral part of the Peruvian way of life, it is a root vegetable that looks a bit like a turnip and it is put into soups, cakes, breads and drinks in Peru. It is grown high in the Andes at 14,000 ft in very rich soils, so its mineral content is especially high.


Mucuna / Kapikachhu

(Mucuna pruriens)
Mucuna pruriens

Kapikachhu / Mucuna pruriens is a well known Ayurvedic herb. It is well documented for its Aphrodisiac qualities as well as for trating Parkinsons Disease and a range of other conditions. Used in Indian Ayurvedic traditional medicine for sexual health.

Mucuna / Kapikachhu has an interesting range of unusual phyto-chemicals including l-dopa.


Saw Palmetto

(Serenoa repens)

Widely recommended in traditional herbalism as a good womens herb. Known as "the old man's best friend" Saw Palmetto is gaining a reputation as a treatment for prostate enlargement. It boosts male sex hormones and tones the male reproductive system. It strengthens sexual appetite and restores sexual balance after excesses.

It is also used to combat male hair loss



(Asparagus racemosus)

Shatavari is considered to be the best general tonic for women in Ayurveda, clinically proven to promote fertility, strengthen the uterus, regulate menstruation, promote the flow of breast milk, assist in recovery from childbirth and alleviate many symptoms of the menopause.

Shatavari can be safely used through all stages of a women's life, and has been in use for over a 1000 years. It is the supreme woman's tonic.


Siberian Ginseng

(Eleutherococcus snticosus)
Siberian Ginseng

Siberian ginseng is not actually ginseng but it is so called because it works in such a similar way. Siberian Ginseng / Eleutherococcus is an adaptogen, and it encourages the adrenal glands to secrete STRESS FIGHTING HORMONES.


Wild Yam

(Dioscorea villosa)
Wild Yam

Wild Yam / Dioscorea is a popular modern use is as an alternative to HRT, a natural breast enhancer and treatment for PMS. Wild Yam is a very good antispasmodic so is good for menstrual cramps, relaxing muscles, soothing nerves, relieving pain, poor circulation and neuralgia, for the inflammatory stage of rheumatory arthritis and for abdominal and intestinal cramping.