If you are experiencing low libido, know this:

You are normal, and you’re not alone.

One common (and very antiquated) belief about libido is that it is solely a byproduct of aging. Not true! Low libido is affected by a variety of factors, some of which include:

  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Lifestyle (diet, smoking, alcohol)
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Underlying conditions (diabetes, chronic pain) 
  • Sleep disturbances

Most likely, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone in your orbit who isn’t experiencing one of those situations.

The ongoing lack of interest in sexual activities and fantasies often causes additional stress, because people with low libido often think something is wrong with them. The truth is, we just don’t talk about it enough, and are usually left to navigate it alone, or in silence.

Ways to boost libido 

Scientists are discovering that desire is not a static or binary phenomenon, and it is influenced by various brain systems that interact with each other. There are a variety of techniques, tools and practices to help low libido, from both a mental and a physical approach.

Here are two ways to naturally boost your libido:

1 - Psychological

Reflecting on past sexual experiences can be a valuable exercise in understanding what triggers your sexual arousal, and what might hinder it. Take a moment to recall encounters that effortlessly ignited your desire, as well as those that initially showed promise before hitting a roadblock. By recognizing the cues from your surroundings, emotions, and experiences that either rev up or halt your libido, you can intentionally include more of the arousal-inducing elements, and minimize the rest.

2 - Herbal Aphrodisiacs

Throughout history, naturopaths and Chinese medicine practitioners have trusted a variety of plants and herbs including Muira Puama (Amazonian) and Epimedium (Chinese, aka horny goat weed) to arouse, lighten inhibition and prolong duration; heart-opening Rose helps one to embrace connection; and tonifying Tribulus regulates hormone balance and libido over time, making it increasingly effective when used regularly.

Bonus tip: always be generous with a high quality personal lubricant to intensify pleasure and sexual satisfaction, whether you’re alone or with a partner. 

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