Top 5 Rainforest Aphrodisiacs
Natural aphrodisiacs have been used around the world for thousands of years to help kindle the fires of love for both men and women. Find out about our Top 5 Aphrodisiacs from the Amazonian rainforest.
Aphrodisiacs are foods and herbs that naturally boost our desire and enhance sensual pleasure. Because every now and again, and quite understandably, it can take a little extra work to ignite the fire of passion - or propel it to new heights altogether.
Many natural aphrodisiac herbs will unfold their effect to the fullest if you already have some heat going. Only few herbs will turn a cold fish into a passionate Romeo or Juliet. Rather, they can support the action and give the experience another dimension.
Here are our Top 5 Rainforest Aphrodisiacs:
Catuaba is a Guarani word that means "what gives strength to the Indian". It is a small tree that can be found growing in the wilds of the Amazon rainforest. The tree is harvested for both its edible fruit and its stimulating bark which is made into an invigorating concoction. In traditional Brazilian herbal medicine, Catuaba is considered a central nervous system stimulant that also contains aphrodisiac like qualities. It is probably the most famous aphrodisiac to come out of Brazil, and is held in high regards by the locals who value its power.
Also known as “potency wood”, muira puama is another potent aphrodisiac originating from the Amazonian rainforest. It is a strong tree that grows up to 5m in height and produces small white flowers with a fragrance that reminds of sweet jasmine scent. The bark is brewed into a tea that is said to boost libido and can be found commercially across the world today. Other traditional uses also include the treatment of impotence, nerve pain and menstrual disturbances.
It should be noted that another Brazilian tree, Liriosma ovate, is also often referred to as muira piama, and sold as such; but it has a completely different chemical composition to the aphrodisiac described above, which is called Ptychopetalum.
This is a small shrub that can be predominantly found growing in the central parts of North America, as well as in parts of South America. It is the leaves of the Damiana shrub that contain aphrodisiac properties; these are harvested during the plants flowering season in order to make sure they are fully potent. Spanish missionaries reported how the indigenous tribes traditionally used these leaves to create a drink that was used to improve sexual desire and performance.
Huanarpo Macho is a small tree that is found growing natively in Peru. It is a popular male aphrodisiac in Peru that is thought to treat lack of desire, premature ejaculation and impotency. It has a long history of use within traditional herbal medicine, and quite recently it has become popular in western society, with marketing campaigns dubbing it “Peruvian Viagra”.
Also known as “White Clove”, clavo huasca is a large woody vine that can be found growing up trees in the Amazon rainforest. As it grows it produces small white flowers that have a distinct clove like smell - hence the name. It is used by the native tribes to produce a sex tonic that can be used to strengthen a weak erection as well as act as an aphrodisiac. Shaman also use Clavohuasca as part of Ayahuasca recipes – a brew that induces strong psychedelic and spiritual experiences.
These herbs are not medicines and are not meant to treat any sexual dysfunction or problems.