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Herbs For Balancing Hormones and Increasing Libido For Women

By Nadia McMorran

At many stages of life, women can find that for various reasons their libido may dip or their hormones may feel out of whack. Fortunately, there are plenty of herbs that can help to rebalance things and get your sex life back on track.


Withania is a full body tonic, so it works to balance all body systems in both men and women. It is an aphrodisiac herb that can help to increase libido while also working as nourishment for the other body systems that may be inadvertently causing the low libido, such as the nervous system. It will help to manage stress hormones which can play a big role in low libido.


The Peruvian herb maca has long been traditionally used to increase sexual stamina and libido, as well as balancing hormones in both men and women. It is particularly helpful in post-menopausal women, as well as helping to manage stress levels and fertility.


Gingko increases blood flow and circulation around the body, enhances cognition and protects the brain and nervous system. Studies show it can improve mood, sleep and can reduce menstrual pain. It can also increase oestrogen in women’s bodies, meaning that it can be particularly helpful during menopause, but is beneficial at all stages of life beyond puberty.


Damiana is known as the ‘ultimate feel good herb’ in some cultures and has been used as an aphrodisiac since ancient Mayan times. It also helps to relieve stress, fatigue, anxiety and mild depression. It works particularly well when used alongside other libido boosting herbs such as tribulus.


Various studies completed on tribulus showed that between 67% and 98% of women that supplemented with tribulus for 3 months experienced an increase in libido and sexual desire. It also helps to enhance energy and positively affect mood.

Stress, anxiety and depression can impact our sexual desire, and can put a damper on libido in both men and women. Fortunately, most of the herbs that are aphrodisiacs also help with these issues and naturally work to balance out a number of potentially contributing factors.

Consider what may be causing stress or anxiety in your life and if it is possible to remedy this somehow, even by focussing on sleep hygiene, relaxation or meditation, or removing some of those stressors from your life if possible.

Another factor to consider is that if you are taking any artificial hormones, such as hormone replacement therapy or hormonal birth control, this can be negatively affecting your sex drive and ability to reach orgasm, as well as other pharmaceutical medication. Look up any potential side effects, and talk to your health professional about potential alternatives if you feel this may be the case.