Making your own aphrodisiac herbal infusion is fun and super easy. Even with its simplicity, I find it's incredibly empowering to make a healing infusion with your own hands.
You really don't need much of each herb to get started either. 25g will do to test out flavours and see what you like. Steep each herb on its own first, so you know the strength of flavour and what it is contributing to your blend. There's a number of aphrodisiac herbs that have been used in many cultures - ancient and modern. The herbs we chose below are supportive for both men and women.
Damiana is known as an ancient aphrodisiac, believed to increase desire and open the heart. It’s also an excellent nerve tonic, strengthening the nervous system and the hormonal system. It has mood-elevating effects - calming nerves, relieving anxiety and depression.
Sarsaparilla is traditionally used in Chinese Medicine to increase the libido of men and women and regulate hormone production.
Heart opening rose and hibiscus are perfect additions to our aphrodisiac blend. With your heart open, you feel loved and able to love, you feel open and energized.
Last, but not least, ginger. Good circulation is good for sexual health and dried ginger is known for being warming and increasing circulation.
Here’s a recipe to get you started, but feel free to play around with the proportions or include other aphrodisiac herbs you know.
4 parts damiana
2 parts sarsaparilla
2 parts rose petals
2 parts hibiscus
1 part ginger
Mix all herbs together. Steep 2 tsp per cup of freshly boiled water. Allow to steep for 15 minutes, covered.
If you have more time: Use the stovetop method and keep the sarsaparilla separate. Bring your water to boil, add the sarsaparilla and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the rest of your herbs, remove from the heat and steep covered for 15 more minutes. Since sarsaparilla is a root, it's hardier and therefore needs simmering water to extract more benefits.
Not sure how to find herbs? Google bulk herbs + your city to find local shops or call around to nearby health stores to see if they offer bulk herbs. Then you can buy just a small amount to start out. Once you're ready to take the next step, buy online where you'll get herbs that have been stored better and will arrive in a sealed bag. There's some great online shops that you can order organic herbs in both Canada and the US. A quick google search will reveal them!
It doesn’t stop there! I can’t leave a blog post about aphrodisiacs without talking about our newest Elevated Plant Powder™, Matcha Bliss. Our stressful lives can have a horrible effect on desire, energy levels and openness. Incorporating adaptogens and supermushrooms that help balance the effects of stress and making lifestyle changes that decrease the biggest stressors in your life are essential to sexual health! Prolonged stress increases cortisol production and when this happens for extended periods of time, it can lower your libido.
If you’re facing daily stressors (which I’m sure you are!), try incorporating adaptogens into your day to balance the effects of stress. We like to use adaptogens in our blends and Matcha Bliss is no exception. Matcha Bliss is a blend of cacao, maca, reishi, matcha, cinnamon and pink salt. As adaptogens, maca and reishi have an accumulative effect if taken over time. Perhaps an overused metaphor, but taking adaptogens is like visiting the gym where you start to see positive changes with consistence workouts over time. Maca is said to balance hormones and help manage stress, bringing your body back into balance. Reishi can help calm your mind, nourish your spirit and help you adapt better to emotional stress.
Managing your stress will help you feel more present, open and engaged. Look at making lifestyle changes as well.
Amoda’s Love Potion meets Matcha Bliss - heat 1/2 cup of water, 1/3 cup of nut milk and either damiana herb or the damiana blend (recipe above) together on the stove. Take off the heat before it boils and let the infusion steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain off the leaves and blend with 2 tsp of Matcha Bliss and 2 tsp of cacao butter in a high speed blender. Add an extra tablespoon or more of cacao powder to make a blissful hot chocolate.
You can leave out the hibiscus if you're worried about curdling your milk. If you use a nut milk, it will separate your milk (i'm sure you've seen this happen before), but once you blend it in the blender, it will be fine. Simply leave out the hibiscus if you prefer that to not happen.
Have you tried blending your own aphrodisiac teas? What herbs did you use? Let me know in the comments below!
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