As humans, we’re all curious about the art of love. With the rising stresses of our times, there is a growing interest about sexual wellbeing. The strength of herbal wisdom has been passed down through the centuries to reflect the state of our wild medicinal landscapes. Our ancestral herbalists always had a trick or two for health, some for keeping the spark alive in the bedroom. We’re going to share with you some of the Amazon forests’ best herbal secrets.
To get some introspection on what’s really happening, do you remember the last time you did it? You felt like you tried everything, even the support of pills and psychotherapy. Why is it still leaving you in an awkward state of confusion? Well, there’s good news. You’re searching for the right answers. It’s nothing to worry about. That’s right, it’s not you or your partner. Herbalists believe that other factors such as nutrition can hinder our performance, and these arise from our psychosomatic connection to the earth.
The beautiful Muira puama is a native tree to the Brazilian Amazon, where it is well known as the ‘Potency Wood’. This refers to its curative powers to restore sexual energy by addressing fatigue, neuromuscular problems and rheumatism. Studies conducted at the Institute of Sexology in Paris between 1990 and 2000 proved that 62% of patients suffering from loss of libido, benefited from Muira puama extract treatment. With the right dosage and no more, it can be a really good energy support straight from Mother Nature’s garden. Synthetic medicine creates countless side effects and drug dependency that you can truly avoid, especially when you can rely on natural herbs to charge up your self healing powers.
Can a herbal Love Potion really reignite desire?
Upon taking Muira puama, we experience visual clarity and enhanced wellbeing. This is a valuable remedy for men, boosting interest in sexual activity by increasing blood flow to the pelvic area. In women, it enhances sensations and aids in orgasm. It really is a beautiful gift from Mother Nature to have a potion of herbs such as this at home. You can even combine the following herbs into the brew.
Catuaba has been used in combination with Muira puama since ancient times. The bark of this Brazilian rainforest tree is a famous aphrodisiac that aids in strengthening erections. The Tupi people who were the first to discover its sexually stimulating qualities used to celebrate it by singing songs about it. Well enough, this herb can serve to be an invigorating tonic in both men and women. Studies conducted by the World Health Organisation are showing that it also has an anti-depressant action.
Maca is another great combination. It works by reducing stress in women, combating menstrual pain, and assists with the transition of menopause. For men, its a natural assistant for managing and resetting out of balance hormones. It is a herbaceous plant originally discovered in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Its root tuber is used to make medicine for PMS, to improve sexual function, heighten energy and endurance, boost male libido, enhance muscle building capacity, reduce recovery time after exercise while also supporting overall brain health. Maca can be great to elevate mood, ease depression, sharpen memory, strengthen and improve skin, teeth and bones, heal acne and promote a healthy immune system.
Muira puama can be commended for its ability to help with erectile dysfunction. It is gentler and much more pleasant if you compare it with viagra or yohimbe, a supplement used to aid erectile dysfunction. Let’s not forget that the herbal approach is always effective in the long term because it is natural. Here we have some of the more interesting facts about these wonderful herbs.
The Ritual use of Muira puama
In rituals, and not so separate from lovemaking, Muira puama has been used for reflection and self-evaluation.
An important step we can take towards self-development, is to recognise our behaviour patterns. Muira puama has been used in Amazon rituals for this. When we achieve self-understanding, we will be more at ease with ourselves and others. Feeling comfortable is the first mental state of foreplay and romance. With Muira puama, we enhance our sensuality and sexuality, and then we begin learning what kind of lover we are.
The writer Richard Alan Miller explains in his interesting book: The Magical and Ritual Use of Aphrodisiacs, “Sip your cordial and contemplate the following. The Greeks distinguishes three types of love relationships: eros, philia, and agape.” Eros was a more erotic type of relationship, while philia was more platonic and agape was a non-exclusive cosmic love. As cultures evolved through the Roman and Christian Middle Ages, eros became amor. This type of relationship is about romantic, courtly love. Sigmund Freud later adopted libido, to define physical desire that was also primal energy, sexual in nature. The Eastern views varied in India and China, with elaborate descriptions about the stages of conditional and unconditional love. Arriving full circle to our modern times, we can take a contemporary look at how much we know about love. John Alan Lee has explored six different patterns of behaviour in his book The Styles of Loving, where we learn about the erotic lover, the ludic lover, the storgic lover, the manic lover, the pragmatic lover and of course, the agape lover too. With evolution we are learning more and more about love and sex. With Nature’s help, we can even go back to our primal roots of sensorial pleasure. So don’t let anything bring you down, we are all discovering ourselves and how to love.
Please consume consciously
There are so many patients in the world today who depend on pharmaceutical drugs to help with depression, stress, low libido and other nervous deficiencies. We can expect to find an increasing rate of people suffering from stress-related illnesses. Thankfully our herbal approach gives us a holistic understanding of a balanced lifestyle. However it is advised to consume just about one cup of Muira puama.
Besides insomnia, there hasn’t been much research conducted on Muira puama to know if there are any long term side effects associated with its consumption. Please do not overdose.
The recommended dosages for the herbs we’ve mentioned here are:
Muira puama: 1 to 2 Tablespoons cooked in half litre of spring water for 15 minutes. You will feel the results in about 30 minutes.
Catuaba: 1 Cup of Tea or 10 to 20 drops of tincture three times daily. Alternatively to make a normal intensity tea, you can use 1 Tablespoon with 250 ml spring water, simmer for 5-10 minutes. Leave to cool for about 10 to 15 minutes before straining into a cup. To increase the intensity of your Catuaba tea, steep the herb in water, cover the top and leave for 8 hours. If you want to feel the full effects of Catuaba, consume between 1 to 3 cups a day.
Maca: Begin with 1 Teaspoon per serving in (hot or cold) beverages such as fruit juices, herbal teas or non-dairy milks, shakes and smoothies. Gradually increase this up to 1 Tablespoon per serving. You may move on to adding Maca to your morning bowl of fruit cereal, granola, oatmeal or yogurt. Try mixing up a few Tablespoons in a pancake or waffle batter to add caramel flavour and energising nutritional boost. As you become more advanced in your knowledge of Maca, you can get more creative with Recipes where you can use the powdered form as a binder or thickener in your culinary creations, such as salad dressings, sauces, soups, stews, and veggie burgers. Or even sweet dishes such as mouses, puddings and energy bars. Vegans love natural ingredients that replace flour, you can certainly use a portion of Maca to bake your favourite cakes and cookies.
Some indigenous people have created their potions together with Muira puama and Catuaba by placing the barks in a glass of water overnight so as to drink the resulting infusion the next day.
These herbs have exotic woody flavours, feel free to add honey or stevia to sweeten your teas. How about you dim out the lamps and brighten up the experience with candles? These herbs will surely make you and your partner feel better!
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