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7 Natural Aphrodisiacs That Work For Women

Aphrodisiacs

Getting in the right mood is undoubtedly the key to any sexual relationship. Aphrodisiacs are natural ingredients known to help with sexual arousal through interaction with our limbic system. An aphrodisiac can be any food, drink, or anything that turns you on sexually.

So let’s explore the natural and traditional aphrodisiacs already proven to work, especially for women. If you want to incorporate one of these 7 ingredients into your daily life, rest assured that they will help you overcome the obstacles to sexual arousal.

MACA, THE SUPERFOOD OF THE INCAS

Maca – Taken grounded or powdered, this superfood from the Andes can be eaten raw or even added to all kinds of dishes and drinks.

Maca works wonders for women’s overall health, as it is an effective hormone balancer. Not only increases libido, but it also helps regulate ovulation. It is also a fertility enhancer. Daily consumption of 3 grams of maca will ensure these positive results.

GINKGO BILOBA, AN ANCIENT AND SACRED CHINESE SECRET

You have probably heard of Ginkgo Biloba before. It has become furiously popular in recent years with the advent of health-oriented diet programs. 

Ginkgo Biloba’s leaves have positive effects on all stages of sexual intercourse, including desire, up to lubrication, and orgasm. Not only that, but it is also capable of significantly improving endurance.

Favorite ways to consume Ginkgo Biloba include infusions or teas, tinctures, or sometimes oven roasting. 

CALAMUS, ALSO KNOWN AS SWEET FLAG

Another well-known aphrodisiac herb is the calamus a.k.a the sweet flag, calamus root, flag root, muskrat root, or the sweet flag. 

Calamus is widely used as a spice, especially in Arabic cuisine. It’s sweet at first and ends with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A daily dose of 3 grams is considered to be perfectly fine and safe.

Beware, excessive consumption of the calamus can cause some side effects. It’s all about the dosage. It can overstimulate the uterus, so it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women. 

CLAVO HUASCA, THE KEY TO INTENSE PASSION

Whether you’re trying to achieve harder erections or boost your libido, Clavo Huasca is the best solution for you and your partner.

Widely used as a libido enhancer in pre-menopausal women and as a male aphrodisiac for erectile function, it also helps strengthen the hair and nourish the skin. 

If you’re using it as an aphrodisiac, it is much more effective to increase the dosage by taking a couple of teaspoons of the powder and brewing an infusion in hot water or milk. Its effect should start within 30 minutes.

BUTEA SUPERBA, THE SUPER STIMULANT FROM SOUTH ASIA

You can recognize Butea Superba by some of its more common names, such as Red Kwao Krua, creeping Butea, rubber Butea tree, the flame of the forest, or climbing palms.

The best way to consume it is capsules due to its particularly acidic taste. To get the most of the libido enhancing effects, you should take it regularly 2-3 times a day for at least a couple of days.

COLA NUT, A NATURAL STIMULANT LIKE CAFFEINE

You probably know that this plant was one of the original ingredients of Coca-Cola. Coca leaves have been used for ages to increase physical activity. 

Kola nuts contain caffeine and tannins. Tannins reduce the absorption of caffeine, thus prolonging sexual performance and significantly increasing libido. It is a general energizer and stimulant that also increases blood oxygen levels and improves concentration. The perfect all-day food supplement!

GINSENG, PUMPS YOUR SEXUAL DESIRE TO THE MAXIMUM

Ginseng is one of the most popular and beneficial foods for human health. It can be found fresh, cut into small pieces and dried, or even finely ground with a sandy texture.

Ginseng contains arginine, an amino acid that is responsible for initiating certain physiological responses such as increased blood flow in the genitals, reduced vaginal dryness, increased sensitivity in the clitoris, and of course, female orgasm.

This phenomenal ingredient is known to improve mood, increase stamina, treat heart disease as well as fatigue. All these benefits add to the supportive action of sexual activity.

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How to control excessive vaginal sweating?

vaginal sweating

Sweating is a process that the body goes through to cool itself and thus balance its temperature. But what happens when this sweat is produced in excess? How can we control it? Keep reading to find out!

Consequences of excessive sweating: 

When we sweat we lose fluids and electrolytes. However, some people lose electrolytes faster than others, which has consequences for water maintenance and neuromuscular function. Proper intimate care is essential for preventing vaginal infections and sweating. The vagina is self-cleaning, so you should focus on keeping the vulva clean and dry.To avoid excessive sweating, take into account the following tips:

  • Shower: Take regular baths to wash off accumulated germs and sweat. Do not forget to dry your genital area very well. 
  • Correct Products: Avoid using harsh chemicals (deodorants, wipes) in the genital area and opt for natural options. Try using “Kitty Dust” to minimize the excessive sweating in your private area. A mix of Organic Arrowroot Powder, Peppermint and Rose Essential Oils that will help prevent sweating down there! All-natural. Talc Free.
  • Trim pubic hair: Pubic hair can be a breeding ground for yeast and other fungi. Try trimming the hair in the pubic area a bit to keep it clean as this is key for better air circulation, reducing perspiration, and avoiding sweating.
  • Wear cotton underwear: Synthetic materials like polyester don’t breathe as well as natural fabrics. Instead of allowing sweat to evaporate out, the material holds the sweat in and traps it against your skin. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen allow sweat to evaporate like it’s supposed to. The absorbent properties of cotton make moisture evaporate much faster, giving a feeling of comfort and freshness. 
  • Avoid douching: This practice can modify the pH of your body, making it prone to bacteria and infections. The more bacteria, the more moisture will be accumulated in your private area.
  • Opt for loose, flowing fabrics
  • Don’t use antiperspirants: Antiperspirants can eliminate odor and reduce sweat production in the underarms, but you should not use them in your private area. While antiperspirant products can kill unwanted odor-producing bacteria, they can also disrupt the delicate balance of bacteria in and around the vagina. This disruption may increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
  • Change your pads regularly: Whether you use pads or tampons, be sure to change them often.
  • Diet: Being a disease that is located in the nervous system, it is necessary to suppress the consumption of caffeine, tobacco, and chocolate that produce acceleration and increase perspiration.

Excessive sweating should not limit your life in any way, since as you can see, there are many solutions that you can put into practice. If these measures aren’t working, you could have a condition called hyperhidrosis. See your doctor if the sweating is persistent or you notice an unusual odor 💗. 

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The lies they told you about your period

Period myths

We have all come across many “No-s” when it comes to our period…“You can’t do this”, “You can’t do that”, “No blah blah”. Well, the reality is that physically there is nothing that prevents us from doing our favorite activities, even when society insists on telling us otherwise.

So, what are these common things they tend to say “you cannot do” during your period? In today’s blog, we’re debunking some of the most common myths. Keep on reading to find out!

“You can’t exercise!”

Many times we have been told that during those days we should not exercise. Well, the reality is that exercising during the period helps relieve pain since exercising releases endorphins that generate a feeling of well-being. This results in better performance, sleep, mood and in combating period cramps and PMS symptoms. Just make sure you have plenty of fluids and keep a check on a healthy diet. Unless you don’t feel like exercising, keep on going, girl!

“You can’t go to the beach or pool!”

This is one of the most absurd beliefs of the period. Sure we can get in the water and enjoy our vacation. Just make sure to use a tampon or menstrual cup and be careful to change it when you go out. And no, don’t worry, you will not bleed in the pool or attract sharks with your period blood. That’s taking it a little too far.

“You can’t have sex!”

Many women still believe that it is not possible to have sex during their period. Well, of course, you can! During the period, sex turns out to be more pleasant since the vagina and cervix are more sensitive and allow even more pleasure. But beware! Always remember to use protection since you can get STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) or even get pregnant.

“You can’t have a hot shower. Hot showers increase the flow!”

If there is one thing about hygiene and personal care, it’s that it is never harmful. Hot water can help stimulate blood flow, relieve menstrual cramps, and ease muscular tension. Only make sure you don’t burn yourself on scalding water or freeze in icy cold waters. Period or no period, there’s nothing comfortable about that. The pressure from the water may temporarily prevent the blood from flowing out of the vagina. Although as soon as you are out of your shower, everything will be back to normal.

What do you do during your period that you were always told you couldn’t do?

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Postpartum Sex

Just thinking about having sex can seem exhausting for new parents, specifically with all the things stacked against them: the pain from delivery, medications, hormones and possible depression.

Although there is no obligatory waiting period before a couple can have sex again, many health care providers recommend holding on to sex until four to six weeks after delivery, irrespective of the delivery method. In addition to postpartum discharge and vaginal tears, you might experience fatigue, vaginal dryness, pain, and low sexual desire. Furthermore, if you had a vaginal tear requiring surgical repair, you might need to hold off a bit longer.

According to Parent Magazine, giving birth awakens us to a range of sensations, and as a result, our bodies, particularly our genitals, become more alive, increasing our pleasure potential. Childbirth can also shift our internal parts into just the right place, to make them more sensitive to stimulation. “Many women report more comfort with their bodies and more intense orgasms after having kids.

Tips for a healthy sex life with your partner post-pregnancy according to healthline:

  • Take it slow. In the first weeks after you’ve been cleared for sex, your body may not be ready to jump back to pre-pregnancy activities. Take things one day at a time. Try intimate activities to warm up to sex again, such as massage.
  • Increase foreplay. Give your vagina time to produce its own natural lubrication. Stretch out foreplay, try mutual masturbation, or engage in other activities before penetrative sex.
  • Use a lubricant. You may need a little help with lubrication as your hormones readjust. Look for a water-based option. Oil-based lubes can damage condoms and irritate sensitive tissue.
  • Practice Kegels. Kegel exercises help rebuild pelvic floor muscles. This can help with common postdelivery issues, like incontinence. Exercising the muscles can also help you regain strength and sensation in your vagina. Build up your stamina by doing longer holds.
  • Make time for sex. With a new baby in the house, you and your partner may not have a lot of time for spontaneity. Put time on your calendars to be together. This way, you won’t be rushed or anxious.
  • Talk with your partner. Sex after delivery is different, not bad. Different can be fun and exciting, but you should keep an open dialogue with your partner about what feels good and what doesn’t. This will help you enjoy sex again and make sure you’re not experiencing any unnecessary pain.

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Are Vagina Tightening Wands A Thing?

Are Vagina Tightening Wands A Thing?

There are many products out there in the market that vouch for better vaginas. Douches, herb sachets and vaginal steamers. 

Most of these statements have proved to be marketing gimmicks and no proven results for vaginal tightening.

Vaginal Wand Harmful

Experts warn women not to experiment with their private parts. Using vagina tightening products brings more harm than any good. There is also a risk of infection as the stick does not adhere to safety profiles.

And there is no data to support up the claims the makers make. It is not safe to use the vagina tightening stick, and none of the professionals recommend it for use.

Stretching A Natural Process

The stretching of the vagina after childbirth, continuous intercourse, and old age is a natural process. Enlarging may be marginal in some women but huge in others.

The vagina is self-cleaning and have natural elasticity. Using vagina tightening tools can cause problems.

Consult A Health Professional If Needed.

 

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What is vulvodynia?

What is vulvodynia?

The vulvodynia definition is described as follows: The chronic pain and discomfort around the vaginal opening known as the ‘vulva’ lasts for a period longer than three months.

The sensation of burning, itching, stinging, and rawness caused by vulvodynia can negatively impact the woman’s life. The irritation and pain can become excruciating over time if not treated.

What causes vulvodynia remains unclear to the health experts so far; however, there are certain contributing factors which can lead to this condition:

  • Hormonal imbalances in the body 
  • Injury to the nerves surrounding the region of the vulva 
  • Vaginal infections
  • Muscle spasm in the pelvic floor
  • Allergies or sensitive skin 

Suppose the condition remains untreated for a long time. In that case, it might cause physical, mental, and emotional discomfort, including anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, vaginismus – vaginal muscle spasms due to the fear of having sex, relationship issues, sleep disturbances, and excessive pain and irritation in the vulva region. 

What are the symptoms of vulvodynia?

Some of the commonly recorded vulvodynia symptoms observed in the vulva region include 

  • Rawness
  • Stinging 
  • Soreness 
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • Painful intercourse 

The pain might be restricted to a centralized region of the vulva or spread to the entire area surrounding the vulva.

The vulva tissue will begin to appear sore and slightly inflamed as well. If one experiences any of these symptoms, you should immediately consult your gynecologist and seek medical attention. 

Vulvodynia treatment 

After a successful cotton swab test and pelvic exam, the doctor will diagnose whether or not you are suffering from vulvodynia.

The vulvodynia treatment options are always used in combination to relieve the symptoms, and no one treatment is decided as the primary course of treatment, as it differs from person to person based on the severity and symptoms.

Some of the available treatment options include 

  • Anticonvulsants, steroids, and tricyclic antidepressants are known to relieve chronic pain, while antihistamine medications lessen the itching.
  • For temporary symptom relief, lidocaine ointment, a vulvodynia treatment cream, can be used 30 minutes before the sexual intercourse to relieve the pain and discomfort. Such local anesthetics are used for vulvodynia pain relief.
  • Biofeedback therapy and pelvic floor therapy are also used as an effective treatment option which teaches how to control the pelvic muscles of your body and how one should respond to the symptoms of vulvodynia. 
  • Certain local nerve block injections are often used to treat vulvodynia, especially for those women who suffer from long-standing vulva pain. No other treatment option has turned out to be beneficial for them. 
  • If a woman suffers from localized vulvodynia or vestibulodynia, surgery is considered the treatment for vulvodynia’s complete cure. The affected tissue is removed via surgery which permanently relieves the pain. 

Natural ways to cure and avoid vulvodynia

Bladder and bowel pressure is a known reason for what causes vulvodynia to flare up. Hence, one should pee regularly and clean the vagina regularly with water gently.

Avoid exercises that put too much pressure on the vulva and prevent yourself from using deodorant pads and tampons. 

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What are Yoni eggs?

Yoni eggs

Yoni eggs, also referred to as ‘jade eggs,’ are egg-shaped gemstones meant for vaginal insertion to enhance feminine energy and encourage sexual vitality in women.

The Sanskrit word ‘yoni’ means the ‘vagina’ or the ‘womb,’ which is significant to the female reproductive system and is believed to be coming from ancient Chinese origin.

Traditionally, these eggs were made of jade and called jade yoni eggs. However, at present many different types of yoni eggs are available in the market. 

The known benefits of yoni eggs are pretty controversial as the people who recommend using these eggs believe it helps strengthen the vaginal muscles, which improve the menstrual cycle and enhance their libido and sexual power.

The spiritual belief of using yoni eggs is based on the fact that once the eggs are inserted inside the vagina, the body can harness the intrinsic energy of the gemstone it is made of. 

Additionally, some gemstones and crystals of which these gemstone yoni eggs are made – are believed to have healing powers and energetic frequencies which flow through the body and improve feminine health.

Apart from this, having a more robust pelvic floor is usually associated with intense orgasms, firmer grip during penetrative sexual intercourse, reduced risk of uterine prolapse, and leakage. 

How to use yoni eggs?

The egg-shaped gemstones are carved so for easier insertion into the vagina. One can insert the rock inside and keep it for a few minutes or an entire day.

However, health experts suggest not to use it for any more than 20 minutes as it might cause damage to the vaginal walls. Although, the sellers and practitioners offer continuous use of yoni eggs every day for better results. 

For first-timers, it is always recommended to use the smallest size of yoni egg. Additionally, such yoni eggs shall always be sterilized before and after use, and the use of oil-based and water-based lube during insertion is highly recommended. 

Are yoni eggs safe?

Even though the jade yoni egg or gemstone yoni egg is not harmful, health experts do not recommend them for vaginal insertion.

Jade yoni eggs are semi-porous, suggesting that bacteria can get inside the egg and stay there even after being cleaned thoroughly. This puts the user at high risk of vaginal or uterine bacterial infections and toxic shock syndrome. 

Moreover, prolonged use of yoni eggs hinders the vagina’s ability to self-cleanse itself, allowing the deposition of unwanted material inside the uterine tract that can cause irritation, infections, and serious reproductive health issues.

Many users also reported bowel strain and constipation as some of the potential risks of using yoni eggs in addition to muscle spasms in the pelvic floor, lower abdominal pain, pelvic muscle pain, and pain during penetrative sex. 

However, if one needs to use a yoni egg, they can do so with extra precautions. Women who are menstruating, have an active vaginal infection, suffer from IUI, or are pregnant should avoid using yoni eggs.

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Fibroids and Birth Control Pills

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus and the most common pelvic tumor in women. In some cases fibroids can increase the heaviness of the menstrual flow.

While taking birth control pills can reduce the heavy flow, they will not reduce the size of the fibroids. In fact, birth control pills may cause the fibroids to grow larger. Fibroids are very responsive to hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.

Since estrogen causes fibroids to grow, women with fibroids will need to stay away from hormonal birth control that uses large doses of estrogen.

Low-dose estrogen birth control pills and also progestin-only mini pills are safe for women with fibroids to take.

Black women are hit hardest by fibroids, diagnosed roughly three times as frequently as white women and with more severe symptoms.

Nearly a quarter of Black women between 18 and 30 have fibroids compared to about 6%  white women, according to some national estimates.

By age 35, that number increases to 60%. Black women are also two to three times more likely to have recurring fibroids or suffer from complications. If you are diagnosed with fibroids, do your own research so you can understand the terms and make the best decision for yourself. 

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Birth Control And Depression

There are so many things that impact our mood externally, such as diet and environment. However, our brain chemicals and hormones play a massive role as well. So, for women, anything that affects our reproductive hormones, like the menstrual cycle and contraception are very significant.

If you think your pill is messing with your emotions, you are not alone. There is a lot of women online who question whether certain forms of birth control worsens or triggers depression. Methods like the the pill, IUD, patches and rings also involve hormonal changes, so there’s a high possibility of them interfering with your mood. In fact, almost half of women give up on the pill within the first year because of the unwanted side effects on their mental health.

In this article, we will see how hormonal birth control could affect depression and how strong the evidence is.

 

How Birth Control Works

In our normal menstrual cycle, there are two female hormones at work-progestin and estrogen. They alternatively rise and fall, which triggers the process of ovulation and menstruation. Birth control also contains these two hormones (though they’re made in a lab). It combines with our own hormonal changes to stop the process of ovulation.

In a normal 28-day menstrual cycle, estrogen levels reach their highest around the half-way mark. This is when most women feel the best emotionally. Hormonal contraceptives tries to flatten out this curve for the first three weeks, and then progestin and estrogen levels both take a nose dive in the final week.

 

Links Between Birth Control And Depression

It is true that women on birth control do report worsened anxiety and depression than those who are not taking hormonal birth control. While there is plenty of anecdotal evidence linking birth control to worsening depression, the research on this is still limited and doctors can not officially make a definitive conclusion. However, there have been some research studies carried out that hints a possible link.

One study in Denmark followed healthy young women (who had no history of mental illness) in the 15-34 age group to see whether there is a link between being on birth control and antidepressant prescriptions. The duration of the study spanned 14 years.

The results found that women who went on birth control had a 50% higher chance of being diagnosed within the first 6 months than those who weren’t on birth control. They also found that the risk is greater for teenagers (15-19) whose brains were still forming, and for non-oral methods of hormonal birth control (IUD, ring, patch).

In a more recent version of the study, they also looked at any links between hormonal birth control and attempted suicides. They found that women on birth control were twice as likely to attempt suicide than those who aren’t taking it. It sounds pretty grim, so why haven’t doctors made a definitive conclusion?

Truth is that there are too many variables affecting our mental health and it’s impossible to account for all. Like most scientific studies, it is stressed that just because there is a link between birth control and depression, it doesn’t mean that birth control is the cause of depression. Correlation does not equal causation.

So, should you worry about taking birth control if you are depressed? The only way to know for sure is to talk to your doctor because they may have a deeper understanding of the issue. There may be variables specific to you, that weren’t included in these research studies, and can affect your reaction to hormonal birth control. On the flip side, some women have even reported birth control improving their mood by tackling PMS symptoms.

 

https://ideas.ted.com/how-the-birth-control-pill-affects-your-mood/

https://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/birth-control-mood-link

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/can-hormonal-birth-control-trigger-depression-2016101710514

 

 

 

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Best Scents for Intimacy

Our experience of intimacy goes beyond the physical, it involves all of our senses, particularly sight, taste, sound and smell. People often underestimate the power of scent in improving intimacy, however it goes a long way. Pleasant and welcoming scents make it easier to relax and relieve tension in the body, vastly improving performance and pleasure.

Just like how there are foods and drinks that improve drive, there are also scents that do the same. There’s a reason why scented candles, essential oils and diffusers are very popular. In fact, some studies show that a heightened sense of smell (pleasant of course) correlates to better sexual experiences [1].

So, what are some of the best scented products for improving intimacy? Most of these products that improve intimacy do so by reducing stress and anxiety levels. There are hormones in our body that cause stress, and some scents can reduce those hormone levels.

Here’s a list of some of the best types of scent for improving intimacy:

 

Lavender

No stranger to scented products, lavender is one of the best scents for intimacy. Studies show that the smell of lavender significantly reduced anxiety and stress levels. You can find it in the form of scented candles and essential oil, which is great for intimacy.

Clary Sage

Clary sage is an aromatic flowering herb that is endemic to Mediterranean regions. A study done in 2014 by Lee et al showed that the smell of clary sage reduced cortisol levels in blood plasma [2]. Cortisol is a hormone responsible for feelings of stress and anxiety. It causes all kinds of secondary health problems like inflammation as well. Obviously, you can’t have good intimacy with high levels of cortisol, so clary sage is a great remedy. Clary sage is commonly found as an essential oil, or incorporated into various bath products.

Vanilla

Vanilla is a scent and flavor that almost everyone knows. Its familiarity is what it makes its scent warm and welcoming. When you smell vanilla, you think of the most luxurious desserts and scented products. So, it’s no surprise that it wound up on this list of best scents for intimacy. You can find it in oils, bath bombs, soaps and a host of other toiletries. For an added twist, you can look for products that incorporate both vanilla and cinnamon.

Jasmine

Jasmine has a strong, floral scent that is highly popular in Eastern cultures like India and South East Asia. It is a popular scent not just in perfumes, but also for intimacy. Jasmine flowers contain a compound called indole, which is ironically quite pungent on its own. However, indole is found in our intimate areas too. With jasmine, it produces a scent that invokes feelings of confidence and pleasure.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood is another fragrant plant that has been around for over 4,000 years. It has the benefit of appealing to both men and women. In fact, a study among women showed that when they inhaled the scent of sandalwood, they experienced a major improvement in mood and arousal. [3]

 

[1]- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29721723

[2]- https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24802524

[3]- https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-2006-941544

 

 

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