Foods and herbs for boosting sex drive in female

Do you want to boost your sex drive? All you need is to move towards your kitchen (yes, not the bedroom).[1]

The key to increasing your sex drive is to go to your kitchen. Here is why.

Food has a vital role in boosting your sex drive. As far as sex drive is concerned in females, there’s nothing wrong or right. It is also necessary to identify the rules of having sex, such as how long you should be having and more.

Sex drive is a bizarre thing and can impact your stress level and menstrual cycle. One small change can have a significant impact on your libido level, thereby affecting any underlying medical condition.[2]

Foods to boost female libido

Boosting female libido isn’t tough. Certain lifestyle changes and food habits can have an essential role in boosting sex drive in the female.[3]

These food items are backed by scientific evidence to increase the desire to have sex. However, it is necessary to note that these studies aren’t something big, so you should keep your dreams and hopes low.

If you are using herbal supplements, it is necessary to be careful of the doses. Try following the manufacturer’s guidelines so that you proceed accordingly.

Some of the prominent food items to boost female libido include the following.


Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular herbal supplements to boost libido and can be consumed in different forms. Few pieces of research have shown that ginkgo has a natural aphrodisiac that helps to enhance sexual activity. But, whether or not ginkgo can actually boost sexual activity in females yet remains a mystery.

Ginkgo biloba is found in different forms in online and offline stores. You may purchase them as capsules, dried leaves, liquid extracts, and tablets.[4]


Studies have shown the antidepressant characteristics of maca. The study also showed that it could help to treat sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. Over the centuries, maca has been used as a potential treatment for boosting sexual desire and fertility.

You can purchase maca from health food stores such as powder, liquid extracts, and capsules.

Red wine

Red wine itself is one of the most prominent aphrodisiacs. Apart from having health benefits, red wine also contributes to improving your performance in bed.[5]

Only a small sample helps to boost the findings. However, you must consume red wine in controlled amounts because too much of it can have a reverse effect. As a rest, it would have a negative impact on libido. Therefore you should consume red wine in moderation.


Fenugreek has been used for centuries in Asian culture for cooking and as supplements. However, a few pieces of research have also shown that Fenugreek is useful for libido.

But most of the researches has been made for male sexual health.


Saffron is one of the most popular spices and is expensive as well. Earlier researches recommended this to be a natural aphrodisiac. One of the studies showed a woman on antidepressants having improved sexual desire within four weeks of saffron consumption.

It is necessary to know about the improvements in sexual arousal and how saffron helps to boost sexual desire.[6]


We can all agree that apples are delicious, but let’s not forget that apples are one of the healthiest fruits and can have a positive impact on our sex drive. One study found that women consuming apple tend to have a better quality of sex life.

However, the direct impact of apples on sexual function is yet unknown. Moreover, there are no major studies related to these.[7]

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris is one of the prominent herbal supplements for boosting libido. Being one of the rare herbs, it is often tough to find out. But you can still get it in the online and offline market in the form of capsules, liquid extracts, and powder.[8]

Foods that claim to act as an aphrodisiac

These foods are considered to help boost libido. But, then these foods are not backed by any strong scientific claim, or even if they are claimed, the effect may not be strong.


As far as an aphrodisiac is concerned, chocolate is one of the most prominent ones. Although many have claimed that chocolate tends to boost libido, a 2006 study showed that chocolate consumption does not have much impact on treating sexual drive.[9]


Honey is rich in antioxidants, but whether or not it can boost sexual drive in females still happens to be a mystery. Scientific studies need to be done to analyze the impact of honey in boosting libido.

Raw oysters

Have you heard the story of Casanova? It is said that he consumed 50 raw oysters each day. Although many men and women have claimed to notice a change in their sex drive with boosted levels, there are no scientific claims to back this up.


Capsaicin is usually found in chili peppers, and it plays a vital role in boosting sex drive. One of the studies showed that capsaicin did help to increase libido in male rats, but there’s no human study.[10]


Chasteberry is referred to as Vitex agnus-castus and monk’s pepper. It is considered to be a healthy herbal supplement for women’s reproductive health.[11]

Further research has shown that chaste berry can ease the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome as well. Nonetheless, strong scientific evidence needs to be done to detect the benefits of sexual drive.


Bananas are considered to be one of the best foods for boosting libido, but there are no scientific claims to back this.[12]

Bananas are rich in potassium and, thus, can help boost testosterone production. Testosterone is primarily a male hormone, but females too have testosterone. Low levels of testosterone in females can interfere with sex drive.[13]

What to avoid?

While there are several foods to consume, there are certain food items that need to be avoided. You wouldn’t want to consume supplements that can have to hamper the overall impact on sex drive. The foods to avoid include[14]

Mad honey: because it contains grayanotoxins that can have side effects such as vomiting, headache, palpitations, and dizziness.

Bufo toad

This is the lethal love stone aphrodisiac, which was used in Chinese medicine chan su. Bufo toad is lethal, but it needs to be avoided since it can sometimes cause hallucinations and even death.[15]

If you have been noticing constant fluctuations in your libido level, you may want to consult a sex therapist or healthcare provider. In some cases, you may also be dealing with hypoactive sexual disease disorder.





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