10 Herbs and Spices to Heat Up Your Sex Drive


Have things not been as hot as you’d like in the bedroom lately? Perhaps you find yourself saying “not tonight honey more often than you’d like. Stress, exhaustion, hormonal fluctuations and less than optimal health can all leave you feeling less than your sexiest and just a little blah, which can adversely affect your sex life.

Since a healthy sex life is a stress buster, joy inducer, and is really good way to connect in your relationship, sex isn’t something you want to let go by the wayside. The yogis will say not to overdo sex too much, but finding a good balance is the key. So if you’ve been turning your partner down a little more in the bedroom that you’d like, perhaps it’s time to turn to some natural spices to turn the heat up.

1. Saffron

These little yellow threads add flavor and color to the traditional rice dish paella. While saffron is expensive, a tiny bit goes a long way. Large amounts can result in overdose (so don’t take it as a supplement), but just a thread or two can increase sex drive, according to a 2011 University of Guelph study presented in the journal Food and Research International. Saffron also has antioxidant qualities and supplies selenium, zinc, potassium, and magnesium. Try making some saffron brown rice.

2. Fenugreek

The seeds of this plant are commonly found in curries, and other Indian cuisine. The spice itself has a warm, intriguing flavor. A Centre for Integrative Clinical and Molecular Medicine study conducted in 2011 showed that taking fenugreek increased the sex drive in low-libido men. Fenugreek may also help lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, and lactating women have used the spice for decades to increase milk production. Fenugreek seeds are also one of the easiest seeds to sprout, and one of my personal faves.

3. Fennel

This licorice-flavored herb looks a little like celery with lacy fronds at the top. You can chop fennel stalks and add them to foods much like you would celery, or use the fronds to flavor foods. You can also grind the seeds as a spice. The ancient Egyptians used fennel to boost women’s libido, and it turns out there is a good reason it worked. Fennel contains chemicals that may increase sex drive. Fennel is also used to aid digestion, assist with lactation, and to loosen phlegm in bronchial passages. Okay, I admit I personally think licorice is just nasty, but if you like it it will be great for you to use for your benefit!

4. Cloves

This warming, slightly sweet spice increases blood flow and body temperature. Cloves also increase energy and ingesting them leaves you sweetly scented. All of these serve to create a powerful sexual attractant. Cloves are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, manganese, and vitamin K, and they contain eugenol, which serves as an antiseptic and mild anesthetic.

5. Garlic

It always makes me chuckle when I include garlic on a list of sex-enhancing foods. After all, people on dates often avoid garlic because they don’t want to kill the mood with smelly breath when the evening turns to romance. Still, regardless of how it makes your breath smell, the high levels of allicin in garlic improves blood flow to your sexual organs, and that’s a turn on. So what’s more important??? There’s always parsley for your breath. Garlic is also great for your heart, and it has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. For the perfect dish for your next date night, try out my quinoa stuffed peppers.

6. Ginger

How much do I love ginger? This warming herb comes from the root of the ginger plant, and it imparts a spicy, slightly sweet flavor and scent. Like garlic, ginger increases blood flow, especially to the sexual organs. It also warms you up, and it smells a lot better than garlic. Many cultures have used ginger as an aphrodisiac, and Dr. Mehmet Oz confirmed it on a recent show, when he listed ginger as one of his top 4 libido boosters. Ginger is also high in potassium, magnesium, and copper. It is a great anti-nausea substance, and has anti-inflammatory effects.

7. Cardamom

The ancient healing art of Ayurveda recommends cardamom for low libido. This spice contains high levels of cineole, which increases blood flow to the male and female sexual regions. That may increase desire. Cardamom also balances doshas (Ayurvedic body energies), and has detoxifying properties. I use cardamom in my home-made chai teas.

8. Nutmeg

Another sweetly scented spice, nutmeg has long been used in Indian culture as a very popular libido booster. In Africa, many people refer to nutmeg as “Viagra for women.” Researchers at the Aligarh Muslim University in Aligarh, India tested nutmeg as an aphrodisiac using animal studies and found that it did, indeed, increase sexual behaviors. It is great sprinkled on top of sweet potatoes.

9. Cayenne

It only make sense that hot peppers will cause a little sizzle in the bedroom. Cayenne and similar hot peppers not only heat up the body, but they also speed metabolism and increase blood flow to sensitive areas. Eating cayenne also gives you an attractive, flushed appearance, which may help heat things up for your partner, as well. Cayenne may also be beneficial to heart health, and could help you lose weight by firing up your metabolism.

10. Basil

This sweet herb has a pleasant taste and stimulating scent that is known to increase sex drive. In fact, Italians call Basil “Kiss me Nicholas,” and ancient Greeks served basil to horses to before they bred them. Many attribute basil’s sweet scent with its sex-boosting properties, so take a heady whiff and see if it doesn’t get you in the mood!



Last updated: Friday, June 19, 2015
  • Evonne

    Hi Kim!

    Homemade chai tea sounds yummy! Any chance you would be willing to share the recipe?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      I use rooibos chai typically, and steep the tea and the cardomom first. Then I heat up hemp or almond milk, and go 5050 with the water and milk, adding stevia to sweeten. xx

  • Daisy

    Hey Kim,

    Can you talk to how do birth control pills affect sex drive? It would be great if you could write a post on the pill in general.



    • Shannon

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  • Marina

    This very interesting, thank you for sharing!

  • KK

    Hi Kim,
    I read your blog all the time,love it. Tnx for all the great info. I do have a question though, my bowel seems to always get blocked even though I keep a clean diet. I get acne on my neck. What do you suggest I do?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Try colonics or the magnesium oxygen supplement I recommend. xx

      • Nora

        Where can u buy the magnesium oxygen supplement?

  • Nicole

    Hi Kim :-)

    I was wondering where I can find coconut yogurt? Also, is there a particular brand of millet bread you’d recommend that I can find at Trader Joes?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      You can find coconut yogurt at health stores. Millet bread isn’t at TJ’s I don’t think, but there you can at least get sprouted bread (spelt contains gluten though).

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    That’s so funny that garlic and many of the spices found in curry are good for your sex drive. Hopefully, the other person is eating the same thing. I hear that when a couple eats garlic, it cancels out the usually offensive odor, or something like that. I also heard that it’s better to eat raw garlic for that very reason.

    Love the chai idea. I’ve been drinking the Vanilla Rooibos at Starbucks thanks to your suggestion :-)

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Awesome! So glad Starbucks has it. :)

  • Kate

    What is a good way to eat cloves? Can u put them in chai tea?

    • Kimberly Snyder


  • Sarah

    I just got my latest bloodwork results back…since starting the detox solution, cutting out beans and other things and adding coconut fat to my diet my ldl level has gone from 97 to 115! And I’m vegan! I’m freaking out! Help!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Don’t freak out. Every person’s body is different. Adding the GGS and eating a mostly plant-based diet should improve levels and has for many people. But if it’s not working for you add more beans or add back what you were having before that was working for you. xx

  • janet

    Kimberly, I love drinking the glowing green smoothies, but since I have been having them regularly,I find that I am very thirsty all day long. I can’t seem to quench my thirst, no matter how much water I drink. What do you think this means and what can I do about it?

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi Janet, that is interesting. Usually it works the opposite way. If you are thirsty, maybe your body is rehydrating areas that really need to, such as areas in your digestive tract, which can happen when you transition your diet. Drink lots of water, and see if it passes. If it persists, you ask your doctor about it. xx

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  • Burnish33

    Hello! I bought/read your book and love every bit of info in it! Thank you for all your hard work and efforts! After reading this blog I bought some fenugreek seeds, how do you suggest eating or cooking them? thanks!

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Hi there, wonderful! You can try sprouting them!!

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    Yum, basil and nutmeg are 2 of my absolute favorites!

  • Bex

    Hi Kimberley, love your book. I have a good/disciplined time with the smoothie and eating healthily before pmt starts roughly 10 days before my period. Do you have a smoothie that helps dimish pmt? or any advice on what fruit/veg to eat to diminish pmt? i cave in and start eating rubbish which totally defeats the purpose!
    thank you

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    I too am interested in herbs to help with your sex drive. We got alittle off track. I know I have been told that the maca root is suppose to help stablize your hormones and bring back your sex drive.

    • Kimberly Snyder

      Maca is supposed to do that. I personally prefer to use every day food items and incorporate them into my meals, which can be just as effective. xx

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    Hi, I just read ur 10 herbs & spices list 2 increasing sexual libido. My question may b funny but I hav 2 kno, is this, in a romance novel I read the heroine was kidnapped by a man who wanted 2 marry her 4 nefarious reasons but he had 2 seduce her 1st, so he bought an herb that was boiled an drunk as a tea. According 2 the book it worked in half an hr 2 set the young lady in a state of heightened sexual desires. I can’t recall the name offhand, but I believe it was yohimbe! Can this b used as tea with those results? If so how long do the effects last?

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      Yohimbe is an actual aphrodisiac, though the effects are not that clearly defined.

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  • http://herbs-spices-love.blogspot.com/ Andrea

    Hi Kimberly,

    Thanks for the informative list. I am surprised you limited it to ten as there are so many more that apply! I just ordered some organic Damiana.

    “Damiana is a popular aphrodisiac for men. The alkaloids contained within damiana stimulate blood flow to the genital area thereby increasing sensitivity; some even people report feelings of euphoria. It has also been traditionally used by numerous people for the purpose of enhancing orgasms in women.”

    I highly suggest trying it (*blush*).

    Keep up the great work educating everyone, you are doing a fantastic job and you look amazing!!!


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