Libido is a person’s desire to involve in sexual activity. Factors like stress, anxiety, health issues and age affect libido. Low libido might affect interpersonal relationship, self-esteem and sexual wellness.
FACTORS AFFECTING FEMALE LIBIDO
According to the Charaka Samhita, the three main pillars of a healthy life are a balanced diet, proper sleep and a healthy sex and marital life. The importance of sexual wellness is clearly indicated in the Ayurvedic texts. In a fast-paced lifestyle, women handle multiple things. Women juggle between family and career balancing tight work schedules and shouldering family responsibilities. This sort of stress in life could make women feel fatigued which in turn can result in low sexual desire. To keep this stress and anxiety at bay, women can try to lead a balanced lifestyle with the following:
● Regular exercise
● Periodic health check ups
● Good sleep hygiene
● Eating nutritious healthy food
● Pursuing a hobby
● Open communication with spouse/partner
● Work on quality of intimate relationship
Estrogen, the sex-related hormone can affect sexual desire in women. Also, women who are in premenopausal stage and postmenopausal stage experience a lull in libido because of hormonal changes. Vaginal dryness, Vaginismus, Vaginitis and Dyspareunia are other health concerns that that affect the sexual wellness of women.
AYURVEDIC HERBS TO BOOST LIBIDO
There are natural ways to boost libido using Ayurvedic herbs. Here 6 Ayurvedic herbs are listed that help in the intimate wellness of women.
Asparagus racemosus – Shatavari -Shatavari is an aphrodisiac for women, and it increases energy levels due to its tonic and calming properties. It helps to regulate the hormone levels and protects the reproductive system in females, helps improve insulin sensitivity, enhances fertility as well.
Withania somnifera – Ashwagandha – A potent aphrodisiac, it increases blood flow to the female sexual organs, thereby promotes sexual desire. It controls mood swings, reduces stress levels, anxiety and improves sleep. Helps with blood sugar control.
Crocus sativus – Kumkuma (Kesar/Saffron) – Improves libido and sexual vigour, stimulates digestion and prevents menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Hemidesmus indicus – Shvetha Sariba – The benefits of Sariba are endless. It is used for treating skin ailments, fighting fever, relieving cough, cold or asthma, preventing vaginitis, urinary tract infections and menorrhagia. It regularizes the menstrual cycle. This herb is also an aphrodisiac and induces sexual desire.
Tribulus terrestris – Gokshura – A versatile ayurvedic ingredient, Gokshura is an aphrodisiac. It is helpful to reduce menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes, night sweats, sleep issues, low mood, irritability, vaginal dryness and low libido). This ayurvedic ingredient helps to improve libido and boost vitality in women.
Pueraria tuberosa – Vidari – Helps reduce the symptoms of menopause and balance Vata dosha, manages blood pressure, helps reduce muscle pain and fatigue, helps reduce symptoms of flu, helps reduce weakness and nourishes the female reproductive system.
Most women are aware of the importance of their physical, mental, emotional and hormonal well-being and the factors affecting it. But are they willing to take the step to lead a healthy life? Change can happen only when women think that their health is their responsibility. “When women take care of their health, they become their own best friend” says Maya Angelou, a poet.
It is imperative that women pay attention to their health and overall well-being to lead a healthy life. Ayurveda is the life medicine that helps in achieving intimate wellness.