We would suggest the following herbs:
Panax Ginseng: Used by the Chinese as a tonic for health and longevity. Great for stamina, concentration, stress and overall well-being. It works as an anti-oxidant, releasing nitric oxide that helps erectile functions. 900mg 3x per day. Use on a short-term basis of 6-8 weeks. *Insomnia may be experienced. Avoid use with caffeine, alcohol and some medications. Avoid use with heart complications*.
Horny goat weed: Increases blood flow and improves sexual function. *Avoid if you have low blood pressure or bleeding disorders*.
Gingko Biloba: Maybe great for those that have ED due to medications. *40-60mg capsules twice a day. Avoid if heart complications and if on blood-thinning medications*.
L-arginine: An amino acid that increases blood flow and releases nitric oxide, which helps erectile dysfunction.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Rosemary. Rub the blend over the lower back and abdominal area, as required. Especially effective after a bath.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Rosemary. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
Compress – (Cold or Warm). Add 1 drop of Lavender and 1 drop of Rosemary oil into the water. Gently lay the material onto the surface of the water to attract the film of essential oil. Place the compress over the abdominal area and lower back.
Spritzer – Add a few drops of each oil to a spray bottle of water. (20ml) – add 4 drops of Lavender, 4 drops of Rosemary. Spritz around the room and the bedding. Or you can drop one drop of each oil on the bedding.
Diffuser – Add 5 drops to the burner/diffuser. (2 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Rosemary). Place it in the bedroom.
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime **