Are you looking for a way to boost to your libido without any negative side effects? Look no further than making a tincture with fresh herbs. Tinctures are natural extracts free of any man-made chemicals with ingredients you can actually pronounce. They are safer, your body absorbs them quicker, and you can make them at home.

Here is an introduction to tinctures and which herbs you should use in them if you are trying to increase your sex drive.

What is a tincture?

Before you run off buying herbs, you should probably know a thing or two about the tincture you plan on turning them into. A tincture is a liquid extract that is derived from herbs. Seeing as the extract is highly concentrated, it needs to be combined with a solvent so that the tincture becomes diluted. Typically, the most popular choice for solvent is a pure alcohol such as vodka. However, a non-alcoholic tincture can be created by substituting the vodka with apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerine.

Tinctures are intended to be taken orally. Using a medicine dropper, you can insert the liquid underneath the tongue directly or put a few drops into other liquids to make a tea.

No matter how you consume a tincture, it is one of the most effective and efficient ways to reap the benefits of herbs. The reason tinctures are so useful is because the extracts of the herbs enter your bloodstream more directly when taken under the tongue as compared to taking medicine in pill form that you swallow and wait to run through your digestive system.

The same rings true for sexual enhancement. Sure, there are prescription drugs on the market that have a proven effectiveness in the bedroom. However, they also come with long wait times and a litany of side effects. Using a tincture will bypass the clock-watching and avoid all the negative effects that come with prescription drugs.

Below is a list of 5 herbs that make for great performance-enhancing tinctures.

5 Herbs that Will Boost Your Libido

Damiana

This medicinal herb derives from an aromatic yellow flower that grows on shrubs in warm climates throughout South America, Central America, and southern United States. What makes damiana such an effective herb for increasing the libido is that the plant is a natural relaxant. This includes the arteries in the penis.

When men ingest damania, the small muscles that are within the penis’ artery walls become relaxed. This allows blood to circulate more freely through the genitals, making for stronger and longer-lasting erections. Studies have shown that damania relaxes arteries in the penis 90% of the time it is ingested, as compared to Viagra, which is effective in relaxing the arteries 46% of the time.

Horny Goat Weed

This herb with the funny name does exactly what you would expect it to, as horny goat weed is a natural aphrodisiac. This was discovered by farmers of earlier generations who found that goats and sheep who ate the plant, also known as epimedium, became more aroused when they were around the opposite sex. Hence the name, horny goat weed.

The active ingredient in epimedium is an antioxidant called icariin. This chemical has anti-aging properties and also works in treating erectile dysfunction the same ways that Viagra does. Icariin contains phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors that enhance the effects of nitric oxide. This is pivotal for optimal male sexual health because nitric oxide helps circulate blood flow throughout the body, including through the shaft of the penis.

Maca Root

This Peruvian root is a bit more mysterious than its other sexual enhancing counterparts. Nobody knows exactly why maca root has such a positive impact on male’s libidos, but studies back up that claim. In one study, men who have reported sexual dysfunction as a side effect of medication taken to battle depression found that taking just 3 grams of maca root daily increased their libido. However, it should be pointed out that those who only took 1.5 grams of maca root did not report a change in their sexual desires.

Nettle Root

Nettle root has been used in medicine for centuries, dating back to the days of Ancient Greece. It consists of heart shaped leaves accentuated by beautiful pink or yellow flowers. Not only is nettle root pretty to look at, but it’s the perfect herb for boosting your testosterone.

Chemical compounds within the herb interact with the sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG). SHBG is a protein that is responsible for carrying hormones such as testosterone into the blood. If SHBG becomes depleted in the body, so can the amount of testosterone. Nettle root works with SHBG to make sure that it functions properly, naturally increasing the amount of testosterone in your bloodstream in the process.

Tongkat Ali

This southeast Asian herb restores the male sex drive. It has been medically proven that tongkat ali can boost the amount of testosterone in the body. The way tongkat ali does this is through a class of peptides within the herb’s chemical makeup called eurypeptides. These chemicals increase the amount of free testosterone  within the body due in part to the eurypeptides’ ability to alleviate the SHBG.

How to Make a Tincture

There are many ways to go about making a tincture, and they all depend on the type of herbs you use. No matter how you go about making a tincture, you will need the following supplies:

Depending on the herbs you use, preparing the tincture in the glass jar will be unique to the type of plant. However, once the jar is prepared, scroll down to “Finishing Your Tincture.”

LEAVES AND FLOWERS:

FRESH:

  1. Clean the herbs and finely chop them to release the juices and expose surface areas.
  2. Fill the glass jar ⅔ of the way with the chopped herb.
  3. Cover the plants in the jar completely with the solvent. Fill jar to the top.

DRIED:

  1. Clean the herbs and finely chop them to release the juices and expose surface areas.
  2. Fill the jar ½ to ¾ full with herb.
  3. Cover the plants in the jar completely with the solvent. Fill jar to the top.

BARKS, BERRIES, ROOTS:

FRESH:

  1. Clean the herbs and finely chop them to release the juices and expose surface areas.
  2. Fill the jar ⅓ to ½ with the barks, berries, or roots
  3. Cover the plants in the jar completely with the solvent. Fill jar to the top.

DRIED:

  1. Clean the herbs and finely chop them to release the juices and expose surface areas.
  2. Fill the jar ¼ to ⅓ with the barks, berries, or roots
  3. Cover the plants in the jar completely with the solvent. Fill jar to the top
  4. Expect the roots and berries to double in size when they are reconstituted.

FINISHING YOUR TINCTURE

  1. Store the jar in a cool, dry, dark place.
  2. Shake the tincture several times a week.
  3. Check the solvent levels. If the solvent has begun to evaporate and the herb is no longer completely covered, top off the jar with extra solvent. Don’t allow too much air in, as tinctures can grow mold and bacteria when exposed.
  4. Allow the mixture to become an extract. This can take up 6-8 weeks.
  5. After the waiting period, dampen a cheesecloth and drape it over a funnel.
  6. Pour the contents of the jar into the cheesecloth-covered funnel and into an amber glass bottle.
  7. Allow the tincture to drip in. Once you are done, wring out the cheesecloth for any remaining tincture.
  8. Keep the tincture in a cool, dark place. It should last you many years.

Life-Changing Tinctures

Tinctures are a healthy, safe, and natural way to increase your libido. You no longer need to have embarrassing conversations with your doctor or self-conscientiously pick up prescriptions at the pharmacy. In the privacy of your own home, you can reignite that spark in your bedroom in an instant with the use of a tincture.

Simply use one of the five herbs suggested above and make your own tincture at home. After 6 to 8 weeks, your extract will be complete. With a single drop under your tongue, libido-increasing chemicals will enter your bloodstream quicker than any pill. Your sexual desire and performance will rapidly increase without any negative side effects. Tinctures have the power to not only change your sex life, but your everyday life as well.