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With Valentine's Day right around the corner, everyone is talking about aphrodisiacs. So, I thought I'd add to the conversation with a few of my favorite herbal aphrodisiacs and our Chocolate Love EliXXXir.
An aphrodisiac is a food, plant or herb, spice or substance that increases sexual desire, sexual pleasure, or sexual behavior... MEOW! 

Chocolate Love EliXXXir 

Years ago when I first formulated the Chocolate Love EliXXXir, I was primarily making it as an aphrodisiac elixir for both women and men. The first batch was more focused on women's herbs. However, over the years I keep reformulating the elixir to arrive to where it is now. Our Chocolate Love EliXXXir is now truly a great and balanced whole body tonic for both men and women.

You will notice the plants I mention below have similar or complementary actions that will work synergistically when used together to address some potential imbalances that can cause a low libido. 



Theobroma cacao

Cacoa Beans

Herbal actions of Cacao are: it’s high in antioxidant, cardiotonic, nervine, nutritive and stimulant and aphrodisiac.

Cacao/Chocolate: comes from the fruit of cacao trees that are native to Central and South America. The fruits are called pods and each pod contains around 40 cacao beans. Like all plants cacao, is made up of a number of constituents and some of these chemical constituents help create the feel good, "chocolate love" high we can get from eating or drinking chocolate. Cacao has a high concentration of phenylethylamine, a chemical produced in our brain when we feel love which is why we can have a lovely "blissed out effect" from eating chocolate! So a lot of feel good vibes coming from this delicious and sacred plant.


Withania somnifera


Some of ashwagandha's herbal actions are: adaptogenic, nutritive, nervine, rejuvenative, cardiotonic and aphrodisiac

Ashwagandha: is a wonderful plant that is part of the nightshade family and has a long history of being used as an aphrodisiac. We grow abhwagandha here in Maine as an annual and harvest the root in mid-fall. This plant is widely used in Ayurveda and is considered a rassayna, which is a tonic or nourishing herb. Tonics herbs or nourishing herbs are ones that can be used on a regular basis. I love using this plant for nourishment and supporting healthy nervous system, cardiovascular system, and reproductive system.


Rosa rugosa

Rosa Rugosa

Some of the herbal actions of Rose are: cardiotonic, nervine, nutritive, anti–depressant, digestive stimulant, cleansing, nerivine, aphrodisiac.

Rose: has a long history of being connected with the heart and love. On a physiological level rose is lovely for the nervous system, female reproductive system and cardiovascular system. Energetically, rose offers love, support, and kindness to hearts that are broken, grieving or that have walled themselves off. Rose loving holds the heart and bares witness to whatever that person is going through. 



Cinnamomum verum


Some of cinnamon’s actions are: circulatory stimulant, antioxidant, nervine and aphrodisiac.

Cinnamon: supports the nervous system, digestive system, and reproductive system and may increase energy and vitality. I like using cinnamon as a catalyst, bringing warmth to blends asI think it has a way of synergistically pulling the other plants together. Not to mention it's sweetness just tastes so good.


These herbs work so well together and perhaps it is the synergistic qualities that make them such amazing herbs connecting our emotional and physical heart. Each herb on its own has incredible properties but perhaps it is the combination of them, in the right amounts, that sends our heart and mind a flutter. And, as all of these herbs help support good digestion and a healthy nervous system, we can be cool as a cucumber and certainly feel like our libido is being supported by these tonic herbs.