Health is sexy no matter how you cut it. So why does everyone suspend their devotion to all things organic and natural during Valentine’s Day? I’m referring to all of the processed candy, plastic doo dads and nylon under things we buy every year. It seems that we are all so busy with trying to come up with gifts for our beloved that we forget that there are plenty of ways that we can maintain and enhance health while getting in touch with our sensual, sexy sides. Here are a few ideas to help you keep things eco-friendly this year whether you are indulging yourself or your lover.
Wear It and Feel Good
Don’t feel like you have to buy all of that synthetic fiber lingerie that proliferates in the market this time of year. There are incredibly comfortable and sexy boudoir clothes made of bamboo, cotton and silk for both men and women. Try the fabulous line of cotton panties from Hide Cheek. They are interwoven with cellulose and zinc oxide to combat bacteria & odor while you work, play, and go about your day.
Who doesn’t like a deep, relaxing massage from their partner? Organic massage oils offer a wonderful way to connect while simultaneously offering both relaxation and arousal. You can mix it up too. There are candles that can be dripped on the skin of a lover. The wax turns into massage oil when heated. And the ingredients of the candles are all good: jojoba, shea butter, vitamin E, and aloe.
Try taking ginseng. After sampling hundreds of natural aphrodisiacs, there is no magic bullet. However, ginseng was the single substance found to exhibit the most consistent results for sexual arousal, and that is because it was most effective in addressing general health.
Sexual dysfunction can definitely put a damper on private Valentine’s Day festivities. You may want to try taking DHEA, yohimbine, horny goat weed or tribulus in low doses. If issues persist, follow up with a medical professional.
Food as Aphrodisiac
When it comes to increasing libido in both men and women, there are some similarities. There are natural nutritional libido boosters like zinc, found in pumpkin seeds. You can increase blood flow to the pelvic region by eating more watermelon. Better erections for men can be achieved by increasing your garlic intake, which helps blood flow to the penis.
Fun in the Bedroom
From ceramic Ben Wa balls, to eco-friendly sex toys made of glass, aluminum and silicone, many adult products are now made of eco-friendly materials and they are rechargeable via the sun, electricity or USB. Organic lubricants not only do what is promised but also can actually leave that intimate skin even more healthy than had you not used it. There are even flavored and warming varieties.
Whole Foods Market offers ways to uplift mood and energy levels with aromatherapy sprays made from pure essential oils and gem essences. In particular, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Jasmine, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang can help address low libido.
Bathing together can create a wonderful romantic interlude or date night in. Whole Foods Market has an entire line of bath crystals and oils. The EO Products “Sinner” bath soak is soothing, warming and relaxing; while the Intimate Body Wash from Lavilin was specially formulated for your most sensitive areas and it’s all natural.
Dr. Kat Van Kirk is currently serving as an expert consultant to Twinlab, and recommends looking for trusted products and brands such as Twinlab nutritional supplements and single-herb teas where you can find many of these recommendations. She is a clinical sexologist and licensed marriage and family therapist, yoga therapist, author and media host. You can find out more about Dr. Kat by visiting www.drkat.com.
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