by Faye Sakellaridis
We’re at our sexiest when we’re at our healthiest. Things that wear us down physically and emotionally, like stress, pain, or fatigue, can keep us from fully connecting with our partners in the bedroom. Aphrodisiacs help tune our bodies and open our hearts to our deepest wells of sensuality. While some aphrodisiacs are primarily focused on heart-opening and should be taken as needed, others function more like multi-vitamins, meant to be taken daily to keep our physical and emotional bodies vibrant and energized.
Emanuael Donvan of Emanuel’s Elixirs, a line of potent herbal aphrodisiac elixirs, created the Men and Women’s Aphrodisiac Elixirs for exactly that purpose. I spoke with him about these tonics and what makes them uniquely fortifying to men and women, and how they help us stay connected to our sexual cores.
Both tonics contain adaptogen herbs (adaptogens help our bodies deal with stress more efficiently) that support overall vitality for men and women: hawthorn, ginkgo, schisandra, fenugreek, and oat seed. Each herb aids our body’s internal functions and restore our physical and emotional well-being.
“Hawthorn aids our cardiovascular system, while Gingko helps us circulate blood better throughout the body, and keeps our blood more oxygenated. This helps our brain get more nutrients, which promotes overall vitality and mental clarity. Schisandra supports our liver function, which helps eliminate toxins from our body more efficiently. Fenugreek is an old, very nourishing herb used by the ancient Egyptians. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, which women need to make milk. Oat Seed is nourishing to the brain, and one of the best remedies for feeding the nervous systems, especially when the patient is under stress.”
Combined, these herbs restore our physical and emotional well-being, helping us feel more primed for sex. It’s as simple as what Emanuel says: “When you’re feeling better, you’re going to get hornier.”
The Daily Women’s Tonic contains two herbs that are tailored for women’s needs: chaste tree berry extract, which alleviates menstrual discomfort, and the shatavari root, which harmonizes hormones and helps with vaginal dryness, dry skin, and lack of libido. In Ayurvedic medicine, Shatavari is translated to mean “she who can have a hundred husbands.” Speaks volumes about its power!
In The Daily Men’s Tonic, the Saw Palmetto Berry and Goji are specifically included for men. Saw Palmetto Berry, which is fruit from a palm tree, is rich in fatty acids and helps with prostate health. It also stops the breakdown of testosterone into its byproduct dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, which is associated with decreased sex drive. The Goji berry is a powerful antioxidant that is believed to boost sexual function in men by improving circulation. It’s also been shown to be helpful against erectile dysfunction.
Both blends are carefully concocted to help us feel radiant, and improve the bodily systems necessary to an active libido. Not that we need to have a partner on the horizon to feel the benefits. Boosting your libido translates to benefits outside the bedroom too. As Emanuel says, “sexual vitality is an expression of our physical and emotional well-being.”