Let’s talk about sex, shall we?

I know, it’s one of those subjects practically guaranteed to make you squirm in embarrassment, no matter your gender, and no matter your age.

But it’s also one of the number one things people ask me about when I put on my doctor’s cap; and for good reason, since people generally know very little about sexual health and they typically avoid talking about it like it’s the plague.

Well, that is until a problem pops up in the bedroom, of course.

And that’s a darn shame, because a fulfilling sex life is every bit as important for leading a healthy, happy life as looking out for your ticker, brain and joints.

Look, let’s face facts. As we age our bodies go through a lot of changes, both inside and out, and some of those changes are bound to affect our sexuality as well. But it’s important to remember that it’s natural, and not something to feel embarrassed about. After all, we’re ALL in the same boat here… so just relax (which, incidentally, is not bad advice for the bedroom, too.)

Now you know that I’m a fan of the natural approach, and luckily Mother Nature hasn’t let us down one bit when it comes to getting our sex lives back on track. In fact, there are three herbs for sexual health that have a great record for reigniting the sparks in many a love life.

Make out more with Maca

Let’s start with Maca, which comes to us originally from Peru. This is an incredible herb for sexual health. Maca has been reported to boost libido, energy, stamina, and strength.

It’s thought to work this little bit of magic by helping to stabilize the sex-related hormones testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen. This means, of course, that Maca is good for both the guys and the gals.

Plus Maca is a natural stress buster, which could help you leave behind your day’s troubles and focus on the pleasant task at hand.

Get it on with Ginkgo

When it comes to sex, Ginkgo Biloba is another natural winner as far as herbs for sexual health. This Asian herb has been used for literally thousands of years in Chinese medicine, and its success boils down to its ability to boost blood flow. As we age, gunked-up arteries can become a problem slowing the blood flow through our entire system.

For the guys this, of course, means that blood flow to the penis can be interrupted, resulting in erectile issues. Ginkgo’s proven ability to improve blood flow may be able to help reverse this effect, leading to stronger and easier to achieve erections.

And ladies, blood flow is just as important for you. Gingko reportedly stimulates the flow of blood through capillaries that are right below the surface of the skin which can increase sensitivity and sensation… definitely a plus between the sheets!

I should mention that if you are on a blood thinner you need to be cautious with Ginkgo, since it works on blood flow as well. Check with your doc before trying this one out.

ALL night lovemaking with Ashwaganda

Ashwaganda completes our titillating trifecta of herbs for sexual health. Often used in Ayurvedic healing for restoring vitality, in Sanskrit the name literally translates to “the smell of a horse”… referring to the herb’s reported ability to impart the strength of a stallion to those who take it.

Vitality and strength are obvious benefits when it comes to lovemaking and, as you might expect, Ashwaganda has long been used to enhance the sex lives of both men and women. But the herb’s abilities don’t stop there.

Earlier I mentioned the importance of relaxation when it comes to the bedroom. Let’s face it, “performance anxiety” is a heck of a mood killer. If you’re feeling worried about the ability to get an erection if you’re a guy… or the ability to relax and enjoy yourself if you’re a gal… having a good time is probably not on the evening’s menu.

But Ashwaganda comes to the rescue here too. The herb is believed to naturally reduce anxiety and ward off the effects of stress, making it one of the perfect herbs for sexual health.

Oh, and whatever you do don’t fall into the Viagra trap. There’s nothing “natural” about how that stuff works. And don’t even get me started on the potential side effects of prescription penis pills. We’re talking everything from a stuffy nose (sounds real sexy doesn’t it?) to sudden vision loss. Visit the NorthStar blog to get the rest of the scoop.

Look, these are the best years of your life. You’ve earned them! So don’t let the natural changes in your body put a damper on things. A little intervention with herbs for sexual health could be the key to getting your love life back on track. Why not heat it up in the bedroom by giving one (or all three) of these herbs a try?

Just be sure to watch out for the fireworks!