Low Libido Remedies

| Modified on Sep 07, 2022

Holistic treatment for low libido can be very effective and work quickly to restore hormonal imbalances. Home remedies such as cayenne pepper quickly stimulate the libido, while supplements like Vitamin E can increase blood flow.

What is Low Libido?

Libido is a term that refers to an individual’s sexual desire. It can be likened to the individual’s sexual appetite or craving for the opposite sex. While several factors contribute to a male or female’s libido, several things can also decrease one’s sexual desiring, resulting in low libido. Low libido is often considered a more female problem; however, men can be just as heavily affected by women.

The characteristic symptom of low libido in men and women is specifically a reduction in sexual desire. Additional symptoms may accompany the condition including illness, chronic pain, personal distress, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, menopausal transitions, low testosterone, physical and emotion stress and chronic illness. Low libido often limits the pleasure of sexual encounters as well.

Home Remedies for Low Libido

While treating low libido often requires identifying the exact cause of the issue, several home remedies can be used whatever the cause. Apple cider vinegar taken daily can increase energy levels as well as libido. Additionally, cayenne, coconut oil, horny goat weed and hydrilla can be used as supplements to increase libido. Kyo-greens and mucuna pruriens also boost libido. Women report that vitamin E capsules work well when taken 10 minutes before coitus.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Greenpeach (Atlanta ) on 07/10/2018

OMG ACV works to increase female libido!

There is no question that ACV works for me in the enhancement of my libido. I mix a tablespoon with honey and heat it up. It is a little intense but it is worth it. Totally sick of feeling asexual. This work better than anything.

Replied by Steve
(Westport, New Zealand)

Hi, while I would love to have acv, it seriously disagrees with me! Even diluted... any suggestions?

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Gary (Cut Off, La.) on 08/18/2015

I have been taking Apple Cider Vinegar for 2 weeks now results are great so for, I am 63 yrs. old I have way more energy and way more sex drive. Highly recommended. 3 oz a day.

Replied by Rachel

How do you take it?? Straight or diluted in water??

Replied by Renegade

Don't take ACV neat..it has to be diluted. I have started taking a tablespoon in 8 ounces of water and will see how it goes.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Trisha (Turlock, California) on 07/02/2011

I still can't believe that this remedy has helped me with my sex drive. Just last week my husband was telling me that I was turning into a 80 year old woman. Not to mention that my parents probably get it more than my husband. After taking ACV my husband can't keep me off of him I thought it would be crazy that it would be the Apple Cider Vinegar. I googled it and found this. I take 4 tablespoons mixed with a half of cup of water and 1 tablespoon of natural honey. Once a day tried it for the last week.

Replied by Brian
(Barrie, Nation Ontario)

The technique for massaging and increasing penis length is called Jelq-ing.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

I found something out by accident, then checked a few things out online. Ive been taking Garlic cayenne as a supplement to keep in good health. When I added beet juice, (Beet apple and carrot actually) about the third day I was waking up in the night with unusualy large (@#! %$^&%$).. The only thing different was the beet juice... As I find its been used since roman times as an aphrodesiac. The science says its very high in nitrates! Which open up the small capillaries. Its a very similar bulb as the colius which small cakes were made for the same thing. In fact the colius looks like a small beet. I'm sure they are the same family of plants and very good for the health in many ways.. Try this and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Replied by Colly

Me too. I like..

Replied by Philip

After reading all about ACV I am going to try it myself to get that double reaction too

Replied by Horace

How long did the apple cider vinegar take to start working in your system

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Michael (Clarksville, Indiana) on 09/03/2008

I have started taking Apple Cider Vinegar two days ago...And I am having a side effect that no one else so far has reported. My sex drive has doubled. As well as my energy has went through the roof. No weight yet but have only been taking it for a couple of days...Will update later...

Replied by Norbert
(Lisbon, Portugal)

sorry my english. I have the same experience. About 1 week on ACV (2 tablespoons) with baking soda (1/4 teaspoon) twice day, my sexual energy has doubled. I has a normal erection, after some years with probs about this concern.

Replied by Kira
(Barcelona, Spain)

I am a 48 year-old-woman, in menopause, and after taking ACV for a month I have had the same sexual side effect and much more energy. It ´s really incredible! Plus, I have cured my sinus infections at last!

Replied by Susan
(Sydney, Australia)

I also experienced a libido increase. I am 37, recovering alcoholic and drink 2 tbs of ACV per day, also 1 tbs of molasses per day. I have had trouble with low libido for 5 years and it has increased this past week by approximately 50 percent! Also energy has increased greatly!

Replied by John
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

A side question for the guy who was doing the penis exercises. Not sure if they were stride jumps, burpees or what. Lol I'm sure most of us would like to see more of this, a lengthier version so to speak. Thanks.


Replied by Horace

How long does it take for the apple cider vinegar to start working in your system?


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Posted by MarieFrance (Pouzauges) on 06/06/2022

I'm a 49 year old woman in perimenopause and my libido has vanished. So I was looking here on Earth Clinic for ideas and saw "cayenne pepper." Fine, I'll give it a try, I said. I drank a quarter teaspoon in a glass of water twice a day yesterday and nothing happened for me. I mentioned it to my 51 year old husband, whose "principal" works just fine, and he tried some the next morning. Two hours later there was a "massive development" on his side. So, if you're a man, give it a try. If you're a woman, hope you have better luck than I did. 4 stars because I'm happy for my husband, the new Cayenne Fan Club President. Pfff.

Posted by Myrto (Baltimore) on 07/23/2013

I lost my libido when I went on birth control pills, and after taking them for three months I switched to a non-hormonal copper IUD. After stopping, I waited six months and still experienced a very low sex drive (not as low as while on the pill, but still quite low). It was having a very negative affect on my sex life, so I looked into remedies and tried cayenne pepper. I am only posting this because the results were so profound. Within 20 minutes of taking it (I stirred it into some water) my sex drive skyrocketed and I experienced an amount of lubrication that I had very rarely experienced in the 9 months prior. I took it again for the next few days, and my libido remained high. It continued to increase for the next few weeks, although I stopped taking the cayenne. I am not sure what exactly the cayenne did, but I no longer suffer from decreased sex drive, and I have not taken cayenne in over a month. It somehow broke through the wall that was keeping me from arousal. I would say that it could be coincidental, but my libido literally began to improve dramatically 20 minutes after my first dose of cayenne, and has been consistently high since then.

Replied by Cathy
(Powder Springs, Ga)

WoW! I need to know the recipe-how much did you take and how much water. Thanks.

Replied by Nicole

How much cayenne did you mix in water?

Replied by Sue

I had the same experience. I am in perimenopause and have almost zero interest in sex. Probably 20-30 minutes after taking cayenne pepper, I wanted sex. Lubrication was greatly increased and the orgasm was unbelievable. I started taking 1/4 teaspoon twice a day-just started yesterday.

My energy has been really good and my achy knees and legs feel at least 90% better. I can't wait to see how I feel in a couple months.

Posted by Jeremiah (Miami, Fl) on 07/21/2012

Cayenne pepper has improve my sex life, I'm getting good circulation through out my body, a Gr8 stimulant. That has always been in my seasoning, spice & herb rack. My girlfriend thinks it's viagra (not)! I told her years ago it was cayenne pepper.

Posted by Gary (Mobile, AL) on 10/21/2008

I have been using cayenne pepper for years on food since I love spicy foods. Since I have been taking it as a tea my sinus issues have finished! However, I have found one side-effect that may not be a bad thing; at times about 30 minutes after drinking the tea I get a Viagra effect. Must be increased circulation? I am a believer and always take it with me when traveling.

Replied by Jenny
(Perth, Wa)

Hah, this makes me laugh! I drank a teaspoon in warm water yesterday to try and get rid of a bronchial/lung issue (didn't work) but yep, hubby got some action last night.. And I normally have NO libido! ;) It did make me wonder, so I looked it up here today, and here we are!


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Posted by Kv (Wisconsin) on 10/14/2018

(Just had to share because I came upon this remedy by accident.)

A very unexpected but welcome side effect I experienced when I started taking Chlorophyll drops. I initially started taking a daily dose in a large bottle of water because my blood pressure is so low; as a woman around period time, I was always completely wiped out and exhausted. I wondered if my iron was low, and that lead me to try chlorophyll, which is a blood builder. A week or two in, I saw a very drastic increase in my drive. Like, a huge increase. It came out of the blue and I can only attribute it to the drops. This stuff makes you feel not only energized but I feel like it really increases blood flow to every part of your body.

Replied by Ana
(Bc Canada)

What brand of chlorophyll drops did you used, and how many?

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Joy (Nashville, Tn, Usa) on 05/04/2013

Coconut oil to improve libido: For about 6 years I have struggled with low libido. I tried to always be there for my husband but it wasn't as much fun for either of us when I didn't really care to.

About a month ago I started trying to make sure I got plenty of sleep & I also started taking a spoonful (not measured) of virgin coconut oil every morning with my coffee. I suspect the coconut oil is the real winner here, but solving my sleep deficiency helped a lot too.

As long as you aren't allergic it couldn't hurt to try.

Replied by Joy
(Battleground, Wash)

Rosemary tea, from spice section, put in tea ball and steep in cup of water.... Only one cup a day or could affect thyroid.... Body may gain circulation and start to tingle.... And you will fell more in love than before.

WARNING; I was drinking three cups a day , because doc oz said it was okay... Not okay: but after three cups a day for three weeks.... Learned not to do that!

I would try to take a sip and it turned into foam in my mouth and couldn't swallow and had to spit it out. Tried again the next day... same thing happened.

I do recommend a cup a day for circulation.

Replied by Aussielady007
(Sterling Heights, Mi)

Finding show that rosemary can trigger seizures.

Cold Showers

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Posted by Gokhals (Ca, Usa) on 11/10/2013 34 posts

I was looking through cold showers, which led to cold thermogenesis. Tried cold showers as a lark. What an array of benefits. Better digestion, better skin, higher quality sleep, better energy and a completely unexpected side effect, better libido. Ladies, try this before you try hormones etc.

Horny Goat Weed

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Posted by Silver (Hardy, Arkansas, USA) on 09/23/2012

hello. I am very surprised that no one mentioned horny goat weed, epimedium grandiflorum, as of use for low libido. one to two 00 capsules (aprox 480mg each) taken about an hour before sex, works well for both men and women. I am post menopausal, and have a lot of the issues that go with this. I have rediscovered my sex drive lol. a word of warning, if you have high blood pressure, use with caution, as horney goat weed can raise bp, especially in males. Also, DO NOT use the capsules that are sold at adult stores, as these have been cut with who knows what, and contain very little of the actual herb.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky)
2063 posts

Silver: thanx for your post on the efficacy of HGW. This is one I haven't yet tried, but I have good results w/ Tribulis, Ginsing, and Macca. Recently I read how Avena Sativa is very good enhancer and the results were noticeably profound at first use, but always work. If I understand correctly, the Wild Oats (Avena Sativa) doesn't work like the other T boosters in that it doesn't actually increase the production of Testosterone but helps the body utilize what is already floating around in the bloodstream, thereby increasing tissue concentrations of T (where it counts).

In conclusion, always use Avena Sativa in combination w/ the many other T boosting herbs for maximum effect. In addendum, supplementing the mineral Selenium also enhances the sex.

Replied by Ed2010
(Oakville, Canada)

Avena Sativum is the common oats, so what is wild oats, there are even couple of wild oats refered by wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Oats. So which is the wild oats and how it can be used?

Hot Paprika

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Posted by RB (Somewhere in Europe) on 03/07/2022 84 posts

I have tried hot paprika for low libido, but absolutely nothing happened. I kept taking heaping teaspoons of hot paprika in a little warm water, but it made no difference. My libido never improved.

EC: Try cayenne, not paprika.

Replied by RB
(Somewhere in Europe)
84 posts

I mentioned *hot paprika* because it is stronger than cayenne. I was talking about *hot paprika* which is the same as regular paprika; except it's made from fully matured, spicy peppers. *Hot paprika* is so hot that oftentimes you cannot eat your food, regardless how much water and or bread you're trying to consume with it. I estimate its Heat Unit is 100,000, at the very least.


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Posted by Tom (Manhattan, NY) on 07/21/2008

Being in my early 50's I've experienced a significant decrease in my libido over the past several years. Various factors can be attributed to it, age & increased stress, etc. Although a part of me doesn't miss the added distraction of testosterone, I decided to experiment with many different natural enhancers. Most have a general stimulating "edgy" effect which I don't care for. I recently started taking Hydrilla for an occasional food based Calcium and a surprising side effect has been with my libido. More so with erectile dysfunction than enhanced desire. It is considered a nuisance weed, but it is loaded with minerals, so it probably had something my body was lacking. It has a calming (calcium) effect as well.

EC: More information about Hydrilla on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrilla

Replied by Tom
(Manhattan, New York)

I would like to add that I've been taking Maca root powder, about a tablespoon a day ..recommended dose is a teaspoon. It seems to have a balancing effect on adrenals...I've noticed an improvement in sexual energy as well as a calming effect. It is reported as being good for both sexes.


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Posted by kevin (cranston, ri) on 01/17/2008

Dr. Robert Rowen reports re: a study wherein 80% of males regained erections and 80% of women were satisfied with their increase in libido.They took 2 tbs/day of a green powder called Kyo-Greens.(ref: Pr Med Sci Monit,2003;9(2)' Many have also benefited from Prelox.

Replied by Ron

The actual study on the Kyo-Greens is on pubmed, "Kyo-Green improves sexual dysfunction in men and women."


The doses given were 1 teaspoon 2x/day, NOT tablespoons.

Thanks, Ron

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