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Libido Part I: Medicinal Plants

Libido is part of a healthy human life and just like any other wellness topic, it deserves attention. Chris Kilham, known in the industry as the Medicine Hunter, is an expert on medicinal plants used historically around the world to support healthy libido in men and women. Join us to hear about his top picks for medicinal plants with centuries of use.

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Zoe says …

May I just say... Hot Plants work so well I can't take them! Happy Valentine's Day. Love, Zoe (Chris' wife)

Elisabeth says …

ALL RIGHT!!!! Glad to see my favorite organic store coming through with natural options for my love life. I eat well, I love my partner, but I have a drop in libido happening with age. I applaud you embracing this topic, I am glad I don't have to go the "traditional" medical route.

Lindsay says …

I like the idea of "Hot Plants" to go with my hot pants :) Really tough, this info is interesting but I am unfamiliar with two of the herbs mentioned here, could you please spell out the names of all three.

James says …

Of course all vegetables are good for libido! By eating fresh fruit and vegetables, we are improving our healthy, keeping our blood clean and in some cases reducing cholesterol, improving heart health generally and thereby improving our libido just by building stronger healthier foundations.

Laura says …

I don't think the answer for anything comes in a little pill. Communication, personal pride and health, and self esteem are the key to a flourishing love life. Whole Foods does offer terrific foods to keep the body running at its best, perhaps you should stay focused on these.

Cal says …

Well this is a new spin for Valentines Day. I personally believe in the power of chocolate, but I don't know if there is any science behind this love affair. Also I've heard about oysters, and wine, not in together.

uma says …

Well Zoe's comments are intriguing! I guess Chris is a lucky man. I'll check into this myself.

wendy says …

This was allot of fun, I see this says part 1, looking forward to part 2, 3?

Gilly says …

I am someone who has tried some of these "Hot Herbs" and found great success. I don't know if a placebo would have had the same affect, or rather if the herbs just acted as a placebo, but either way, the end result was great for both of us.

Erinn says …

I wonder what my sweetie will think when I ask for a bottle of herbs for Valentine, rather then chocolate. I really hope this may offer a boost in my sex drive.

Ann says …

Hot Herbs...really?

says …

@Linsday The three plants mentioned are Maca (Peru), Rhodiola rosea (Siberia) and Ashwagandha (India).

Chad says …

Hi Winnie- "Winnie Hsia: @Linsday The three plants mentioned are Maca (Peru), Rhodiola rosea (Siberia) and Ashwagandha (India)." Are these available at most of your stores?

Liv says …

I like these suggestions, another great natural aphrodisiacs is kelp. Kelp is rich in many vitamins and minerals, among them iodine, necessary for the proper function of the thyroid gland. Lack of iodine can result in excessive physical fatigue and a lowered sex drive.

Gabby says …

This is a FUN topic. Typically you see libido enhancement geared toward men, which if you think about it is silly, in that most men seem to have a much higher sex drive. I it good to hear women and man both can benefit from these natural solutions!

says …

@Sue The information associated with this podcast series is available in print form in your local store. Check the Whole Body and Guest Services sections for flyers and brochures!

says …

@Chad Yes, all these herbs are available in both capsule and liquid form in the Whole Body department. Check with your local store for their availability and selection.

says …

Chris does in fact have a book out called "Hot Plants". If you liked the podcast, you can find more information here: http://www.medicinehunter.com/books_by_chris_kilham.htm

Izzy says …

"Hot Herbs" is such a great title. I think your guest has the makings of a great short book.

Heather says …

I agree with other here, that keeping your overall health up is the greatest key to feeling good about yourself and then being able to share your self confidence. I do believe that support for your system is always helpful, particularly considering how stress can take its toll.

Lea says …

I'm glad to hear your stores have a support booklet, I think this will make it much easier for me to remember all of the names of the "Hot Herbs". I hope my store carries these products, it is one of the smallest Whole Foods I've been to

C.Vance says …

Great topic!

ellen says …

So glad I came across this podcast! A topic not always talked about, and the lack of discussion is a tragedy. Those of us left feeling the need to address this issue are only faced with no natural solutions or ideas. This really cheers me up, and I look forward to investigating the suggestion here, personal!

mel says …

It is really nice to hear there are natural approaches I can take to enhance my sex drive. I love your store for the great foods, and the knowledge your staff shares when I shop. I am really looking forward to my next visit, when I will head right to the "Hot Herbs" department :) Good job!

Rebecca says …

As a green mom, this is great advice! Libido definitely changes after having kids. I agree with Gabby, usually this issue is addressed with men. Great to hear some advice across the board.

Gail says …

Great job, just in time for V-DAY!!!!!

Dakota says …

I just checked out the "Medicine Hunter" link, Chris is really prolific. Thanks for sharing the link.

vallerie says …

An exciting topic indeed! We really appreciate the help on this front, I'll write again after I try the herbs your guest mentioned.

Erin says …

A friend just forwarded me a link to this podcast, I am really impressed. I always assumed I was on hold waiting for the female version of Viagra, but never like the prospects of taking a pill to ramp up my love life.

Terry says …

Best one yet!

Rory says …

I do like the concept, and of course the name of "Hot Herbs" but for my body, regime, I'll stick with vitamins.

Quinn says …

This is fun. I have purchased a random bottle of herbs in NYC Chinatown, which as far as I could tell, was aimed at increasing libido. I did feel very tingly but not sure if it directly helped with libido. I look forward to trying some of the suggestions here, I assume your stores carry the products.

Abby says …

Communication is the key for me. If I feel close to my partner then I feel intimate, if I don't feel close, or I have low self esteem... forget it.

Leigh says …

Glad to hear you covering this subject, here are some great herbs which serve as aphrodisiacs ginseng horny goat weed damiana tribulus.

Nina says …

This is a great subject!!! I didn't expect to find this topic covered by Whole Foods, good for you embracing this topic.

Carl says …

A Hot bath and some "Hot Herbs" sounds like a refreshing combo for some Valentine Day fun. I'm going to try this out and I'm holding you to your word, that these will help :)

Cindy says …

Another cool podcast Whole Foods! This topic is more fun then usual, I mean I love learning about how to cook Sea Bass and all, but I enjoy how this speaks how to liven up life, after a great meal :) I hope these really may work, hey its worth a shot.

Sue says …

Solid info here, I would like to see a list of these herbs, perhaps a printable form... wow do I sound desperate :)

Molly says …

"Hot Herbs" great term. Nice podcast, I had never consider an herbal approach to aphrodisiacs!

Dana says …

James is onto something here. Overall health is the key to feeling good about yourself and being able to share intimacy with others. I go back and forth between eating well, and not so well. When my diet is good, my energy is up, my spirits are up, and well... my love life is UP!

Lisa L. says …

Your making me blush :) I have always been curious if Passion Fruit had an medicinal affects, or if it was just the name? I am hoping your store staff can help me find some of the herbs you mention here. Apparently it is time to get my head out of the produce isle and over to the supplement section.

Tamara says …

I agree, I have used herbs to enhance my drive and indeed they work wonders for me. Here is another great article which further supports the work here: http://www.socyberty.com/Sexuality/Natural-Aphrodisiacs-for-Women.61183

Cammie says …

These are interesting ideas. I will check out a few of these products, and I really hope they might help me. It has always been an ongoing issue for my husband and I. Are there any herbs which reduce male sex drive?

Heather says …

Well this certainly is a great topic for V-day!. I am excited to see if this heats things up for me and my husband.

Wendy C. says …

I picked up on the booklets in your store, and it has a great list of Hot Herbs. I picked up a few and look forward to seeing the effects when they kick in.

Olive says …

I certainly like the idea of herbs for enhancement vs. a pharma- approach. This may sound funny, but a hot shower with Dr. Brauners soap gets things going at our house :)

Carrie says …

It is interesting that your guest talks about herbs opening of the blood vessels, I wonder if combining these "Hot Herbs" with niacin would further enhance their affects.

Paul says …

Great suggestion for Valentines Day, not how doe I get me wife to start them :)

Teri says …

I agree with James, an overall healthy approach to living is a great way to keep the fires going. When I am eating well and exercising, basically when I feel good about myself, I am must interested in being intimate.

Rory says …

Good suggestions, but I think it is important to mention that happiness and health are the key influencers in an open love life. I know we all get so use to the idea that a pill will make things happen and do all the work. Get real, exercise, love and talk with your partner, and enjoy the beauty of sex.

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