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HOT Herbs for Valentine's Day

We're approaching Valentine's Day, and people's thoughts turn to love and romance. To crank up the love temperature a bit, here are ten treasures from nature that will take your sex drive and overall fulfillment to a higher level of vitality. Yes, they really do work.

1: Tongkat ali

This root from Malaysia and throughout southeast Asia radically improves erectile function, increases testosterone, and cranks up ATP, the body's primary energy unit. This is all according to human clinical studies. The result? Nature's Viagra. You can find Tongkat Ali online.

2: Rhodiola rosea

Hunted in Siberia, this super root promotes energy, stamina, sexual function and libido. It reduces stress-induced chemicals, and protects both the body and mind. Rhodiola rosea is one of the most extensively tested of all herbs, and enhances mojo in men and women.

3: Pausinystalia yohimbe

The bark of this African evergreen tree yields yohimbine, a fast-acting central nervous system stimulant that increases circulation in the fine vessels of the penis. Basically a for-men herb, Yohimbe is safe for general use but should be avoided if you already have high blood pressure.

4: Horny Goat Weed

The sole food of an especially horny goat of ancient legend, this Chinese leaf produces an androgen-like effect that can improve erectile function, libido and overall sexual vitality. It's one of the most widely used of all sex-enhancers in China, and is clinically tested. Horny goat weed tea will live up to its name.

5: Ashwagandha

This potent Indian root has been used for at least 3,000 years, to enhance libido and sexual vitality, improve fertility and overall reproductive health, and to reduce stress. It's an equal opportunity agent of arousal. In ancient times it was drunk in buffalo milk. But you can find Ashwagandha in capsules. It's sensational for overall reproductive health.

6: Catuaba

From the steaming Brazilian Amazon, the bark of catuaba is used throughout that entire region to increase libido and sexual potency, and to restore lost vitality. It's the most widely employed sex-enhancer in the Amazon, and is available in fluids and capsules. Catuabine A and B are believed to cause all the effect.

7: Zallouh

This Middle Eastern member of the parsley family grows on the vast slopes of Mount Harmoun, straddling Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Extracts made from the root contain substances that dilate blood vessels and stimulate circulation, and boost sex drive while protecting cells. You will likely find zallouh online. I researched this plant with members of the Syrian army. Highly prized!

8: Maca

A turnip-shaped vegetable from the mustard family found in Peru, maca contains powerful sex-enhancing substances that occur nowhere else in nature. This super food can be added to blender drinks, cookies, pancakes and other foods products. The concentrated extract will keep you energized and good to go all day long. Available in powder form or capsules, maca boosts libido big-time, as evidenced in human clinical studies. Think kapow.

9: Red Panax Ginseng

This plants' roots are long-heralded treasures of traditional Chinese medicine, to boost overall vitality, bolster the immune system, strengthen sexual vigor and improve sexual function. And at least two human studies show that 900 mg of red ginseng daily significantly improves the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

10: Cacao (Chocolate)

Dark, rich chocolate gets into your brain soup and tickles your loins. It contains the fall-in-love compound phenethylamine, which boosts endorphins, and increases brain levels of the feel-good chemical serotonin. Chocolate is a true love drug whose botanical name Theobroma means food of the gods. The best way to eat chocolate - dark, rich, semi-sweet, and with your partner.

- Source: "Hot Plants" by Chris Kilham

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. He teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Explorer In Residence. Chris advises herbal, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide. His field research is largely sponsored by Naturex of Avignon, France. Read more at www.MedicineHunter.com