Our modern lifestyle apart from uniqueness and freedom has, unfortunately, plenty of stressful moments, complicacy and disappointments. Thus, we sometimes face a lack of sexual interest and as we grow older this can lead to certain mental and physical health threating consequences. You will ask if this a severe since there are plenty of miraculous pills out there to solve the problem of low libido. As a pharmacist, I will answer and advice you always to prefer nature’s way to deal with your health problems. As long as we are well informed about a health issue and we have taken under consideration our doctor’s and pharmacist’s opinion, a natural therapy should always be our first choice. Choose a pill only when there is no other option!
To return to the subject, concerning low libido, there is indeed a natural solution, as it is a common “secret” between the Greeks: consume Dittany to increase your sexuality! Dittany is a Cretan herb, famous for its unique medicinal properties since ancient times. For the records, the plant has many pure essential oils. It contains substances such as thymol, carvacrol and camphor, that offer healing and aromatic properties. Let’s have a brief look together on how and when we should consume Dittany.
We use Dittany to:
• Increase our fertility
• Increase our libido
• Treat gastrointestinal disorders such as stomach aches, vomit, diarrhea etc.
• Gain energy especially during winter time
• Help decrease our blood sugar if we suffer type II diabetes.
• Heal a wound faster
• Improve our health generally, due to its antioxidant properties
• Recover faster from a cold or flu, due to its antimicrobial properties
• Sleep if we suffer insomnia
• Treat dysmenorrhea symptoms
How to use the herb:
• Make a hot beverage to treat tonsillitis, cold, flu, cough, irritated throat, gingivitis and toothache, stomachache, as a spasmolytic, in liver pain and various liver diseases, diabetes, and obesity
• Use it directly as a powder to treat wounds
• Prepare a tincture: Put 15-20 grams in raki or wine. After a few days, you can use it. In case you have never heard, raki is the traditional Cretan beverage. It is similar to ouzo, which I assume you already know, but it does not contain anise.
Read more on how Dittany helps to increase sexuality and fertility on my Beauty Guard article “The herb of love”.
Always remember to ask your doctor or your pharmacist before consuming any herb!
Until the next article, do not forget: read, learn and then learn more! Cause this is your superpower!
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