Horny Goat Weed: Not just an aphrodisiac

As I sit here reflecting on this past year, a sense of deep compassion overcomes me as I think about the wellbeing of our global community. We are well into the pandemic, actually, approaching the year anniversary of when America went on its first shut down. It seems like stress is at its highest, energy and morale are at their lowest, and the feeling of being stuck and wondering what to do is ever present in people across the world. One might also guess how this impacts sexual arousal, confidence, and relationships.

This is a critical time to allow ourselves to lean on our plant allies and feel supported by them. While these friends will not take away what has happened, some may surprise you, and are certainly worth adding to your health cabinet. How about a boost of energy, zing of clarity, heightened vitality, and much needed rejuvenation…oh wait, and increased libido?! This plant may be exactly what you need to heal during these chaotic times. An herb at the top of my list is horny goat weed… and as the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” you may be pleasantly surprised at what knowledge you unlock and find inside of this common ornamental (and medicinal) plant.

Horny Goat Weed, less commonly known by its Latin name, Epimedium grandiflorum, is… I’m sure you have guessed it by the title of our blog, an aphrodisiac! It’s not just any aphrodisiac though, horny goat weed is one of the most recognized natural remedies for sexual dysfunction in the world. Low libido and erectile dysfunction are at the forefront of sexual arousal disorders affecting about 43% of women and 51% of men respectively and according to a study done by the Journal of Family Psychology, stress is an active participant in creating such outcomes (Bodenmann, 2010).

Epimedium grandiflorum, Horny Goat Weed

How exactly does horny goat weed increase sexual arousal? Icariin (ICA) is a flavonol glycoside found within horny goat weed that has been under the microscope as the compound responsible for…

  • Boosting production of nitric oxide, a substance that helps blood vessels dilate, throughout the bloodstream and especially for the penis.
  • Halting the action of PDE5, an enzyme that decreases blood supply to the penis.
  • Mimicing and boosting testosterone levels in the bloodstream, which normally act as a vasodilator of the penile arterioles.

Although it has a high affinity to the penile arterioles, its effects can be felt throughout the entire body and applies to erectile tissue in women as well. For over 2000 years horny goat weed has been traditionally used to also treat rheumatism, cancer and fatigue in some Asian countries such as China, Japan and Korea. 

In a recent study, scientists found that icariin and its derivatives possess anticancer activity through increasing apoptotic activity, angiogenesis inhibition, metastasis inhibition and more. In conjunction with Western treatments such as chemotherapy, the results found in the synergistic effects were even greater. Reports additinally show that morale and energy increased after treatments while fatigue decreased. This demonstrates that taking horny goat weed whether in treatment or not, has a positive effect overall for not only our sex life, but also our energy levels.

Pounce Powder

So, whether you are trying to excite things between you and your partner or you just want to seize the day with a little energy boost, our Pounce Powder and Ignite Tincture in our Sexual Vitality Kit will help you achieve those goals. Don’t sit on this wonderful herb, open your heart and mind and allow the effects take you where you want to go. Remember, you get by with a little help form your friends 😉


Bodenmann, G., Atkins, D. C., Schär, M., & Poffet, V. (2010). The association between daily stress and sexual activity. Journal of Family Psychology, 24(3), 271.