Horny Goat Weed Tea (Benefits, Uses and Side Effects)

Learn about horny goat weed tea in my guide to this very interesting herb. Read about the health benefits, side effects, uses and how to make a cup of herbal tea. Plus discover if this herb really does have libido boosting qualities!

What is Horny Goat Weed Tea?

The Benefits, Uses and the Side Effects

Horny goat weed tea has been used for more than centuries in ancient medicine for it’s healing properties. Here are some commonly asked questions about goat weed tea:

  • What exactly is horny goat weed tea?

  • Why is it called horny goat weed?

  • What does it actually taste like?

  • And what are the benefits and the side effects too?

In the very cheesy words of Austin Powers, does it make you horny baby?! Here’s the low down on this very funny sounding herbal tea.

What is the Herb Horny Goat Weed?


Horny goat weed is a herb also known as yin yang huo, epimedium and dâm dương hoac. It has been used by men and women for more than centuries to help improve sexual function and boost sex drive. The name ‘horny goat weed’ comes from a legend of actual horny goats! The story goes that a farmer noticed that his feeding goats became quite frisky from all the weeds that they had been eating, hence the name ‘horny goat weed’.

In Chinese medicine, yin yang huo is used as both an aphrodisiac and a liver tonic herb. It is used to support healthy function of the kidneys, liver, heart and to benefit energy levels too. In Chinese medicine, the kidneys are where the vitality of life and sexual vitality is stored, and therefore it’s important to look after the whole body to ensure proper function of all systems.

Is Horny Goat Weed Tea an Aphrodisiac?

Horny goat weed is also referred to as ‘natural viagra’. This herb contains something known as phytoestrogens. Studies suggest that phytoestrogens have a similar effect on the body to estrogen. Estrogen, along with progesterone, and testosterone all play a role in sexual desire and arousal. So horney goat weed may be a great tea for boosting libido!

The Benefits

Horny goat weed is known for it’s aphrodisiacal benefits, but there are other benefits reported from taking this unique herb such as:

  • Aiding in the relief of joint pain

  • Aiding in increasing blood flow

  • Helping osteoporosis sufferers

  • Helping those with bronchitis

  • Helping those with heart disease

  • And to those with high blood pressure

The Side Effects

Although taking horny goat weed is considered safe, taking larger amounts can be toxic to the liver, kidneys and may cause heart arrhythmia. Also, it should be avoided by those with hormonal imbalances and it may even interfere with certain medications. And also there are those who are allergic to this herb. Always discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider.

What Does Horny Goat Weed Taste Like?

Horny goat weed has a rather grassy, hay and earthy like taste and aroma. It can have a bitter taste that can be balanced with a little honey or sugar. It’s not for everyone, you may find that you prefer to make a weaker cup of tea with less herb and less steeping time.

How do you Make Horny Goat Weed Tea?

To make a cup of horny goat weed tea, you can take either fresh or dried leaves, remove the stem, chop, grind or shred the leaves. Take about one teaspoon of leaf and allow to infuse in one cup of freshly boiled water for 5-10 minutes. Remove the leaves and enjoy with or without a sweetener of choice, or pieces of fresh fruits. For a little romance, make into a fruity flower tea: add sliced strawberries and a scatter of fresh or dried rose petals. Alternatively, add a teaspoon of horny goat weed to your favourite black tea blend and make into a delicious tea latte.

Horny Goat Weed vs Maca

Both horny goat weed and maca have been used in ancient medicine rituals for their libido boosting benefits. Maca is not a herb, it comes from a vegetable that is related to broccoli and kale. Native to the Andean mountains, maca is nutrient dense and often referred to as Peruvian ginseng. The great thing about maca is that it commonly comes in powder form which makes it easy to add to tea, tea lattes or into coffee.

Other herbal teas that may help boost libido include: ginko, ginseng, fenugreek and saffron.

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