Give me a few hot minutes, let’s talk about sex. Gay Pride Parade, Mardi Gras,
Big Gay Out, Valentine’s Day, and ‘anytime’ interludes should include pre-
loading. If you’re envisioning having a hot night with your partner, meeting the
love of your life or the love for one night, natural prepping for sex is the new
love drug.

Pre-loading is all about supporting your sexual health with nutrients that work! (1,2,3) Taking natural supplements (4) daily may help make sure you’re ready for action whenever – like when hook-up opportunities pop up!

“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.” – Marilyn Monroe


Pre-loading with the right herbs can support your sex life so you can take control during sexual intimacy or solo pleasure. Here are the top natural ingredients for all genders to level-up libido, support sex-drive and maintain stamina with sexually charged energy.

Your body normally produces nitric oxide (NO) but like most body functions and hormones, this function declines with age or stress. Poor circulation and blood flow mean weaker erections, clit reactivity and reduced libido. Herbs – like Tribulus and Ashwaganda, can help support healthy erections, stamina and libidos.

A herdsman lost his goats and found them on a mountain side munching away at a weed. Afterwards the goats became extremely promiscuous, so he tried it, and became horny too. Studies show that iicarin a chemical in Horny Goat Weed (HGW), supports nerve health, nitric oxide metabolism and libido.

”Let herbs be part of your pre-foreplay.”

We are built for experiencing pleasure. Let me remind you the clit and penis alone have 16,00 nerve endings collectively! Angelica herbal extracts support a healthy blood flow, getting the circulation to the cock, vagina, vulva, labia and clit. Blood vessels in the penis and vagina, need ongoing care for healthy circulation.

Pine bark extract, Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin D, and foods such as broccoli sprout contain antioxidants supporting the body’s natural response to free- radicals and healthy tissues.

Let’s tackle the fundamental sex-blocks like stress, pressure and depression. Besides day day stress there’s the pressure to perform when exploring hook-ups or getting intimate – it’s perfectly natural to feel like this. Partners can often be mis-matched when it comes to libido, with one higher than the other. A lot of people with normal blood flow to our nether-pleasure regions, can still have sexual dysfunction.

How to take control

Your style of sexual pleasure is up to you and of course sex doesn’t have to be vanilla, it’s all up to your biggest organ – the brain!

One out of 3 of us experience sexual anxiety, and that affects libido, natural lubrication, clit sensitivity and diamond hard-ons. We just can’t let 1 in 3 romps be a total failure! The brain controls the stimulus for blood flow to the cock and clit, controlling orgasms and ejaculation.

High levels of the hormone cortisol can suppress desire. Turnera, also called Damiana supports your natural stress response and natural libido. Even low to moderate changes in mood reduces the desire for sex.

Saffron supports the NO pathway to support erective blood flow, muscle resilience and mood balance.

When you start taking these herbs and nutrients together, as part of your natural libido mission, your mind and body will start to get switched on for your pre-loading plan.

You’ve heard the saying, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it, but this is not just about your body, it’s your brain. Get your juices flowing to satisfy the bliss of release and abandonment. Let it become part of your beautiful ritual, just as important as mood lighting, music and a perfectly planned place. If you want it, come, and get it.

The Herbal Ignite range is formulated specifically to support sexual health. Designed and made right here in New Zealand under Good Manufacturing Practices – the highest recognized standard and contains only natural herbs to support sexual health.

So, this Valentine’s Day, try Herbal Ignite. For a limited time, Gay Express readers can get 10% off when they order online at Just use promo code GE10 at check-out.

Always read the label and use as directed and if symptoms persist see your health professional Vitamins and minerals are supplementary to and not a replacement for a balanced diet. Intenza, Auckland.

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2. Akhtari E, et al, Tribulus Terrestris for treatment of sexual dysfunction in women: randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. Daru. 2014 Apr 28;22(1):40.
3. Leisegang K, Finelli R. Alternative medicine and herbal remedies in the treatment of erectile dysfunction: A systematic review. Arab J Urol. 2021 Jun 11;19(3):323-339. doi: 10.1080/2090598X.2021.1926753. PMID: 34552783; PMCID: PMC8451697.
4. da Cruz, A.C., Guerra, N.G., de Souza, K.E.B.P. et al. The action of herbal medicine on the libido: aspects of nutritional intervention in increasing sexual desire. Nutrire 42, 29 (2017).