Originally from the rainforests of Congo, Nigeria and Cameroon, the yohimbe plant is very popular around the world for its aphrodisiac powers. Even before the appearance of the famous Viagra, tea made with yohimbe extract was indicated for the same functions as the medicine. In addition to aphrodisiacs, in the past the plant was also used as a solution against cough, fever and leprosy. Today it is indicated for various treatments such as herbal medicine that can be consumed in tablet, liquid extract or powder and tea made from yohimbe bark.

tree of love

It was in the 19th century that the yohimbe plant became known as the “tree of love” for its aphrodisiac effects. European missionaries who traveled to Africa learned about the powers of this plant extract and took it to their continent. From then on, yohimbe became part of the recipes for some sweets that eventually gained the name of “love sweets”.

Benefits and properties

The yohimbe plant is used to treat coughs, fevers, kidney problems, dysmenorrhea, angina and muscle strain. In all its forms of consumption, it can also be ideal to alleviate cases of post trauma stress, depression and muscle relaxation. As a poultice, it helps to relieve pain in the body.


Its most notable power, however, is its ability to be an aphrodisiac. Studies carried out in the United States could prove that, in fact, the plant gives a “small boost” to the libido. It has properties that enhance the sense of touch and even cause a tingling sensation in the spine that excites men and women alike. It can even be helpful in treating erectile dysfunction, however, it will only work if it is not caused by some disease.


Boil two cups of water together with three teaspoons of yohimbe bark for about 15 minutes. Strain the tea with a coffee filter and let the drink cool down until it reaches a pleasant temperature for consumption. If desired, add honey to sweeten it or a little vitamin C to maximize its effects.


People who have kidney, liver, stomach or heart problems should not drink this tea. The substance is also not indicated for those who suffer from hypertension, ulcers, diabetes or have psychological disorders. Pregnant and lactating women should talk to their doctor to recognize the effects of yohimbe, but without a prescription they should also avoid using it.

Note: Yohimbe consumed with alcoholic beverages can cause serious side effects for people who have any of the above mentioned illnesses.