Damiana

Other Names

Damiana Aphrodisiaca, Damiana Herb, Damiana Leaf, Damiane, Feuille de Damiana, Feuille de Damiane, Herba de la Pastora, Houx Mexicain, Mexican Damiana, Mizibcoc, Old Woman’s Broom, Oreganillo, Rosemary, Thé Bourrique, Turnera aphrodisiaca, Turnera diffusa, Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca, Turnerae Diffusae Folium, Turnerae diffusae herba, Turnera microphyllia, Damiana de Guerrero, Damiana Leaf, Damiana Herb, Herba De La Pastora, Mexican Holly, Mexican Damiana, Old Woman’s Broom, Rosemary, Oreganillo, Afrodisiaca, Turnera aphrodisiaca, Oreganillo oder Hierba del Venado, Дамиан, Дамиана, Тёрнера раскидистая

Description

Damiana possesses aromatic leaves and is a small shrub that thrives on rocky and sunny hillsides. It can be found in Southern California, Mexico, Texas and Central America. Damiana has been used as an aphrodisiac by the Mexican natives including the Mayan people. Damiana has a quite a significance among south western cultures and helps to improve overall wellness. 

It has pale green leaves that are smooth and a few hairs on its ribs. The flowers are yellow and rise from the leaf axils, when unopened take the form of a one-celled capsule. The flowers also possess an aromatic characteristic. 

Ingredients

Essential oils, terpenes, arbutin, cineol, cadinene, cymene, pinene, thymol, Bittern Damianin, resin, caffeine (in the stem), tannin, volatile oil, gonzalitosin, flavonoids, tannin, arbutin, damianin, cineol, pinene, cymol, thymol, phosphorus and cyanogenic glycosides 

Collection Period

June to September 

Used Parts

Leaf and stem 

Uses

  • Bedwetting

  • Bronchitis

  • Fertility

  • Gastrointestinal disorders

  • Hot flashes

  • Increases energy level

  • Kidney pain

  • Menopause

  • Mild depression

  • Nervousness

  • Pre menstrual tension

  • Relieves anxiety

  • Sexual stimulant 

  • Stimulates intestinal tract

  • Stress

Properties

  • Antibacterial

  • Antiseptic

  • Antispasmodi

  • Diuretic

  • Diuretic

  • Laxative

  • Reassuring

  • Tonic 

Application

The leaves are made into a tea and mixed with sugar and when consumed can bring about an exotic aphrodisiac among both men and women. It enriches the oxygen supply in the genitals, improving sexual performance when used in the long-term. Damiana can also be made into liquor. 

Summary

Damiana was used by the Aztecs to improve the libido. Its fragrant leaves were used by Mexican women to stimulate love making. It is considered as Mexicos’ national treasure. Its live plan export has been prohibited. 

Side Effects

Damiana contains cyanide-like compounds and is harmless in low-levels but can be dangerous in excessive doses. 

References

  • Herb Wisdom, Herb- Damiana: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-damiana.html

  • Healthline Drugs, Damiana: http://www.healthline.com/natstandardcontent/damiana

  • Wikipedia, Turnera diffusa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnera_diffusa

  • Happy Herb Company, Damiana: http://happyherbcompany.com/damiana

  • Sigma-Aldrich Life, Damiana: http://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/nutrition-research/learning-center/plant-profiler/turnera-diffusa.html

Damiana 

Turnera diffusa

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