Damiana - Aphrodisiac Herb

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Damiana,

Turnera diffusa ,

Damiana has a long history of use as an herbal aphrodisiac extracted into Damiana liqueur, Damiana Tea or traditional herbal teas and tinctures .The use of Damiana as an herb, spice, or medicine, dates all the way back to ancient Mayan civilizations. The Mayans seem to have had foresight into a great many things including the use of herbs. Only recently has our society began to recognize the benefits of important herbs such as Damiana.

Damiana is traditionally known by many for its aphrodisiac properties as well as boosting sexual potency. Other possible benefits include an overall sense of well being and increased energy. Damiana has also been used as a medicine, possibly assisting those with anxiety, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and common headaches. Many find Damiana a relaxing herb for smoking and have used the plant to stop smoking cigarettes.

Damiana is a shrub native to southern Texas in the U.S, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Known by some as Mexican holly, Damiana can grow 3 to 6 feet tall, has serrated leaves, a sweet-smelling fruit, and small, yellow flowers. Our research suggests there are, as of now, no large commercial growers of Damiana. With a bit of effort and living within the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, Damiana can be grown in gardens and landscapes, as an ornamental, as well as an herb.

The main constituents of damiana include:

  • Albuminoids, alpha-copaene, alpha-pinene, arbutin, barterin, beta-pinene, beta-sitosterol, calamenene, caoutchouc, chlorophyll, 1,8-cineole, cymene, cymol, damianin, essential oil, gamma-cadinene, gonzalitosin-i, hexacosanol-1, luteolin, quinovopyranosides, tannins, tetraphyllin b, thymol, triacontane, and trimethoxyflavones.

 Damiana is approved for use by the FDA as a natural flavoring substance.

 

The information we share on this website is based on research from books, the internet, research papers, and personal experience with native plants. The information contained in this website should not be considered medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. For diagnosis or treatment consult your physician.

As with any food, allergic reactions can also occur with herbs. If you are pregnant or breast feeding do not use this herb. Speak with a medical professional if you have any concerns or adverse reactions.