Damiana (Turnera diffusa) 2

Common Names: Mexican Damiana


Description: Native not only to the Gulf of Mexico region, but also the Caribbean & Namibia in southern Africa. This aromatic shrub grows up to six feet tall with smooth, pale green leaves & small bright yellow flowers. It can be cultivated but prefers heat and humidity. Leaves are harvested when in flower during summer.

The ancient Mexicans used it as a tonic to increase the appetite and as a digestive aid, but today it is used mainly to treat sexual dysfunctions.

Ironically, it is also a popular cure for a hangover, while, at the same time, used to flavour a liquor made in Guadalajara called Damiana.

Main constituents: Arbutin, Volatile Oil, Resins, Gums, & Tannins

Properties: Antidepressant, Mild laxative & diuretic, aphrodisiac, stimulant, tonic.

Uses: Internally: Useful for premature ejaculation & impotence. Beneficial for both sexes to restore nervous system & reproductive organs. Helps with painful or delayed periods. Urinary antiseptic.

Safety Considerations: Higher doses of damiana may induce a mild sense of euphoria. The leaves have a minor laxative effect, which is more pronounced at higher intakes, and may cause loosening of stools.


Folk Names: Yerba del Pastor
Element: Fire

Gender: Masculine

Planet: Mars

Powers: Lust, Love, Visions

Uses: Lust infusions, Vision Quests. A commercially-prepared liqueur is available in a bottle shaped somewhat like the Venus of Willendorf.

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