Damiana (Turnera Diffusa ) is a plant that grows in South America, Caribbean and the United States and is a variety of the Passifloraceae family. The parts of the plant that are being used for medicinal purposes are the stems and leafs.
The Maya glorified Damiana for its psychoactive effects and compared it to that of Marihuana. Women in Mexico found out that a cup of Damiana tea taken one or two hours before intercourse helps to immerse them in the sex act. It is believed to have a tonic effect upon the sexual organs and the nervous system.
About the plant
Damiana is a relatively small, woody shrub that produces small, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in early to late summer and is followed by fruits that taste similar to figs. The shrub is said to have a strong spice-like odor somewhat like chamomile due to the essential oils present in the plant.
Damiana is an afrodisiac that can stimulate the libido with an euforic effect that can last from 30 minutes up to an hour. It will improve the metabolism and has a positive effect on blood circulation. This enhances the nervoussystem so it will relieves relief stress and depression and symptoms of menopause and PMS.
You can take 2 to 4 grams in capsules daily. To make a tea of Damiana add 3 teaspoons to 1/2 liter of boiling water. The best absorbable way is to make a tincture of it: Use 1 part herb and 5 parts of alcohol in a jar with closed lid, shake well daily and leave for at least 3 weeks before using.
Not much is known about the effect of Damiana for pregnant women. Its strongly adviced not to use when pregnant. Excessive long-term use maybe toxic to the liver.