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Damiana
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Turnera diffusa

damiana

plant overview
rousing damiana

Damiana is a small, aromatic shrub native to Central America, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and the southwestern U.S. For centuries, native peoples have enjoyed the leaf prepared as a sweetened tea. Damiana is also a traditional ingredient in Mexican liquors. In fact, the herb was reputedly used as the key flavoring agent in the liquor used to make the original margarita. Due to a reputation for rousing excitability, damiana is prohibited in some regions. Elsewhere, the fresh leaf is added to salads and the dried to tea blends.

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Damiana
01.
A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information about damiana

description
Damiana belongs to the Passifloraceae family. It is a small shrub that grows 1-2 m high and bears aromatic, serrate leaves that are 10-25 cm long. Small yellow flowers bloom in early to late summer and are followed by small fruits with a sweet smell and fig-like flavor.

common names & nomenclature
The name of the genus honors William Turner (1508–1568), English clergyman, physician, herbalist, and ornithologist.

Also known as:
old woman's broom, mexican damiana, herba de la pastora, mexican holly, damiana


02.
Where in the World
habitat and range for damiana

Turnera diffusa is native to southwestern Texas in the United States, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.

03.
Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting damiana

climate
Damiana grows in dry, sandy or rocky places, prefers full sun.

soil
Damiana grows best in sandy, dry, well-draining soil.

growing
Sow seeds in spring in a greenhouse, transplant out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle and grow them on for at least their first winter. Plant them out into the garden in early summer and give some protection from winter cold for at least their first winter outdoors. This plant can also be propagated by cuttings or division.

harvesting
Harvest the plants when in flower and dry for later use.

preserving
Store the dried leaves, cut or powdered, in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

04.
The Rest of the Story
damiana history, folklore, literature & more

the tonic effects of damiana
Damiana is an herb that’s been used in Latin America and throughout the Caribbean for many years. In Mexico, it was once used as an aphrodisiac.

If you’re a male suffering from impotence or premature ejaculation, you’ll find that damiana can help to improve your sexual potency. You’ll have better circulation to your sex organs and you’ll have a more satisfying sex life for both you and your partner.

While traditionally damiana has been used by men for this purpose, women too may find that they have a better sexual experience from using damiana as well. Women will also benefit from using damiana during their menses. Damiana works to help relieve painful periods and it can relieve other symptoms of the menstrual cycle such as back pain and irritability.

If you suffer from mild depression, you may want to consider making damiana a part of your routine. It works to help relieve stress and anxiety. And unlike many pharmaceutical antidepressants, it won’t decrease your sex drive.

If you’re having problems with your urinary tract, damiana can be a powerful antiseptic. It will help to fight the infection and allow you to have less pain during urination. You’ll also find that you’ll need to urinate less.

If you’re struggling with the pain and discomfort from constipation, you’ll find that damiana can bring relief to you. Damiana actually works to tone the intestines and allow you to go the bathroom more regularly.

While damiana works to treat health problems, it can also be used on a daily basis to help keep you healthy and strong. It’s considered a cure-all for people in Latin America to this day, and you may find that it works for you, too.

Damiana can be taken in many different ways. Some people prefer to take it in convenient tablet form. For others tinctures, teas, or as a tonic infusion.

No matter what you prefer, damiana may be just the thing you need to stay healthy and strong. It’s also a great aphrodisiac when you need to restore your sexual health. Take a cue from the people who have been using damiana for thousands of years. Stock up on it and you’ll be able to stay healthy and strong for years to come. While you can use damiana to treat problems, you can also use it to prevent them.

for educational purposes only

This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
you should always consult with your doctor
before making any changes to your diet!!
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