Damiana leaf (Turnera diffusa) is small woody shrub that produces aromatic flowers. It is native to Texas, Mexico, Central America, Caribbean and Brazil.
It was the favorite herb of the Aztecs for its use as nervine, digestive support, pleasure tea.
Uses: Teas, tinctures, sprinkle over salads.
Folk Names: Old Woman's Broom, Mexican Damiana, Herba de la Pastora.
Flavor: Bitter flavor with a sweet flowery and earthy aroma similar to chamomile.
History: The ancient Greeks gave the plant its original official name of aphrodisiakos, while referring to it commonly as the goddess of love.
Metaphysical Properties of Damiana:
Damiana is traditionally use for spells of psychic abilities, dream magic, astral travel and visions.
It it mixed with other herbs to intensify the potency of the other herbs.
Use it in spells involving passion and lust.
Burn it as incense to support visions, relaxation, and divination.
Important to know:
This herb is highly cyanogenic, which means that compounds in the plant may form cyanides when ingested and become toxic with high dosages.
It is banned in Louisiana.
Due to potential estrogenic effects of this herb, it should not be used during pregnancy or if there is a history of a hormone-driven cancer.
Because this herb may affect blood glucose levels, it may interfere with diabetes drugs as well as other medications.
This information is 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, prevent any disease or replace medical advise. You should always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your diet!!