Damiana

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Premium organic cut and sifted Damiana leaf. Over its long history it has been said Damiana may be a smoking herb, mild aphrodisiac, stimulant and a mood enhancer.

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Description

This information is for educational purposes only and may or may not be supported by scientific studies.

We offer Damiana for no intention or purpose.

Botanical Name:  Turnera aphodisiaca, Turnera diffusa
Plant Family: Turneraceae
Also Called: Old Woman’s Broom, Herba De La Pastora, Mexican Holly and rosemary.

Identification

Damiana is a low lying shrub that grows 3 – 6 ft tall.  and has aromatic, serrate leaves that are 15-25 cm in length. A summer blooming plant with small yellow flowers that produce small fruits with a sweet smell and fig-like flavor. Damiana is found in Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and parts of South America.

Composition

Damiana leaf contains volatile oil comprised of at least 18 constituents (alpha- and beta-pinene, p-cymene, 1,8-cineole,  thymol, calamene alpha-copaene), up to 7% arbutin and cyanogenic glycoside (tetraphyllin). With a complex chemical composition it is likely all components have not been completely identified.

Environment

Prefers a hot and humid climate.

History

Having been first introduced in the USA in 1874, Damiana herb has a long and interesting history of use in the folk medicine. The indigenous population praises the plant for its antidepressant, diuretic, tonic, hypoglycemic, and antibacterial properties. Ancient Mayas and Aztecs used Damiana as an aphrodisiac and general tonic to improve health condition.

Ancient people thought that Damiana was effective in calming nerves and relieving depression and anxiety. They smoked plant’s leaves to relax. Smoking Damiana is practiced even nowadays. Some researchers say that the effect from smoking the herb’s leaves on human brains may be similar to the influence of cannabis.

Recently Damina has been used as a base for products called “Herbal Incense”. These products have been shown to have harmful side effects that are the result of the chemicals sprayed on the Damina, not the damiana itself.

Cautions

We know of no serous negative health effects from damiana. However, some herbs may have interactions with pregnancy, nursing or medications. Pregnant or nursing women & persons with health problems must consult a physician before use. The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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