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Introduction to Damiana

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) has been used for thousands of years in Latin American cultures, ritualistically, as a sexual stimulant. Damiana is a shrub with small yellow flowers which grows in dry, rocky climates. It is generally found in the southwestern regional areas of Mexico, California and Texas. The entire bush gives off a characteristic aromatic scent that is due to the essential oil present in all parts of the plant. Believed to be an overall body tonic, Damiana affects the nervous system, acting as an anti-depressant. It sooths anxiety, nervousness and mild depression, and promotes a general feeling of well-being. Damiana also stimulates circulation which raises energy levels to alleviate fatigue and stimulate weight loss. Other known uses for Damiana are:

  • as a mild laxative, useful for relieving constipation 
  • soothing headaches caused by menstruation
  • the thinning of fluids resulting from asthma, colds, and flu 
  • strengthening of the nervous and hormonal systems 

Damiana is a commonly added ingredient to smoking mixtures and herbal tea blends. When smoked or drunk as a tea, it has a relaxing effect not unlike low doses of cannabis. Damiana has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac to increase and stimulate sexual appetite.

Tea brewing tips: steep 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons dried leaves in one cup boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.


Mazatec Garden describes the common uses of many herbs. This is for informational purposes only, as we are not advising or prescribing herbs for any specific medical condition or for any specific use. Distribute this information freely.


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