Leaves, Cut, 50 Gr from Mexico (SKU 3152)

Excellent quality young Damiana leaves from Mexico. Wild cultivated and harvested, no fertilizers used. This is considered by the Mexican pharmaceutical companies as the best quality. More information can be read below.

Fine quality Damiana leaves, 50 grams.

Damiana leaves are harvested from the plant Turnera aphrodisiaca, a small shrub native to Mexico. Besides being used in the production of a popular Mexican liqueur called Damiana, this fragrant herb has enjoyed a long and unwarranted history of use as an aphrodisiac, supposedly able to stimulate the libido of men and women alike. It is also regarded as an important folk medicine in Mexico. Damiana is known to help strengthen the body, contribute to physical wellbeing and support energetic alertness.[1]

Other names: Damiana, Damiane, Oreganillo, Thè Bourrique, Mexican Damiana, Mexican Holly, Damiana de Guerrero.

The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea which was used by native people of Central and South America for its aphrodisiac effects. A Spanish missionary first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the Damiana leaves, added sugar, and drank it for its purported power to enhance lovemaking.[2]

Damiana belongs to the Turneraceae (Damiana family) and is a small shrub that grows 1-2 meter high and bears aromatic, serrate leaves that are 10-25 cm long. Small yellow flowers bloom in early to late summer which are followed by small fruits with a sweet smell and fig-like flavor. The medicinal part of the plant is its leaves, which are harvested during the flowering season. Damiana is found throughout Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies, as well as in parts of South America. Turnera diffusa and T. aphrodisiaca are generally regarded as the same plant in herbal commerce. A closely-related species, T. ulmifolia, is similar in appearance, but it has different traditional medicinal uses.[2]

The main constituents of Damiana include: Albuminoids, alpha-copaene, alpha-pinene, arbutin, barterin, beta-pinene, beta-sitosterol, calamenene, caoutchouc, chlorophyll, 1,8-cineole, cymene, cymol, damianin, essential oil, gamma-cadinene, gonzalitosin-i, hexacosanol-1, luteolin, quinovopyranosides, tannins, tetraphyllin b, thymol, triacontane, and trimethoxyflavones.[2]

The shrub is said to have an odor somewhat like Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Cannabis (Cannabis sativa), due to an oil present in the plant.[3]

Here are some ways of preparing damiana:

Aphrodisiac Tea: For one cup use 2-4 grams of dried damiana powder or leaves, add boiling water and consume with meals, three times a day. 
Damiana Tea: For one cup, steep 2 grams of damiana in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, bring the mixture to the boil for 5 minutes and let it soak for another 5 minutes. Add honey or agave if preferred.
Smoking Damiana: Dried damiana leaves can be smoked with a pipe, joint, or vaporizer. It will only take 1-2 minutes until one feels the relaxing and euphoric effects of damiana. The effects will last for roughly half an hour. 
Damiana Wine: To increase the potency of damiana, a wine can be made. Steep 30 grams of damiana together with ½ liter wine (or another alcoholic brew like vodka) in a jar for 1-2 weeks and shake the mixture daily. Other herbs and flavors, like cinnamon, rose, or orange, can be added as preferred. After 2 weeks, the mix needs to be strained in order to remove all herbal particles. Make sure to squeeze the cotton cloth or sieve to release all liquid contained. Now, honey or agave can be added as desired.

[1] Document: NL-E4-0-C-REF, Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
[2] Damiana, Raintree Tropical Plant Database
[3] Damiana, Wikipedia

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