As Valentine’s Day is here our thoughts turn to love. And what better herb to support our sexual desires than Damiana.
Damiana is a low-growing plant with yellow flowers and fragrant leaves. It is native to southern Texas, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. It blossoms in the early to late summer, followed by fruits that taste similar to figs. It is said to have a strong spice-like odor most likely due to the essential oils present in the plant.
Damiana has been used by the Mayan people of South America as a traditional aphrodisiac and to boost sexual potency for centuries. Typically drank as a tea before lovemaking, Damiana stimulates and increases sensitivity to the genital area, increases energy levels, restores libido and the ability for women to achieve orgasms. Who doesn’t want more of those! It is also said to promote erotic dreams!
This is a supportive herb for everyone who is looking to enhance their sexual wellbeing using herbs. Damiana is said to support men experiencing premature ejaculation and impotence. Some men have reported that drinking Damiana makes them more attractive to women!
In addition to the aphrodisiac effects, Damiana is also used for support with mild depression or nervous exhaustion, help alleviate urinary infections, ease painful or delayed menstrual periods, and promote relieve from headaches specifically associated with menstruation and hormone imbalances.
In addition to drinking as a tea, Damiana can be made into a tincture or smoked like tobacco. Regardless of from, Damiana induces a relaxed state of mind and is said to have an effect similar to that of cannabis. Don’t live in a state that has legalized marijuana – Damiana may be a great alternative.
NOTE: Damiana should not be consumed by pregnant women, children under 13 or people with diabetes, thyroid, iron deficiency or bipolar conditions.
Damiana Tea Recipes…
Simple Damiana Tea
- 1 – 2 heaping tsp. of dried damiana leaves
- Raw honey to taste
Steep damiana leaves for 20 minutes in 1 cup of boiled water in a tea ball, French press, or loose. Strain leaves if loose, adding the tea into a clean coffee mug. Add raw honey to sweeten (optional). DO NOT USE REFINED OR GRANULATED SUGAR OR SUGAR SUBSTITUTES as this can damage the benefits of the tea. Enjoy!
Floral Damiana Tea Blend
- 1 part damiana leaves
- 1 part rose petals
- ½ part cinnamon chips
- ¼ part jasmine flowers
- Raw honey to taste
Mix ingredients in a glass jar. Store in a cool, dry place. Use 1 tsp of loose tea in a tea infuser per cup of boiling water. Steep for at least 20 minutes. Sweeten to taste with honey.