Herbs > Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
Damiana belongs to the family Passifloraceae and it's native to Central and
Damiana is a small shrub that produces aromatic flowers. It blossoms in early to
late summer and produces fruits that taste similar to figs. The shrub is said to
have a strong spice-like odour somewhat like chamomile, due to the essential
oils present in the plant.
The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea and an incense by the native
peoples of Central and South America for its relaxing and libido enhancing
Spanish missionaries first recorded that the Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea
mixed with sugar for use as an aphrodisiac, a use that has continued into modern
times. More recently, some corroborating scientific evidence in support of its
long history of use has emerged through animal testing studies that showed
evidence of increased sexual activity in rats of both sexes.
Damiana has been shown to be particularly stimulating for sexually exhausted or
impotent male rats as well as generally increased sexual activity in rats of
both sexes. It has also been shown that damiana may function as an aromatase
inhibitor, which has been suggested as a possible method of action for its
Damiana is also used extensively as a growth agent.
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