MEXICO. Damiana (Turnera diffusa) Leaf, Cut and Sifted, Wildcrafted
Common names: Old Woman’s Broom, Agüita de Damiana, Yerba del Pastor, Pastorcita, Mizibcoc
Damiana has a long history of being used for relaxation and as an aphrodisiac. This may be attributed to the overall effect the herb has on the nervous system. In Western herbalism it is referred to as a nervine, which helps to support the nervous system. Some of its effects may be related to the flavonoid compound apigenin, known to have analgesic and anti-anxiety properties. Damiana is related to Passionflower, another relaxing botanical nervine.
In Mexico, a liqueur is made from the leaves and packaged in a bottle that has the likeness to a very voluptuous woman. It has a fragrant characteristically pleasant, green, and slightly sweet, smell. This herb is also commonly used in herbal smoking blends. It is generally considered safe for use and has no toxicity issues.
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Estrada-Reyes R, Ortiz-López P, Gutiérrez-Ortíz J, Martínez-Mota L. (2009). Turnera diffusa Wild (Turneraceae) recovers sexual behavior in sexually exhausted males. J Ethnopharmacol. Jun 25;123(3):423-9.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As with any herbal medicines, you should contact your doctor to ensure Damiana is right for you.