Information on Damiana

Latin NameTurnera diffusa
Part UsedLeaf
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsReproductive system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA gray-green medium-sized shrub with small aromatic leaves; native to Mexico and the Baja.
DescriptionDamiana is a widely-reputed aphrodisiac used in traditional medicine in Mexico, even though its effectiveness is not supported by science. Although regarded as a nervine, it is somewhat stimulating and is used for mild depression. In Germany damiana is said to relieve excess mental activity and nervous debility. It has also been used for anxiety with a strong sexual factor.

Damiana has a taste of SPICY and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Damiana

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Lack of sexual energyaphrodisiactea, tincture, capsule
Depression, mildmild antidepressanttincture, tea


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