As Valentine’s Day is here our thoughts turn to love. And what better herb to support our sexual desires than Damiana.
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!
And men are not left out with this supportive herb. Damiana is said to help in the treatment of premature ejaculation and impotence. Some men have reported that drinking Damiana makes them more attractive to women!
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.
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.
Other Benefits of Damiana:
In addition to the aphrodisiac effects, Damiana is also used to treat mild depression or nervous exhaustion, urinary infections and painful or delayed menstrual periods and headaches specifically associated with menstruation and regulate hormone imbalances.
NOTE: Damiana should not be consumed by pregnant women, children under 13 or people with diabetes, thyroid, iron deficiency or bipolar conditions.
1 – 2 heaping tsp. of dried damiana leaves
Raw honey to taste
Measure the dried damiana leaves into a clean coffee mug. Boil one cup of water. Remove from heat and pour into mug over damiana leaves. Allow the leaves to steep for 20 minutes. Strain into a clean coffee mug. Discard the damiana leaves. Add raw honey to sweeten. DO NOT USE REFINED OR GRANULATED SUGAR OR SUGAR SUBSTITUTES as this can damage the benefits of the tea.
Damiana Aphrodisiac Tea
1 part damiana leaves
1 part rose petals
½ part cinnamon chips
½ part dried strawberries
¼ part jasmine flowers
Raw honey to taste
Mix ingredients in a glass jar. Store in a cool, dry place. Use ¼ cup of loose tea in a tea infuser per cup of boiling water. Infuse for at least 20 minutes. Sweeten to taste with honey.
Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine