Botanical Name: Turnera diffusa
Common Names: Damiana, damiane, oreganillo, the bourrique, Mexican damiana, Mexican holly, damiana de Guerrero
What parts of damiana are used?
Both the leaves and the flowers are dried to prepare infusions, tablets, and powders. Most commonly, teas, tinctures, powders, and herbal smoking blends are prepared with the dried leaves and stems.
How do you identify damiana and where is it grown?
You can recognize damiana from its pretty, delicate-looking yellow flowers. It’s a small shrub with dark green, thick, serrated leaves and it grows from California to the rocky hills of Central and South America. It bears fruit which tastes somewhat like figs, though it is inherently bitter.
Damina is cherished worldwide.
This herb is revered the world over. Mexico claims it is a “national treasure.” And past civilizations used and loved this herb as well.
Capsules, confections, cordials, liqueurs, poultices, powders, teas and tinctures are all popular applications and preparations for Damiana.
The cut herb is generally prepared as a tea with 1-2 teaspoons per 8 ounces of water. Steeped 5-10 minutes.
Usually Prepared With:
Celery seed, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Ginseng, Hops, Kava Kava, Kola Nut, Licorice, Maca, Oatstraw, Passion Flower, Saw Palmetto, Vanilla, Withania, Yerba Mate and Yohimbe are all options commonly used in combination with Damiana.