Damiana, damiane, oreganillo, the bourrique, Mexican damiana, Mexican holly, damiana de Guerrero
What is Damiana?
Considering its reputation as a highly effective sexual stimulant, Damiana is a rather plain, innocuous-seeming plant. It is a small shrub with serrated leaves and produces small, aromatic yellow flowers. The plant bears fruit which taste somewhat like figs, and when prepared, Damiana - though bitter - still retains that mild fig flavour. It is Native to Mexico and Central and south America, and has been used - and loved - by ancient civilizations now fallen.
What are the benefits of Damiana Leaves
Who doesn’t love a natural aphrodisiac? Damiana was originally used by Aztec women to increase their sexual desire, and for men to cure impotency. This herb is revered the world over, Mexico even claiming it a “national treasure.” While it is a stimulant, it also brings equilibrium to the hormones, eliciting a feeling of peace and well-being, and increased ability to “go with the flow’ since balanced hormones also calms the nervous system.
How to consume Damiana Leaves
Most commonly, teas, tinctures, powders, and herbal smoking blends are prepared with the dried leaves and stems.