The medicinal plant Damiana was once used in Mayan culture as a relaxant and to help enhance lovemaking. Outside of its uses as an aphrodisiac, Damiana leaves were commonly brewed in a tea and sipped after a long day of labor. It was also used by the Aztecs as a tonic to promote general health and well being. In traditional Mexican folk medicine, Damiana has also been used to improve digestion and to treat constipation, as in larger doses it is thought to have a mild laxative effect. It is said that the first margarita ever made included Damiana liqueur rather than triple sec.
Sometime during the late 1800's, Damiana began to make its presence known in the U.S.A. Herbal extracts, elixirs, and tinctures were made with leaves of Damiana. In fact, Damiana has over 140 years of recorded history as medicine. Today, its use as a sexual tonic and aphrodisiac is common among herbalists. In the Baja region of Mexico, Damiana is commonly cultivated for commerce and Damiana Liqueur is a regional staple behind the bar.
Area of cultivation: Mexico, Central America, South America, southern Texas and California. Prefers a hot and humid climate.
Primary constituents: volatile oils, arbutin, damianin( bitter principal), albuminoids, barterin, tannins, resins, flavonoids
Actions: Aphrodisiac, mild nervine stimulant, mild laxative, emmenagogue, bitter tonic, aromatic
Parts used: Aerial parts ( leaf)
Medicinal actions: loss of appetite with constipation
(Minor fatigue and depressive mood, boosts sexual drive (both sexes), Pelvic vasodilator, Helps amenorrhea, Anti-inflammatory for urinary tract, Relieve sexual nervousness and anxiety, Sexual energy tonic, Brings oxygen to genital area, Boost in energy, Acute use to stimulate genital area. Relaxing effect similar to marijuana
Contraindications: Pregnancy, large doses can be toxic
Preparation and dose:infused in wine, tincture 1-3ml 3-5 x daily, tea 2-4 cups daily, syrup 1 Tbs. 2-3x daily