The dried flowers and leaves of the damiana plant are commonly smoked as an aphrodisiac. It’s also a popular addition to smoking blends since it has a flavor similar to marijuana. Native Americans traditionally brewed a relaxing tea with damiana, which also had powerful aphrodisiac effects.
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Effect: Mildly relaxing + Aphrodisiac
How is it?: A bit harsh on the throat, smells like cannabis
Pro: Cheap base for herbal blends
Best with: Kanna, passion flower, mullein
Benefits: fight coughing, treat constipation and improve digestion, also an aphrodisiac.
Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a small shrub with tiny yellow flowers. It is known for stimulating libido and is often used as an aphrodisiac as well as a relaxant. It is also known as herba de la pastora and Mexican damiana. It is native to Texas, Mexico, and Central and South America. It is primarily harvested for its leaves which are used to make tea.
History and Use
Damiana has been long used as a relaxant and aphrodisiac. Native Mexican Indians were known to drink sweetened Damiana tea and it is believed to be one of the original ingredients of margaritas.
The use of Damiana as an aphrodisiac has continued into modern times. In fact, recent studies have shown that it does cause an increase of sexual activity in rats, though it has yet to be scientifically tested on humans. Damiana is used both for its libido stimulating effects as well as for the somewhat narcotic effect it causes. The effect of the tea is believed to be similar to the high obtained from smoking marijuana but milder.
The relaxing effects of the Damiana plant is said to be similar to the initial relaxation of smoking marijuana, but Damiana is legal in most places.
As an Aphrodisiac
Damiana has long been used as an aphrodisiac. The plant has a stimulating effect on the libido and many users claim it can restore libido and desire as well as increase sexual energy. As an Antidepressant:
Damiana is believed to have an antidepressant effect.
Damiana is often smoked or made into a tea in order to obtain a legal high similar to that of marijuana, but milder.
Methods of Use
As an Infusion or Tea
The dried leaves of the Damiana plant are often used to make tea. This is the most common method of consuming or using Damiana.
As a Smoking Blend
Damiana is often used as a legal substitute for marijuana. The leaves can be dried and smoked or bought as a prepared powder. The effects of Damiana can be obtained both from tea and from smoking. Superpotent resins extraction can also be smoked.
As a prepared tincture
As the effects of Damiana become more popular and more widely known, the herb has been used more and more in herbal remedies. It can be bought as part of an herbal supplement. It can also be bought as a simple tincture and added to drinks to provide the effects of the herb without the taste.
The effects of Damiana are centered around the libido.
People who use Damiana report:
- Increased libido
- Feeling more energetic
- Feeling less anxiety
- Improved sexual fitness
- A feeling of euphoria or legal high
Damiana is not recommended for people with diabetes, a history of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or other psychiatric disorders. It should not be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Damaina is legal to grow, buy, sell, own, and use in most places. However it is restricted in Louisiana as of 2005.
Where can you buy Damiana?
Curiously, damiana is not carried by Amazon suppliers but by ebay sellers.
Luckily you can get it from trusted retailers like these:
Bouncing Bear Botanicals offers 3 formats of damiana:
114g for 9$; 454g for 30$; 1000g for 40$.
Arena Ethnobotanicals sells 4 ounces of damiana (112g) for 9.99$