Used as a Nervine Tonic, Antidepressant, Bitter, Mild laxative, Mild diuretic, Testosteromimetic, Increases stamina, Aphrodisiac (traditionally).
The origin of the common name damiana is from the Greek daman or damia meaning "to tame or subdue." It is the feminine version of Damian and infers that damiana is the wild one "who tames." It is believed that the indigenous Guaycura in the Baja region of Mexico were the first to use damiana. According to legend, the herb became wore widely distributed when the Guaycura began trading with the Aztecs. Damiana was also highly valued in ancient times by the Mayans, who used the plant in a similar manner to the Aztecs and the Guaycura.
Dried damiana leaf can be brewed into a tea, made into a tincture, and used in herbal smoking blends. Damiana leaves are often infused in alcohol to make liqueurs or cordials.
Qualities: Dry, neutral, bitter
Combine with Oat tops Avena Sativa for nervous system debility and depression
Combine with Rose for grief and broken heart
No known precautions. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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