Damiana: The Ancient Aphrodisiac You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Oysters and uni, along with Maca and Shatavari, are among the better known aphrodisiacs of our time. But there is another, lesser known libido booster starting to gain traction in the modern wellness world. You may not have heard of this herbaceous aphrodisiac, until now. Its name? Damiana.

What is damiana ancient aphrodisiac


What is Damiana?

Damiana, or Turnera diffusa, is a low-growing shrub with fragrant leaves and yellow flowers. The plant is native to Central and South America, as well as the the subtropical climates of southern Texas, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Its dried leaves are believed to have an aphrodisiac effect for both men and women.

Ancient Herbal Remedy

Damiana has been used as a herbal remedy by indigenous cultures for centuries as an aphrodisiac and tonic. While there is a lack of scientific evidence to support its effectiveness at enhancing sexual health and reliving stress, use of the herb for these exact purposes remains popular today.  

It has also been used as a primary ingredient in traditional Mexican margaritas, in lieu of triple sec.

Adaptogenic Aphrodisiac

With a historically sexual reputation, damiana is also a nervine (an herb that specifically helps to support the nervous system) that is believed to simultaneously calm and uplift.

As such, the active components of the plant are thought to reduce feelings of stress and may also increase blood flow to certain areas -leading to heightened stimulation.

In addition to its libido enhancing qualities, the plant has a history of use as an anti-depressant and digestif.

Flavor and Uses

Damiana has a bitter and spicy flavor. To use the herb, its leaves are generally dried and prepared for consumption. You can generally find dried damiana leaves in tea bags and supplement capsules. You can also find the herb in certain CBD tinctures, as well as in hot chocolate mixes and other beverage blends. 

Damiana is legal in the United States with the exception of the State of Louisiana. Louisiana banned its use in 2005 due to its inclusion in preparations of synthetic cannabis (spice). 

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