(Natural Herbs) Mexican Damiana

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Mexican Damiana Scientific Names and Common Names,Mexican Damiana Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Mexican Damiana Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Natural Herbs) Mexican Damiana


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | How Sold | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Turnera aphrodisiaca L. Turnera diffusa L. Turneraceae

Common Names

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Parts Usually Used

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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Mexican damiana is a small shrub; the long, broad, obovate, toothed, light green damiana leaves have few hairs on the rib; frequented by reddish twigs. Damiana is a small mint-like plant bearing fragrant yellowish-white flowers. Plant has a warm, bitter, camphor-like taste.
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Where Found

Found in dry places in Texas, Baja California, and northern Mexico.
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Medicinal Properties

Laxative, aphrodisiac, nervine, aperient, diuretic, stimulant, tonic
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Biochemical Information

Essential oil with cineol, cymol, pinene, arbutin, hydrocyanic glycoside, bitter principle, tannin, resin
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Legends, Myths and Stories

The Mexican damiana is considered the Mexican aphrodisiac and tonic.

Damiana is a delicate scented herb used alone or in wine and liqueur compositions as bouquet garni.
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Damiana seems to be considered as something of a natural “upper”, to be taken for nervous and sexual debility. It is reputed to have aphrodisiac properties. It is also prescribed for spermatorrhea (involuntary emissions) and for treating orchitis, a condition resulting in atrophy of the testicles. Treats frigidity in women. Improves digestion, migraines, a laxative, relieves anxiety, promotes a feeling of well-being, cystitis, depression, inability to concentrate, cures constipation. A brain and blood tonic. It is usually taken in a 1:1 mixture with saw palmetto berries.
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Formulas or Dosages

Infusion: steep 1 tsp. leaves in 1 cup boiling water. Take 1 to 2 cups per day.

Fluid extract: take 15 drops to 1 tsp., 3 times per day, before meals.

Capsules: take 1 capsule for up to 3 times daily before meals.Extract: mix 10 to 30 drops in liquid daily.

Powder: taken 3 to 6 grains, 3 times a day, before meals.
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How Sold

Damiana leaves are available from herb dealers. Also, obtainable in capsule form.
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Damiana stimulates beyond the limit of our safe and healthy resources; may have ill effect on the heart. Use this herb with medical supervision.
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, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

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, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

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