Damiana Tea has been well-known principally by the peoples of the Central and South American regions where it is a native of. They regard damiana as an aphrodisiac and drink damiana tea to enhance romance and lovemaking, as well as to boost sexual potency.
Also known as turnera aphrodisiaca, Damiana is a small shrub that has small yellow flowers that give off a chamomile-like aroma. It reaches a height of 4 to 6 feet and has fruits that taste like figs. Damiana blossoms in early to late summer.
The leaves of the damiana plant have long been used as a flavoring in liqueur, and for other medical, recreational, or spiritual purposes.
The current edition of the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia recommends damiana for “anxiety neurosis with a predominant sexual factor, depression, nervous dyspepsia, atonic constipation, and coital inadequacy.” But as with most herbs, it is best to consult first with your physicians before trying out damiana tea herbal remedy.
Damiana has a complex chemical composition. The identified constituents of damiana include volatile oils, flavonoids, gonzalitosin, arbutin, tannin and damianin. It also contains essential oils, cyanogenic glycosides, thymol and trace amounts of phosphorus.
Damiana tea is typically prepared by taking 2 grams of dried damiana leaves and stems, crushing it into powder, and then adding it to heated water at sub-boiling temperatures. Let steep for about 15 to 30 minutes.
It is thought that large quantities of Damiana taken internally may cause insomnia and headaches and in some cases liver damage. Pregnant women should also avoid use of damiana.
Some of the health benefits attributed to this herbal tea are the following:
- Can help enhance sexual stimulation in both sexes. It may help counter impotence for men and frigidity in women.
- May help increase energy and combat lethargy.
- May help fight nervous dyspepsia and other digestive problems.
- May help fight asthma.
- May help enhance the mood and fight depression.
- May help fight neurosis.
- May help lower blood sugar.
- May help fight menstrual disorders.
- May help suppress cough, and may help in fighting bronchitis.