Damiana herb (Turnera diffusa) consists of the dried leaves and stems of a bush which grows in the tropical areas of America. The Aztec used it as a remedy for impotence. The Maya used it for pleasure. It’s a herb with many qualities and possible applications.
Damiana is a sexual stimulant. It contains compounds that directly stimulate the nerves and genitals. Damiana has a relaxing effect, gives a mild high and is said to be an effective aphrodisiac. The effects last for one to two hours. When used regularly for a longer period of time damiana increases potency and helps to restore the hormonal balance in women.
Preparing Damiana leaves
To make tea out of damiana herb, mix 10 to 15 grams (½ oz.) with 1 litre of water. Let this boil gently for 5 minutes, then cool it, sift it and drink a few cups.
To make damiana liquor, mix 30 grams (1 oz.) of damiana herb with half a litre liquor (Vodka) and let this soak for 5 days.
Sift it and let the alcohol drenched leaves soak another 5 days in 125 ml of mineral water. Strain out the liquid and filter it. Heat the water extract until just under the boiling point and mix it with half a cup of honey. Mix the alcohol extract and the water extract in a bottle and keep for a month.
The mix will sink down and the liquid will become clearer. Pour the liquid carefully in a clean bottle. For the best results take 1 or 2 glasses about an hour before the desired effect.