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 Scientific Names Damiana

Turnera aphrodisiaca L.

Turnera diffusa L.


 Common Names

Mexican Damiana

Parts Usually Used


Description of Plant(s) and Culture

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..

Medicinal Properties

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

Biochemical Information

Essential oil with cineol, cymol, pinene, arbutin, hydrocyanic glycoside, bitter principle, tannin, resin

Legends, Myths and Stories

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.


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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