Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a tonic beloved by Mayan and Mexican women for its ability to recover sexual vitality. As an aphrodisiac, it works to soothe frazzled nerves so that you may feel more connected to your body.
What damiana can offer you:
- As a nervine, it will calm your mind, drawing your energy from the head down into the body.
- Recover sexual vitality when it has been lost due to stress, anxiety, or depression.
- Gently uplifting, it will provide a sense of well-being.
- Soothe any inflammation in the urinary tract and nourish the kidneys.
The flavor of damiana is very pleasant and lends itself well to a tea. Add two teaspoons of dried damiana leaves to hot water and allow to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Damiana is safe to consume multiple cups throughout the day, and its effects grow stronger with time. Try drinking 1-3 cups for two weeks to see how damiana may support you.
You can find damiana at local herb shops, such as Dandelion Botanicals in Ballard, Herbal Wellness in Kirkland, or The Herbalist in Seattle.
Damiana has inspired many creative recipes. Give these Lover’s Truffles a try! P.S. If your little one gets a hold of them; it is safe, and may help to avoid bed-wetting.