Chapter: Herbs

AKA: Turnera aphrodisiaca, Turnera diffusa.

Popular in Mexico, it is used to make both a tea and a liqueur.

Effects: It may have a calming or sleep-inducing effect. It is traditionally thought of as an aphrodisiac, and has been used to treat impotence and sterility, not to mention diabetes, kidney disease, bladder infections, asthma, bronchitis, chronic fatigue, and anxiety.

Precautions: It can interfere with the absorption of iron. Evidence for its supposed aphrodisiac qualities is only anecdotal, though it is generally considered a safe herb. There appear to be no reports of toxicity.

Dosage: James A Duke, Ph.D., recommends a tablespoon of dried herb in a cup of boiling water.

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Questions and Answers

What's the difference between smoking Damiana and Salvia?, Hello,
I ordered damiana leaf because I heard that it can be quite relaxing to smoke, but then heard something about Salvia? Is it more powerful or better?

yes.. Damiana can also be smoked, whereby the effects are somewhat similar to Cannabis sativa although milder and more relaxing. Damiana has a synergistic effect with Passionflower which when smoked in a combination has been said to be extremely relaxing and promotes lucid dreaming.[4] Damiana has been included as an ingredient in herbal cigarettes.

also.. http://salviareports.com has the information you need about saliva.. its FUN/STRONG SHORT, but intense.

How do you make herbal tea with Damiana, ginkgo and passionflower taste bareable?, I haven't a clue how to make herbal tea. I just know I have never liked the taste of it. Any suggestions on how to mix Damiana, ginko and passionflower, and to taste completely different to herbal tea. I will try and test every suggestion and comment back as well.

Hi there.
Minx's answer with honey works well. here's another way. Let it cool and mix equal parts with fruit juice, fresh squeezed if possible. I have used this way with kids and they seem to tolerate it quite well. Another way is to cool it and add to a fruit smoothie.
Craig Hitchens - Naturopath

Has anyone used the supplement Damiana to help with infertility?, My husband and I have been married for over 6 years and have been trying to concieve since day 1. I've been to doctors and tried other methods, so I thought what do I have to lose if I try herbal suppliments. Anyway, I picked up some Damiana today since that is what the herbalist suggested. Has anyone had success with the suppliment. Also, if you have any other suggestions on what to use, let me know. Thanks!

Damiana de California, is good. It's a tea and induces ovulation, tell your husband to take it too. Also I highly recommend vitex, green tea (decaf), and pineapple juice from ovulation to the end of the cycle. During menstruation to take Evening Primrose Oi if your cm is not good enough. Good luck!!!

Where in Maryland can I find Damiana liquor ?, I also need the liquor to make a genuine Caipriana from South America. Anywhere in Maryland? The alcohol begins with the letters cha... I believe the drink originated in Argentina.
I understand that the bottle for the Damiana represents the Incan Goddess of Fertility and is shaped like a pregnany woman. It is supposed to be a great liquer that can be substituted for others.

Hi! The South American spirit is Cachaca, a sugar cane distillate from Brazil. A Caipirinha is a wonderful drink...you can find recipes on webtender.com and such. As for Damiana, I would search the internet for the US importer, then call that importer to see who the distributor for the product is in your area. Then, call that distributor and ask who their best Damiana accounts are in the area (retail). It will take a bit of time but should produce an answer.

ALL the different ways to get a high off Damiana?, Hi,
I recently heard that you can get a relaxing high off smoking damiana leaf and I was just wondering where I can get it. I would like to buy at a store and not on the internet. How old do you have to be to purchase it? If there is a pill form at a store or any other form are they able to be smoked also? Thanks!!

hugs not drugs

Has anyone ever smoked the Damiana Herb and got high?, I recently purchased some tea from a market (the Damiana herb) claiming to be an aphrodisiac and euphoric which could be steeped in water or smoked for an alternative high. Feeling skeptical, I rolled a Damiana joint and minutes later found myself completely high. I put the same amount in as I would weed. Has anyone ever had a similar experience?

oh my stars - No
I take Damiana internally but have not seen the Explosive Results from it like others.

I'm gonna try this what I read in one book.
10 parts milk
1 part Damiana
and 2 parts Ghee

boil until the milk evaporates and eat the remaining.

Does anyone know anything about growing damiana?, I've searched the net for damiana seeds can anyone tell me anything about this plant and how to grow it?

Turnera diffusa/ aphrodisiaca
There are sixty species of this plant! I think you probably want Mexican Damiana, this site carries the seeds, as well as some cultivation info.


Damiana capsule sellers in india , can any bodt tell where it is available in india?, Iam in bangalore i want Damiana capsule , can any body help me to get it


I have been taking damiana and now I am I am spotting almost daily.?, An herbalist told me that damiana could help regulate my cycle, but now I am spotting all the time. Could this be from the damiana or could something be wrong.

I am not sure Damiana is the cause of spotting so suggest first of all stop taking it and see if you stopped spotting, if not please go a.s.a.p to a gynecologist to find out why you are spotting.


Damiana side effects
Although rare, allergic reactions to damiana may occur. Stop taking damiana and seek emergency medical attention if you experience symptoms of a serious allergic reaction including difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives.
Other less serious side effects have not been reported, although they may occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect damiana?
Do not take damiana without first talking to your doctor if you take a medicine to treat diabetes or to control blood sugar levels such as insulin, glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Micronase, Glynase, Diabeta), tolbutamide (Orinase), metformin (Glucophage), acarbose (Precose), troglitazone (Rezulin), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others. Damiana may interfere with the control of blood sugar levels.
Interactions between damiana and other prescription or over-the-counter medicines or herbal/health supplements may also occur. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional before taking damiana if you are taking any other medicines or supplements.


What will happen from smoking blue lotus , damiana skullcap, mazateca , passion flower and salvia divinorum ?, at the same time

Good Lord! You are kidding, right?

Whoa! Very possibly a mind blowing out of body experience, and it may not be a pleasant one. A couple of those can take ya places ya don't wanna go.

If you are not kidding, please be Careful!