Turnera diffusa, known as damiana, is a shrub native to southern Texas in the United States, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. It belongs to the family Passifloraceae. Damiana is a relatively small, woody shrub that produces small, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in early to late summer and is followed by fruits that taste similar to figs. The shrub is said to have a strong spice-like odor somewhat like chamomile, due to the essential oils present in the plant.

Damiana has a long history of use as an aphrodisiac. Spanish missionaries first recorded that the Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea mixed with sugar for this purpose. The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea and incense, which was used by native people of Central and South America for its relaxing effects. It is also an ingredient in a traditional Mexican Liqueur, which is sometimes used as a substitute for Triple Sec in Margaritas.

Other benefits and effects of damiana:

  • Reduces anxiety
  • Increases sexual satisfaction
  • Soothes headaches
  • Calms upset stomachs
  • Boosts mental and physical stamina

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