Spring is almost here, and love will soon be in the air. Do you feel the love? If not, perhaps you’ll want to consider Damiana. This shrub has been known to the ancient Aztecs for its medicinal properties–particularly within the realm of supporting passion in the bedroom.
As part of his book, “The Herbalist,” our founder Joseph Meyer wrote of Mexican Damiana. Here is the brief excerpt:
Mexican Damiana (Tunera Aphrodisiaca–Turneraceae)
Common Name: Damiana
Part Used: The leaves
Description: Damiana is a small shrubby plant of Northern Mexico, Lower California, and Texas, growing in dry soil. Leaves are alternate 3/4 to one inch long, wedge-shaped base, toothed obovate, light green, with whitish hairs, warm mint-like taste and aroma similar to oranges when dry.
Properties: The leaves are tonic stimulant and laxative. It is reputed to be peculiary effective as a tonic when used in combination with Palmetto Berries.
Does: A teaspoonful of the leaves to a cup of boiling water. Drink cold one or two cupfuls a day, a large mouthful at a time; of the tincture, 1/2 to 1 fl. dr.