Damiana (Turnera diffuser) is a small shrub with small yellow flowers that grows in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies. It has been used as an aphrodisiac for a long time, going back to the ancient Mayan civilization. It has been used as a tonic for the hormonal systems. Some have found that it can help support nerve and brain health, including support for depression and anxiety. It has also been used as an astringent and expectorant, helping the body recover from colds and bronchitis, with the potential to ease asthma symptoms.
Damiana can be taken as a tea up to three times a day. Prepare approximately 1 teaspoon (6-12 g) of damiana dried leaves in a mug of boiling water, leave to brew for 10 minutes before drinking. You can also take it in capsule or liquid extract form.
Warning: Do not take damiana with food, and avoid in pregnancy. Use with caution with antidiabetic drugs. Take in small amounts. Convulsions have been reported after taking 200 grams of damiana extract.