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Damiana Leaf

Frontier Bulk Damiana Leaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb. package Frontier Bulk Damiana Leaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb. package (Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca)
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Frontier Bulk Damiana Leaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb. package
Frontier Bulk Damiana Leaf, Cut & Sifted, 1 lb. package
Size: 1 lb
Price: $30.00
Botanical Name: Turnera diffusa var. aphrodisiaca Willd. ex Schult.
Directions: To prepare as a tea, pour 8 oz. boiling water over 1-2 teaspoons of herb. Cover and steep for 5-10 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Origin: Mexico
Kosher: KSA Certified
Supplement Facts
Serving Size 1 tsp (606mg)
Servings About 748
Amount per Serving 
Damiana, cut (leaf)  606mg*
* Daily Value not established.

Common Name: Damiana
Plant Part: Leaf
Bar Code: 0-89836-00549-6
1 lb Bulk Bag 30.00 addtocart1

Damiana is a flowering shrub with aromatic leaves. A native of Mexico, Central America, and the Southwest, it has long been used to make lovers' teas, flavored wines and cordials.

Botanical name: Turnera diffusa Willd. ex Schult. var. aphrodisiaca

Botanical Family: Turneraceae

Common name: damiana

Synonyms: Turnera aphrodisiaca, Mexican damiana, hierba de la pastora

damiana sourceThe Plant: Damiana was used among early Mayans and ancient Aztecs. The fragrant leaves were made into a sweetened beverage that was enjoyed before lovemaking. It continues to be valued in the Southwest and in Central America as a libido restorative for both men and women. Damiana was also used as a folk remedy for various complaints and was listed in the U.S. national formulary until 1947. Damiana is a small shrub, three to four feet in height, native to the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America. It loves sun and warmth and needs a well-drained soil. The light green leaves are toothed, and the yellow flowers appear in summer, followed by small, aromatic fruits. The leaves are harvested just before or during flowering.

Constituents of Note: Damiana contains up to 1% essential oil, flavonoids, about 14% resins, glycosides and 3 to 4% tannins. It also contains a cyanogenic glycoside.

Quality: Damiana leaves are light grey-green and have serrated edges. The stems, which should be small and present at levels of 15% or less, are reddish-brown to reddish-grey. The aroma of damiana is somewhat camphor-like and sweet, and the flavor is bitter, aromatic, slightly pungent, and earthy.

Regulatory Status: GRAS (Title 21 172.510), Dietary Supplement

Did you know? In and around Guadalajara, the leaves of damiana herb are used to flavor a liqueur called damiana. Damiana leaves are used as a flavoring in other alcoholic beverages and teas in Mexico.

Did you know? In and around Guadalajara, the leaves of damiana herb are used to flavor a liqueur called damiana. Damiana leaves are used as a flavoring in other alcoholic beverages and teas in Mexico.

Directions: To make a warming tea, pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of damiana leaf, cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Or for an iced tea, try combining damiana leaves with spearmint leaves, half and half. To make damiana-flavored wine, steep 1/2 cup of damiana leaves in a bottle of wine in the refrigerator for one week. To make a spiced wine, add a teaspoon of cinnamon chips, ginger root pieces, and/or a few whole cloves.

Suggested Uses: Damiana is considered strengthening and tonifying to the nervous system and is often paired with oat straw for this purpose. Damiana is also a yang tonic and a mood elevator, and it's considered balancing to female cycles. As a tea, flavored wine, or cordial, damiana is consumed as an adjunct to lovemaking, a use reflected in its former botanical name, Turnera aphrodisiaca.

Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies damiana as: Class 1: herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately *Michael McGuffin, ed., American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, (New York: CRC Press, 1997)

Origins: Our damiana leaf is grown in Mexico.

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