Originally from Mexico, Central America, Antilles and parts of South America, damiana is a plant of the Turneraceae family. It is well known, above all for its medicinal properties. Depending on where it is found, it may also be known as damiane.The species is identified by having serrated leaves, small yellow flowers that sprout in early summer and fruit with a sweet smell and taste. Another very striking feature of Damiana is its aroma. Many people even say that it is similar to chamomile.

The plant’s medicinal effects can be extracted from its leaves, which are harvested at the time of flowering. In the Mayan civilization, the plant was used for aphrodisiac purposes. For the same purpose of use it was listed in the National Form of the United States, between the years 1888 to 1947.

medicinal properties

Over the years, natural medicine has begun to find other ways to use damiana for health benefits. Among them, emphasis on the astringent, antispasmodic, antidepressant and antiseptic action, in addition, of course, to the aphrodisiac powers, which made the plant gain fame.

It can also be used to combat conditions such as asthma, weakness, bronchitis, renal and cystic catarrh, cystitis, constipation, respiratory disorder, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, dyspepsia and dysentery.

The medicinal use of damiana is also associated with the cure of headaches, kidney and bladder diseases, venereal diseases, bowel diseases, leukorrhea, Parkinson’s disease, paralysis, vision problems, kidneys, rhinitis, rheumatism, syphilis, peptic ulcers , urethritis and gallbladder.

Damiana tea

To prepare damiana tea you will need a liter of water and a tablespoon of dried herb leaves. Bring the water to a boil, as soon as it reaches the boiling point, turn off the heat. In another container, place the dried damiana leaves and then pour the hot water. Keep the container capped for about five minutes. After this time, use a sieve to remove any excess leaves. The indication is that up to three cups of tea are consumed per day.


To include Damiana in the treatment of any disease, the patient must take into account the medical evaluation. Because, even if the treatment has natural foundations, it is always good to do it without any guilt or fear of a more serious reaction. In any case, pregnant or nursing women should not use damiana tea. Furthermore, its use should not be associated with other stimulant drugs, as it can cause serious health complications.