The damiana or damiane is an aromatic small tree or bush (not more than two meters high) that has woody stems. The leaves are isolated, long and iron-like, pale green in color, with a powerful scent of chamomile. These flowers, which do not appear until early summer, are small and yellow, and the fruit has a flavor approaching fig.
The damiana takes its origin in Mexico, it has taken off in many countries with hot and humid climates since it is a tropical plant found in Africa and India, the West Indies, southwest of Texas , in central America and the Caribbean.
It is in the leaves that we find its active ingredients. They contain arbutin (alkaloids), volatile essential oils (chamomile scent), delta cadinene, tannins, thymol and cineol, glucoside, resin and gum.
Damiana and its medicinal virtues
Damiana was listed in the European pharmacopoeia as a natural aphrodisiac, but it also has other medicinal properties, it is an antidepressant, a diuretic, a natural urinary antiseptic, a purgative and a laxative.
It is an aphrodisiac as much male as female, it acts by stimulation of the sexual organs (libido), treating the dysfunctions (premature ejaculation and impotence), regulates the disorders of the menstruation (amenorrhea or dysmenorrhea) while strengthening the organ feminine.
The benefits of damiana treats, relieves and soothes urinary tract infections, urethritis (inflammation of the urethra), cystitis and kidney inflammation by its diuretic and antiseptic action. It also acts on intestinal transit to regulate it, ideal for treating certain digestive disorders by its purgative and laxative properties.
The leaves intervene to tone the body in cases of great fatigue or exhaustion, its effectiveness is on depression, stress and anxieties by stimulating the nervous system.
In America it is integrated into the composition of a liqueur very popular with all, moreover this damiana liqueur is found in a cocktail called damiana margarita. The leaves are also used to make herbal tea with a very pleasant, slightly bitter flavor.
Sexual disorders, sexual dysfunctions, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, menstruation, fatigue, mild depression, stress, anxiety, urethritis, cystitis, aphrodisiac, antidepressant, diuretic, urinary antiseptic