Damiana: A Potent Love Portion

Damiana Potent Love Portion

Over the centuries and around the globe, many things, including foods have been credited as aphrodisiacs. Dates, bananas, and tiger nuts have a history as aphrodisiacs, and some say plants like coconut or beetle extracts like Spanish fly can give us the zing we need in bed.

One of such things includes Damiana. Damiana, which is also known as Turnera Diffusa, is a low-growing plant with yellow flowers and fragrant leaves. It’s native to the subtropical climates of southern Texas, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Damiana’s use as a herbal remedy predates written history.

Damiana has been used in folk medicine for centuries but only a few studies have looked at this plant’s effectiveness, not only as an aphrodisiac but also as a multipurpose herb. In alternative medicine, Damiana is used to treat medical conditions, including:

Asthma

Anxiety

Depression

Headache

Constipation

Menstrual Disorders

Damiana’s use as a potent aphrodisiac dates back centuries ago. A 2009 study found that Damiana helped sexually exhausted male rats have a second ejaculation. According to the study authors, the results support its use as an aphrodisiac. The authors suggested that flavonoids in the plant may cause this effect. Flavonoids are antioxidant-rich compounds found in some fruits and vegetables. Other research suggests Damiana may also improve female sexual enjoyment.

Damiana is especially indicated for alleviating problems of achieving and maintaining erections, it also works to relieve stress and anxiety relating to fears of inadequate sexual performance. Studies have shown that consuming the plant works to slow down the digestive tract and instead rushes oxygen to genital areas.

This helps men to achieve erection much more easily and maintain it for longer periods. Yet another study claims that the use of Damiana leads to greater sensitivity in the erogenous zones, especially the genitals, which in turn may help men to experience greater sexual pleasure. It is also used to stimulate frigid women.

One of the active constituents of this herb is thymol, and it is this compound that is responsible for Damiana’s life-enhancing and stimulating effect on the mind and body. Many herbalists prescribe Damiana for mild to moderate depression, anxiety and nervous exhaustion. Its stimulating and restorative properties make it a valuable herb for anxiety and depression occurring together – as can often happen as a result of long term stress.

This versatile herb will promote digestive health by facilitating the breakdown of fats and sugars in the digestive system. This mechanism is beneficial as it increases the body’s nutrient absorption rate, thus ensuring the body receives the most nutrients found in the food we eat.

Damiana also encourages the cleansing of the gastrointestinal tract, forcing the body to eliminate harmful chemicals and toxins that would normally hinder the digestion process. This natural herb can also be used to treat dyspepsia or impaired digestion as it actively slows down the digestive process.

SIDE EFFECTS

Damiana may lower blood sugar. For this reason, it should be taken with caution in people with diabetes who take insulin or other blood-sugar-lowering drugs.

Damiana should not be taken two weeks before surgery.

The safety of Damiana has not been established in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Therefore it should not be taken by these individuals.

Damiana has no known moderate to severe interactions with other medications. Some mild interactions have been reported.

If you are taking prescription drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this or any herb.

HOW TO USE

These days, you can find dried Damiana leaves in tea bags and capsules. It’s also sold in tinctures, both alcoholic and alcohol-free.

Read the label on your Damiana preparation for dosage instructions. A general guide is to take 2 to 4 grams or less of dried Damiana in tea or capsule form with meals, three times a day.

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