There are times in life when we all may struggle with libido! Many things can affect our sexual health; i.e., stress, work, health status, relationship issues, depression, body image issues, or just simply being tired. Damiana is not only amazing for sexual health, but also has numerous benefits for the whole body. It is known as an aphrodisiac herb and one of the most well-known and powerful to assist in this category.
Beautiful and beneficial for both men and women alike. The Latin botanical name for the plant is Turnera aphrodisiaca, T. diffusa and T. aphrodisiaca are generally seen as the same species. This plant has a long history of its traditional medicinal use, noting especially the sexual enhancing qualities. Damiana has at least 20 natural medicinal properties including 1.8-cineole, p-cymene, alpha- and beta-pinene, thymol, alpha-copaene, and calamene. The leaves are also a source of flavonoids, tannins, damianin, beta-sitosterol, and arbutin. It is said that not all properties or benefits of this plant have been identified yet.
Aphrodisiac- improves sexual arousal and blood flow
Prevents oxidative stress in kidneys
Improves erectile dysfunction
Flushes out wastes and toxins by increasing urine production
Decreases PMS symptoms
Alleviates depression and anxiety
Helpful with respiratory ailments
If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.
Damiana can be found in tinctures, powdered in capsule form, or dried leaves for tea. I recommend drinking Damiana as a lovely, rejuvenating tea. Make sure you buy organic Damiana tea leaves, so you are not ingesting pesticides. You can also try growing Damiana yourself~ Enjoy!
*This is for general information purposes only and is meant for those interested in natural alternatives and healthy living. This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If taking medications and dealing with medical conditions, consult a naturopathic physician before adding any herbal remedies, as some can interfere with how certain meds work.
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