Damiana (Turnera Diffusa)

Image of Damiana retrieved from Erowid on June 22, 2013

This shrub grows both wild and in cultivation in the hot humid climate of the area around the Gulf of Mexico and in some South American countries. It branches a great deal and reaches a height of 2 m; in the plantations it is kept cut back to about 1 m. The smooth straight branches are yellow or reddish-brown. The small leaves are alternate or in small bunches. Their upper surface is olive green, the underside lightly covered with whitish hairs, and they have toothed margins. Small yellow flowers grow in the upper leaf axils. The fruits are small capsules, tripartite and slightly curved, with a rough skin. The leaves are occasionally used as a substitute for tea. Their aromatic, slightly bitter flavor makes them well suited to the purpose. They contain a volatile oil and also substances with disinfectant properties. The plant’s traditional reputation is as an aphrodisiac.

Excerpt from page 106 of Medicines from the Earth edited by William A.R. Thomson, M.D.

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