Damiana is used to treat headache, bedwetting, depression, nervous stomach and constipation; for prevention and treatment of sexual problems; boosting and maintaining mental and physical stamina and as an aprodisiac. It has small, yellow-brown aromatic leaves. Damiana has been used in Mexico and southward to Central and South America since the times of the ancient Aztec, and is still quite popular today. Although its effect on sexual desire was its primary use across cultures, it was also valued as a nerve relaxant, digestive stimulant and mood enhancer.
Latin name: Turnera Diffusa Wild. Ex Schult.
Origin: a wild shrub that grows in Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies.
Permitted plant parts: The leaf and stem are used to make medicine. Historically, it was used mostly to increase sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac).