Damiana Essential Oil
- Product Code: EO-D03
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Damiana essential oil is famed for its aphrodisiac properties. It is also good for anxiety, stress, depression, balancing the hormones and stimulating the digestive system.
- Ex Tax: £6.67
Damiana essential oil comes from an aromatic flowering shrub native to southern Texas, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The shrub has a strong spicy aroma, a little similar to chamomile. It produces fragrant, bright yellow flowers in early to late summer, followed by fruits that taste a little like figs. The essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers and leaves and has a rich, warm, sweet, herbaceous aroma with a slight bitter undertone.
The Mayan people traditionally used damiana leaves and stems in a medicinal tea. It was well known for its aphrodisiac powers and its relaxing and sedating properties, and was also used in a 19th century patent medicine called Pemberton’s French Wine Coco (an early version of Coca Cola). This medicinal beverage contained cocaine, wine, damiana and kola nuts and was marketed as an ‘invigorator of the sexual organs’ and a cure for many other things such nerve trouble, headaches and digestive problems.
Damiana is still used today in herbal medicine. It is also used in a traditional Mexican liqueur that can be added to margaritas in place of triple sec. Mexican folklore claims that damiana was actually used in the very first margaritas.
Damiana essential oil is thought to have a balancing effect on the Sacral chakra which is associated with the emotional body, sensuality, and creativity. It is most well known as a nerve relaxant, mood enhancer, hormone balancer, digestive stimulant and general tonic. As its traditional usage suggests, it is also thought to have powerful effect on a person’s sexual energy.
- Botanical name: Turnera diffusa
- Plant family: Turneraceae (often included in Passifloraceae)
- Origin: Mexico
- Note: Middle to top
- Extraction method: Steam distilled
Do not use while pregnant or breast feeding. Do not use if diabetic or for 2 weeks prior to undergoing surgery. Do not use in large quantities as it may upset emotions and even cause hallucinations if used in excess. It is best to avoid with mental health problems such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or manic depression.
The oil’s balancing effect on the hormones may assist with acne breakouts and other hormonal skin problems.
Damiana has a calming, uplifting and balancing effect on the emotions. It is helpful for relieving anxiety, stress and depression. It is also thought to stimulate creativity.
Damiana oil has a tonic effect on the hormones and can be helpful for balancing menstrual irregularities and associated problems such as mood swings, headaches and acne breakouts. It helps to stimulate the digestive system and soothe digestive discomforts such as constipation. It can also help to relax the stomach and relieve painful cramps and its diuretic and antiseptic properties can be helpful for urinary tract infections. Known as an aphrodisiac ‘love potion’ in Mexico, it is thought to increase the flow of oxygen to the sexual organs in both men and women, helping to boost libido and assist with sexual problems such as frigidity and impotence.
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Other herbal oils such as Rosemary or Thyme as well as Chamomile, Jasmine, Lavender, Rose, Vetivert, Ylang Ylang