For many of us, summertime is “Go go go!”, trying to get as much activity in as possible before precious summer vacation is over. Then, autumn comes around and we’re back to school, back to work, starting new routines and schedules, preparing for winter, all with little time for relaxation. Many people suffer from stress related illnesses this time of year such as, anxiety, headache, depression, insomnia, tension, stomach pains, constipation, adrenal exhaustion, and joint pain to name a few.
As we are transitioning to a new season, it is crucial to defend the body against stress in order to avoid catching a cold or lowering the body’s immune function. If you need a friend to help you through stressful times, consider Damiana, one of our favorite herbs here at the Happy Herb Shop.
“This natural compound has modulated the levels of interleukin-6, interleukin-10 and TNF-α. No in vitro or in vivo toxicities for arbutin were observed.
Thus it can be concluded that Turnera diffusa possesses anti-ulcer activity, which could be attributed to lipid peroxidation inhibitory, immuno modulatory and anti-oxidant mechanisms of arbutin but not to the intervention with nitric oxide inflammation pathway.”
“The results support the use of Turnera diffusa as an aphrodisiac in traditional medicine and suggest possible therapeutic properties of Turnera diffusa on sexual dysfunction. The flavonoids present in active extract may participate in its pro-sexual effect, which is analogous to those produced by yohimbine, suggesting a shared mechanism of action.“
One cup per day of Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a strengthening tonic for the central nervous system. Damiana is a wild shrub that grows in Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies. The leaf and stem are used to make medicine (tea, tincture, etc.). Historically, it’s been used to treat headache, bedwetting, insomnia, depression, tension, pms, menstrual cramps, nervous stomach, and constipation. It is used to boost and maintain mental and physical stamina, as an aphrodisiac, and sleep aid. Many people find damiana to be calming yet “uplifting” to their mood.
How to Make:
- ½ tsp of Damiana per 1 cup of boiling water.
- Cover with a tight fitting lid.
- Steep 5 minutes.
- Strain and enjoy this delicious tea!
Drink any time of day, and consider pouring in a thermos for peace and relaxation throughout the day.
If making tea doesn’t fit into your schedule, consider a damiana tincture (alcohol extract). A more potent extract than tea, damiana tincture is available in a convenient 1 oz bottle that easily slips into a pocket or purse. Take 20-30 drops in a little water 1-3x per day.
Also, Damiana can be smoked or even vaporized! Damiana is a great choice for those transitioning from tobacco products.
Damiana tincture and loose leaf tea are always available at The Happy Herb Shop. Stop by today for a free sample!
*As always, consult your licensed healthcare physician before taking herbal products. Damiana is not recommended for those pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Phytochemical Investigation of Turnera diffusa
- Anti-aromatase activity of the constituents from damiana (Turnera diffusa)
- Multi-wavelength high-performance liquid chromatographic fingerprints and chemometrics