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Potential Medicinal properties and applications: tonic, aphrodisiac, nervous system, depression, anti-cough, diuretic, nervine ( calms nerves ).


Phytochemical Constituents & Alkaloids: Pinene, cineol, damianin; tetraphyllin B; gonzalitosin I; arbutin; tricosan-2-one; acacetin; p-cymene; sitosterol; 1,8-cineole; apigenin; a-pinene; carotene; pinene; tannins; thymol; and hexacosanol. In total, 22 flavonoids, maltol glucoside, phenolics, seven cyanogenic glycosides, monoterpenoids, sesquiterpenoids, triterpenoids, the polyterpene ficaprenol-11, fatty acids, and caffeine.[1,2]


Note: Before the epidemic of "designer drugs", including "spice" and "k2",it was used in blends that were not laced with drugs. Until recently, no one had any worries about smoking blends because there were no drugs inside of them. After the outbreak of these "designer drugs" a wave of confusion and fear became widespread. So, I would like to let you know that nothing on this website is to be confused with that smack.


Common Names: "Bignoniaceae (family), bourrique, caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide,delta-cadinene, elemene, flavone glycoside, herba de la pastora, flavonoids, Mexican damiana, Mexican holly, mizibcoc, old woman's broom, oreganillo, p-arbutin, ram goat dash along, rosemary, Turneraceae (family), Turnera aphrodisiaca, Turnera diffusa, Turnera diffusa Willd. ex Schult., Turnera diffusa Willd. var. afrodisiaca (Ward) Urb., Turnerae diffusae folium, Turnerae diffusae herba, Turnera microphylla , Turnera ulmifolia." [3]


         Another name for Damiana is Mizib-coc. The botanical is scientifically refereed to as Turnera Diffusa and is used as an aphrodisiac and tonic by herbalists. Women in Mexico commonly consume it in the form of a tea before sexual intercourse for a stimulated experience. This prized plant is believed to strengthen the nervous system and possibly even treat depression.[3] Damiana was and still is also popular among the Native Americans. They use it as a diuretic, tonic, and nervine.[1] I have personally tried the stuff and we'll get into that further down the page!


Damiana and other plants are naturally comprised of microscopic "compounds", also refereed to as phytochemical constituents or alkaloids. Please understand that I include citations at the bottom of each page to back up these statements. Phytochemistry is the study of these pharmacological alkaloids created by plants. When you hear someone flat out deny that there is science behind herbalism, feel free to inform them of this field of scientific inquiry. Too often do people claim there is no research on a subject without actually conducting the research. I'm not making medical claims or saying that "it works", but there has been studies.


"Damiana in particular is native to subtropical regions of the Americas and Africa. The history of this incredible and intoxicating flowering shrub also teaches us that it was used as a traditional medicine for coughs, diuretic properties ( increases urine flow ), and as an aphrodisiac agent. According to recent studies conducted on test rats, they seem to support the herbs reputation of use. In Mexican culture, this species is used for gastrointestinal ailments. An extract of the herb has demonstrated antibacterial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria." [3] After finding out about the study mentioning antibacterial activity, I decided to take some Damiana and add it with lemon peel, and echinacea, add a little alcohol and water, and used it as a natural DIY home cleaner!


The studies conducted on Damiana are ground-breaking because it confirms once again that nature is literally supplying organic material that may destroy certain harmful bacteria. I choose to utilize it in powerful homemade anti-bacterial infusions. Personally, from my experience I believe that it's also an oneirogen ( dream inducing substance). Other cultures believed this as well! If you use it enough then I bet you'll discover what i'm talking about. I've combined it with Ginkgo Biloba leaf for quite the effective supplement in my opinion. Always talk with a trained health care provider before blinding using something though.


How is Damiana used? There are multiple ways it can be consumed. Capsules can be made, a tea, a tincture, or a spagyric. For tea, you'll want to add a small drop of oil to the water so it doesn't boil over. Note though that it doesn't really have a bad taste, but it takes some getting used to. It's naturally kind of sweet but I suggest honey. Cover the tea with a lid so that volatile oils and other potential alkaloids do not extract. Allow it to cool before removing the lid. This is a method that I came up with to preserve the potency of the remaining liquid. The tea is some spicey liquid man. Capsules are probably the easiest, though toss and wash are probably the most effective. Another alternative is... [ see next paragraph ]


A tincture is made by soaking the plant material in high proof liquor like everclear for about a month. Shake it frequently, and keep it in a cool and dark place. Tinctures ensure that light nor heat damage any active alkaloids in the plant matter according to everything I've read in journals over the years. Its thought that the effects induced are to be enhanced by this ideaology and process. A spagyric is the ancient term for something similar. It's a preparation procedure where the oils are separated, the salts extracted from the plant ash using alcohol, and then they are all recombined to the spirit(tincture) to make the final product. Upon research, I was surprised at the amount of history I found regarding people using plants for whatever reason. Some applications were weird, some down to earth and straight forward. I like to weed out the weird and use the good.

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My Experience

An Introduction - Clearing The Smoke


         I first encountered the incredible plant known as Damiana many years ago at a little shop in Pensacola Florida called "The Psychedelic Shack". They had a small selection of these cool herbs in little packets, and no they didn't have drugs in them back then. I was very interested because they were natural roots and leaves with cool little readings on the packet about them. I wanted to try them right away after reading because I LOVE PLANTS. This and Kava Kava root were the first two ethnobotanicals that I ever encountered. Note: The quality of this herb varies from vendor to vendor. If you feel that it doesn't work then you probably have some low quality herb.


Many years later I had finally discovered through reading that there are so many plants documented with naturally occurring compounds used as anesthetics, aphrodisiacs, stimulants, sedatives, psychedelics, and so on by different cultures, on top of the phytochemical research on them.. The list goes on my friend, and the confusion today about the difference between real and fake does as well. Before the modern synthetic laced blends like "spice", a large range of herbal tobacco alternative blends were on the market with no drugs. It was a key ingredient in many of these blends because the plant on its own has stimulating effects on humans. Damiana is believed to be one of those natural psychoactive( on par with Coffee ) and therapeutic plants.


Effects


Being Buzzed Away Beneath My Feet.

For my first experiment with Damaian I would take the herb and make half of it into tea, and the other half in a cigarette. I first lit up the cigarette and slowly smoked it. I began to feel very funny all over, sorta tingly while colors seemed to enhance themselves in front of my very eyes. These effects were not as intense as they might sound, yet obviously noticeable. I felt like I was a cat that just got into a patch of good catnip. I could easily see right away how too much of this stuff could make me feel bad. From my point of view, if you can consume something responsibly, and reasonably you should be able to. It's people who go over-board that make anything look bad for everyone. You never hear anything bad about it though, and I certainly don't mean to demonize it as I see nothing wrong with it.


Later on that day I had moved on to the Damiana tea. The same thing was so, the effects were a little bit more pronounced, and longer lasting. I did noticed a burnt out tired feeling after several hours. I put about four grams of it into my tea, so I believe that was a little too much. At the time I had no idea that it was also belieed to be an aphrodisiac. Upon research, I discovered this stuff has got some odd effects. My lust for adventure, and the notion of a plant other than Coffee or Cannabis giving some mild effects influenced this decision.


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