Damiana leaves have traditionally been used to make damiana tea or burned as an incense which was used by the ancient Mayan civilization of Central and South America for its relaxing and aphrodisiac effects. Today it is also sometimes used as an herbal smoke, often combined with other herbs.
Damiana is an ingredient in a traditional Mexican liqueur, which is sometimes used in making margaritas in place of triple sec. Mexican folklore claims that it was used in the original margarita recipie. Currently the damiana margarita is popular in the Los Cabos region of Mexico.
Spanish missionaries first reported that the Mexican Indians made a drink from the damiana leaves, added sugar, and drank it for its purported power to enhance lovemaking.
The Greeks named it aphrodisiakos, and it was known as the “goddess of love”.
Traditional Preparation: The traditional preparation calls for 2-4g of dried damiana leaves infused in a cup of boiling water. 2-3 cups daily.
Effective Aug 8, 2005 (signed into law Jun 28, 2005) Louisiana Act No 159 makes 40 plants illegal, including the herb Damiana (Turnera diffusa).