---Part Used---Leaves. ---Habitat-- -Mexico, South Arnerica, Texas, West Indies.
---Description- --A small shrub; leaves smooth and pale green on upper side, underneath glabrous, with a few hairs on the ribs, ovolanceolate, shortly petiolate with two small glands at base; flowers yellow, rising singly from axils of the leaves, capsule one-celled splitting into three pieces; smell aromatic, taste characteristic, bitterish, aromatic and resinous.
---Constituents- --A greenish volatile oil, smelling like chamomile, amorhpous bitter principle Damianin, resins and tannin.
---Medicinal Action and Uses---Mild purgative, diuretic, tonic, acting directly on the reproductive organs, stimulant, hypochondriastic, aphrodisiae.
---Preparations- --Fluid extract, 1/2 to 1 drachm. Solid extract, 5 to 10 grains. Often combined with Nux Vomica, Phosphorus, etc.
---Other Species--- Turnera opifera leaves are used as an infusion and given as an astringent and tonic by the natives of Brazil, also T. ulmifolia for its tonic and expectorant properties.
Aplopappus discoideus was formerly sold as Damiana, but can easily be detected, as the leaves are distinctly lanceolate, with only two or three teeth on either side.
Scientific and Medicinal Information Damiana is a low-growing plant that loves dry soil and plenty of rocks. It's native to Mexico, Central and South America. The flowers are yellow and small, and damiana bears a small sweet-smelling fruit as well. It's used as an herbal remedy to enhance sexual performance, as well as a very long list of other physical ailments.
Also Known As Latin: Turnera diffusa or Turnera aphrodisiaca Common names: damiana
Magickal Properties Damiana was used as an aphrodesiac tea by the Aztecs and the Mayans, and is still used today predominantly in love and sexuality spells. It's also used for fertility, but that is strictly a magickal association (NOT a medical one ).
The leaves are used in magick, and can be worked in charm bags, incense or even in tea. If you make damiana tea, be prepared to add honey or sugar. I've heard it's quite bitter. One warning though, you should not consume damiana tea if you are pregnant or diabetic. Damiana is also sometimes used as an incense to promote psychic dreams.
More Correspondences Planet: Mercury, Venus Element: Fire Associated Deities: Venus
Disclaimer: No information within this newsletter should be considered medical advice. Please do further research or check with a physician before using any of these herbs in a medical fashion.
Botanicals, honey and fruits steeped in water or alcohol are often called floral or herbal waters.
Infusion Methods: A process of soaking herbs in water. An 'infusion' is used when preparing more fragile parts of the herb...leaves, fruit, seeds, etc. For use in lotions, waters, soap making and toners.
Hot Infusion: Boil water. Add to 1 tsp. dried herb. Cover and steep for 8-13 minutes. Strain, cool. Drink as a tea, add to a bath, rub into furniture and floors, anoint body, and make the air more pleasant. Bark, root, resin and bruised nuts, seeds, buds are good for hot infusions.
Cold infusion : Steep in cold water or milk for several hours. Used internally as a tea or as a poultice on body.
Rose Water Rosewater can be used in the bath, (1cup), hot tub or as a splash after bathing . Floral waters tone and clear the skin, and act as a hydrating agents, and help to normalize the acid balance of the skin.
2 Cups distilled water 1/4 cup vodka 1 large clear and clean container 2 cups fragrant rose petals
In your very clean container fill with rose petals 3/4 of the way full. If you want to ingest your rosewater make sure your rose petals were organically grown. Pour the water in until it covers the petals completely. Once your water is in, add your Vodka. Put on your lid and shake it up a little to make sure the ingredients mix completely. Place in the sun and wait about two weeks. The water will start to turn in a few days. Strain out the rose petals through a coffee filter and presto your have made your very own rose water. Please note: The unscented vodka will kill any bacteria on the petals and the alcohol prolongs the scent. Store in the refrigerator use within two weeks If fragrance is not strong enough add a few drops rose oil.
Lavender Water Simply replace rose petals with 1 1/2 c. lavender flowers.
Lavender Linen Water Recipe Ingredients: 100 drops (5 ml) lavender oil 5 drops peppermint oil* 1 1/2 fluid oz. (45 ml) vodka (highest proof available) 20 oz. distilled or still spring water Blend the essential oils with the vodka in a small glass bowl. Stir well to amalgamate. Pour water into a large glass bottle. Add oil mixture to water. Please note: The linen water may be cloudy. This is normal and won't stain linen. Shake bottle before you use it.
FLORAL WATER FOR SKIN To 25ml (5 tsp) of distilled water add 5 drops of one of the following essential oils: Rose, Chamomile, Neroli, Lavander Close bottle firmly and always shake well before use to mix the oil and water.