Damiana (botanical, Latin name: Turnera diffusa) belongs to the plant genus Turneraceae (saffron mallow plants). Because of the aphrodisiac effect Damiana is also called “Shirt Extractor” in Mexico. The yellow-flowering plant is used because of the essential oils (thymol, cineole) also for colds and used because of the caffeine content as a pick-me-up. The Damianapflanze is spread from the south of North America to Argentina. Also in Europe this versatile medicinal plant is often used.

    Turnera diffusa / Damiana


    How does the damiana plant affect the body?

    Damiana is mainly attributed a stimulating and at the same time relaxing effect. Circulation increases are also observed. There are several forms in which Damiana can be taken.

    How can I take Turnera diffusa?

    The harvested leaves of the plant are dried and crushed or ground. The yellow flowers are not intended for use. In the native application of Turnera diffusa in South America, a tea is prepared. Some sweeten the tea to improve the taste. But once you get used to the spicy tea, you also appreciate it. Here is an overview of different forms of application

    • Damiana granules are available in the pharmacy
    • Damiana tea can be made from leaves; These are available in the pharmacy, but also in special shipping, then there in larger containers
    • Damiana liqueur (a delicious drink, as you know in Mexico)
    • Damiana film-coated tablets – various suppliers have come up with the idea to use the plant commercially; however, one should pay attention to the effective ingredients
    • Damiana; the green leaves are also suitable for chewing or for preparing a tincture

    Experiences with the Damiana plant?

    In many forums on topics such as sexuality, health and partnership positive experiences with the – also Indian plant – mentioned Turnera diffusa reported. Since the effect as an aphrodisiac is purely vegetable, this medicinal plant is also taken from people who value a healthy diet, like.

    Damiana as an aphrodisiac

    Herbs have been used as aphrodisiacs since time immemorial. Meanwhile, the topic of aphrodisiac, various pharmaceutical manufacturers come up with the idea to use these herbs commercially as a medicine. The German pharmacist newspaper describes in a report on a Damianapräparat above all the application by women. According to the report from the Apotheker-Zeitung, some women experience their sexual desire as inadequate (sexual inappetence or sexual aversion, lack of libido).

    The natural herbal ingredient is well accepted; In fact, there are several active ingredients, including ingredients such as terpenes and tannin and caffeine. An overview for those interested


    • Damianin
    • Arbutin
    • Cadinen
    • Thymol
    • Pinene
    • Cineole

    Also stimulating ingredients:

    • Tannin
    • Caffeine

    The individual ingredients and their effect will be discussed elsewhere on this website.

    Reports of serious side effects do not seem to be available. The statements on the aphrodisiac effects of Damiana preparations and other herbal libido preparations are more restrained in this article. There is insufficient evidence on the efficacy of increasing libido. Undoubtedly, there are many reports from ethnobotany and ethnopharmacy that make the experiment with the South American plant recommendable.

    It can be assumed that this is not a classic sexual enhancer or a drug that works wonders. Rather, it is likely that a variety of factors and agents, including in their interaction, can have a positive effect on the love life.

    Further information about the foreign medicinal plant

    Where does the name Damiana come from?
    The so-called trivial name (in contrast to the botanical name) is due to the patron saint of pharmacists, St. Damian.

    Do I need a recipe to buy Turnera diffusa?

    No, no recipe is required. Turnera diffusa is also approved for many years of use – but you should also check with your doctor if you are using this traditional medicinal herb if you are planning a long-term use.