Turnera diffusa, Damiana.

Turnera diffusa, Damiana. Native to warmer regions of the Americas, it was a member of the Turneraceae, but new genetic data now places it in the Passifloraceae. Its long standing reputation as an aphrodisiac evolves out of attempts to market the herb in the 1870s. Historically, damiana has been consumed as a beverage tea in western Mexico. Traditionally, it was considered a tasty tea, with stimulating and soothing qualities. It was also employed as a pleasant warm drink to treat colic and to stimulate the menses. The steam from the tea was inhaled to relieve headache, and sipped to stop bedwetting. Writing from La Paz, Mexico in February 1904, Prof. John Uri Lloyd, observed, “Damiana is a homely, domestic remedy, innocent of the attributes under which, in American medicine, it has, for a quarter of a century, been forced to masquerade.”

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