Damiana Tea: Benefits & How to Make

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Regular consumption of damiana tea can provide important health benefits, particularly for people with digestive issues, or those who need a bit of an energetic boost.

What is Damiana Tea?

Damiana tea is a traditional herbal tea that is made by steeping the leaves of the damiana plant, scientifically known as Turnera diffusa. These dried leaves have been used in traditional medicine dating back to the time of the Aztecs and Incas. These tea leaves are primarily grown in Texas, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The leaves have a number of uses, aside from being made into a tea, such as in herbal smoking combinations and even in certain alcoholic liqueurs. The tea is rich in flavonoids, which can explain many of its health benefits.

Damiana Tea Benefits

The most notable health benefits of damiana tea include its effects on fertility, sex drive, digestive health and energy levels, among others. The flavonoids found in this tea are able to give your body a major boost, and these stimulant qualities are also known to help increase sex drive and overcome frigidity. The effects that the tea can have on the hormones is undeniable, and not only can it help to improve fertility, but can also regulate menstruation and prevent many of the common symptoms of that monthly cycle.

How to Make Damiana Tea?

Brewing damiana tea is quite easy to do at home, provided you have access to these dried leaves. Let’s take a look at how to make the tea below.

How to Make Damiana Tea

Known for its aphrodisiac properties, damiana tea helps in inhibiting stress and anxiety. It also helps to regulate menstruation, whilst improving digestion and metabolism. Yes, it is a one-stop shop for all things herbal, natural and therapeutic. It can be easily made at home if you have access to damiana dried leaves. Let's take a look at the recipe below. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Others
Keyword: Damiana Tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1-2 tsp damiana leaves
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Instructions

  • Place 2 teaspoons of dried damiana leaves in a tea infuser or teapot.
  • Bring a saucepan of water to boil and then pour over the leaves.
  • Allow this mixture to steep for 15-20 minutes, then strain the tea.
  • Add honey or a lemon wedge for flavor, if desired and enjoy the cup of hot tea with your friends and family!

Notes

Although damiana is great for your health, it is advised to be used carefully by people having liver or kidney problems and pregnant and breastfeeding mums. Although it can be smoked but is not advisable as it can cause severe hallucinations if this happens, go to your nearest emergency hospital.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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