Damiana shrub, also known as Old Woman's Broom, is a cousin to the passionflower vine. It has a somewhat bitter flavor with a slightly sweet, mildly earthy aroma that is commonly used as a tea or added to salads. The ancient Greeks gave the plant its original official name of aphrodisiakos given its noted effect on sexual desire which was its primary traditional use across cultures.
Damiana leaf tea has also been valued as a relaxant, digestive stimulant, mood enhancer, or just an enjoyable beverage that was often given to children. It is considered to be an adaptogen herb because it contains a number of active ingredients that can positively impact the body’s defenses against stress and the functions of the endocrine and nervous systems. In modern times it has also been used as an herbal smoke and a liqueur.
Dried Leaf / Cut & Sifted
Culinary and Medicinal Herb
TISANE "HERBAL" TEA BREW TIMES:
Ground tisane teas and tea bags - Steep 2 to 5 minutes
Loose leaf tisane teas - Steep 3-5 minutes
Root and seed-based tisane teas - Steep 6-8 minutes
*Steep in newly boiling water (212ºF) to best release the health benefits.
Specific: The leaves have a minor laxative effect and may cause loosening of the stools at higher amounts. Until more is known about damiana's effects on the female hormonal system, it should be avoided during pregnancy.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. Keep all herbs out of reach of children and pets.
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