At some point in your life, you may feel that your sex drive has gone awry. It is not what it used to be, you might say. But you are not alone on this. A lot of people from all walks of life have experienced a decrease in their libido. This will eventually affect your relationship with your partner, even if you share a strong relationship with him/her.
According to experts, a sexless relationship can put a toll on any type of relationship. This is especially true if your partner has a higher sex drive than you or the other way around.
A lack of sex drive is one of the main reasons couples argue. Oftentimes, it places above money and other sources of conﬂict. But there are tons of reasons this issue arises. The most common one is a medical issue. Regardless of the cause, you can increase your sex drive without resorting to prescription medicines.
Known to herbalists as Turnera diffusa, Damiana grows abundantly in hot, humid climates. Hence, it is common to see it growing in Mexico, South America, California, and other hot, humid places. Its scientiﬁc literature is dated back more than 10 decades ago after its aphrodisiac effects had been unearthed.
It was the Mayas who ﬁrst started using this herb. At that time, these people used it to treat their loss of balance. In the last century, however, this herb has been primarily used as an aphrodisiac. According to a Spanish missionary, the Mexican-Indians drank the leaves of this herb because of their love-enhancing properties.
It was only in the 1870s that damiana was imported to the US and marketed as a tincture. It was advertised as a natural aphrodisiac. Through its aphrodisiac properties, it was given to aged men and women to improve their sexual ability. Even up to now, this herb enjoys success in this ﬁeld.
In 1888, it was included in the ﬁrst edition of NF or National Formulary. It was noted as an elixir and ﬂuid extract. But it did not end up in the US Pharmacopeia. The elixir part was eliminated from NF in the year 1916. Its ﬂuid extract and leaves were still listed up to 1947. Even though many companies were still selling it to the market, the herb’s popularity had almost disappeared after it was unlisted in the NF. But it was brought up again in the 1960s through a hippy movement.
These days, you can ﬁnd damiana in various herbal supplements that claim to improve sex drive. People in the Caribbean obtain the herb’s leaves and boil in water. The vapors produced are inhaled to relieve their headaches. They also make a damiana tea as a way to control bed wetting.
It is difﬁcult to understand damiana’s chemical structure. But herbalists
consider its active components as the reasons for its medical uses and applications. The volatile oil in this herb contains at least 20 useful elements, like calamine, alpha, and beta-pinene. Its leaves, on the other hand, are rich in ﬂavonoids, tannins, arbutin, and beta-sitosterol.
Currently, damiana is processed in different forms, such as tablets, tea, tinctures, extracts, and capsules. However, you will need to combine it with other herbs to obtain its higher efficiency. Although many doctors are still hesitant to consider it as a useful herb in treating various illnesses, including loss of libido, herbalists and other individuals who have already tried its beneﬁcial effects are considering this plant as precious. Nevertheless, research is still necessary to further verify its actions to the human body.
Abundant in Central and South America, damiana is being used in medical preparations. The two species of damiana used in herbal healing are Tumera aphrodisiac and Tumera diffusa. Its other names will include pastorate, organelles and woman’s broom, among others. The most useful part of this plant is its leaf, where its beneﬁcial components are concentrated. Either you chew it raw or use it to make a tea; damiana is a wonderful herb with many health beneﬁts.
Here is a list of the most common uses of damiana.
1. Sexual Function
Whether it is in pill or liquid form, this plant offers positive sexual beneﬁts.
Women also beneﬁted from this plant as it increases their libido, which is driven by the pleasurable nature of the sex. Because of its anti-anxiety and aphrodisiac components, it reduces the tension and nervousness of women, which may prevent them from achieving the female climax.
Apart from its aphrodisiac effects, Damiana can also be used to treat depression. It can boost your overall mood by allowing you to feel better all the time. Because of these effects, herbalists do recommend it to patients suffering from anxiety. Through its natural ability to relieve anxiety and reduce stress, Damiana can also be used to modify and control nervous responses in patients with problems regarding the central nervous system.
3. Urinary Tract Infection
Damiana is not only known for its aphrodisiac effects and calming components but it is also known for its diuretic and antiseptic properties. Because of these, it can be used as an herbal remedy in treating urinary tract infections. The arbutin of this plant is converted into hydroquinone, which becomes a powerful antiseptic.
This plant also provides laxative effects to those suffering from constipation as it relaxes the muscles in the gastro-intestines.
You can use damiana in treating your headache by boiling its leaves in water and inhaling its steam. Because it provides soothing effects on the CNS, it can treat painful headaches.
The lack of energy can be alleviated through the use of damiana as it can enhance blood circulation and improve stamina.
7. Menopausal Symptoms
Damiana is also useful in regulating hormone production and its levels, thereby, effective in alleviating the symptoms of menopause, including night sweats and hot ﬂashes. Other uses of damiana will include as a ﬂavoring to many liqueurs, tea, and beverages. It can also be added as a ﬂavoring to some foods in Mexico. In fact, it has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for food use.