Damiana has an exotic history. While this herbs’ lore is often associated with its history of use in potions to arouse amorous passion, it is more reasonably associated with use to produce Mexican liqueurs, tonics and herbal teas. The aroma of the plant and essential oil is unique; pungent, bitter-sweet and similar to stronger chamomile essential oils.
Mexican folklore claims that herbal infusions of Damiana were key components in the "original" margaritas. Damiana extracts were also reportedly part of the original Cola beverage recipes. Damiana essential oil has an aroma that suggests novelty and curiosity. When combined with carrier oils and other essential oils it is a wondrous inclusion for producing an exotic massage and is well suited for intimacy and celebratory occasions.
The Damiana plant is a small shrub native to Central, South America and the southwestern United States. It blossoms in early-to-late summer, followed by small fruits tasting somewhat like figs or bitter-sweet dates. The essential oil is made by distillation of the leaves and small blossoms.
Botanical Name: Turnera diffusa
Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Flower/ Leaves
Blends Well With: Citruses and florals such as Rose
Aroma: Sweet, fruity, bright, with earthy undertones
Consistency: Thin- Medium
Color: Pale Yellow
Safety: If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
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Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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PERFUME: Combine 10 drops Damiana, 4 drops Elemi, 4 drops Rose Geranium in 1 oz grain alcohol. Let sit for an hour, then top off with 2 oz distilled water and transfer to a glass spray bottle.
APHRODISIAC: To 1 oz base lotion, thoroughly stir in 5 drops Damiana, 5 drops Neroli and 2 drops Lavender Spike. Massage onto partner to elicit romantic energy.
CALM: Add 10 drops Damiana, 10 drops Bergamot and 10 drops Muhuhu to the Ceramic Bloom Diffuser petals. Alternatively, half this recipe and add to a personal inhaler.
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