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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 Distilled
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: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2-3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is Damiana essential oil good for?
- Damiana essential oil is good for a variety of everyday purposes. It contains a significant amount of a natural constituent called 1,8- cineole which has been studied for its ability to support the respiratory system and reduce congestion. Damiana’s sweet and floral aroma also makes it a natural mood booster and stress reliever. Historically, Damiana was used as an aphrodisiac to boost libido. Finally, its unique aroma makes it a welcome addition to sophisticated essential oil blends and high-end fragrances.
- What is Damiana oil?
- Native to Central and South America, Damiana oil is produced from the flowers and leaves of the damiana herb (Turnera diffusa) – a plant with an exotic history. While this herb’s lore is often associated with its history of use in potions to arouse passion, it is more recently associated with its use as an ingredient in Mexican liqueurs, tonics and herbal teas. Mexican folklore claims that herbal infusions of Damiana were key components in the "original" margaritas. Its aroma is unique: pungent, bitter-sweet and floral with some similarities to Chamomile. When diluted, it is a wondrous element in massage oil and is well suited for intimacy and celebratory occasions.
- What is the herb Damiana good for?
- The Damina herb is steam distilled to produce 100% pure essential oil which is beneficial for a variety of health conditions. Its sweet, soothing aroma helps to reduce feelings of anxiousness when diffused and inhaled. Damiana oil has also been known to alleviate headache and neck tension. When used in a massage, it can enhance sensuality and sexual desire. Its versatility makes it a worthy addition to your aromatherapy arsenal.
- Does Damiana help erectile dysfunction?
- Throughout history, Damiana has been revered for its natural aphrodisiac properties. Even today, Damiana is found in formulations that assist with erectile dysfunction, low libido and other sexual dysfunctions. Damiana essential oil was also formulated into our Aphrodisiac essential oil blend for this reason. To use Damiana, we suggest diluting 18 drops of it in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil. Light some candles and use this oil in a romantic massage for your partner.
- How quickly does Damiana work?
- The way you use Damiana essential oil can affect how quickly it works. Additionally, the purpose you’re addressing by using Damina must also be considered. Inhalation is one of the fastest methods of absorbing essential oils into the bloodstream. This method of application is recommended for respiratory issues, mood, headaches, sleep, energy and focus. Topical use of essential oils on the skin allows essential oil to enter the bloodstream slower, which is recommended if you’re applying the oil to areas of inflammation, scrapes, minor burns, wrinkles, scars and other areas of concern.
- Who should not take Damiana?
- Damiana essential oil is safe to use when proper safety guidelines are followed. When using Damiana oil topically, we always recommend diluting it beforehand to prevent skin irritation. Because of its high concentration, only a little is needed to be diffused. We recommend diffusing 10 - 15 drops per 100 ml of water. Because babies are more sensitive to essential oils and don’t metabolize them as well as adults, we do not recommend using Damiana oil around children under 2 years old.
- What blends well with Damiana?
- Damiana’s sweet, floral, fruity and bright aroma makes it an excellent addition to other blends. This highly versatile oil blends well with citruses such as Lemon, Lime, Yuzu and Clementine as well as florals such as Rose, Lavender and Ylang Ylang. One of our favorite sweet and floral DIY diffuser blends is a combination of 2 drops Patchouli, 1 drop Damiana and 1 drop Ylang Ylang. Add this blend to your essential oil diffuser for a
- What essential oil can you substitute for Damiana?
- Several essential oils offer similar benefits to Rosemary and can act as a substitute for Rosemary oil. For respiratory support, use Damiana, Eucalyptus, Cajeput, Peppermint or Tea Tree oil. To promote hair growth, reach for Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender oil. For memory and focus, use Peppermint, Spike Lavender or Sage. If you’re looking to use Rosemary for its herbal aroma, you may also like Sage, Basil, Thyme or Cilantro.
- What does Davana essential oil smell like?
- Davana has a sweet, fruity and uplifting aroma. Many people have likened its aroma to watermelon or fruit salad. In perfumery, Davana is often paired with florals such as Rose, Magnolia and Osmanthus. For a fun and uplifting DIY diffuser blend, combine 3 drops Bergamot, 2 drops Davana, 2 drops Lime and 1 drop Ylang Ylang in your essential oil diffuser.
- Is Damiana a hallucinogen?
- Damiana has been touted by many as having a hallucinogenic effect. However, there is no evidence to support these claims. Still, Damiana is a natural mood enhancer that can reduce stress, alleviate headaches and support mental health. To use Damiana for these purposes, add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water.
- Does Damiana have side effects?
- Damiana essential oil does not have adverse side effects when following proper essential oil safety guidelines. For example, due to its concentrated nature, a little Damiana oil goes a long way. For this reason, we recommend diluting Damiana oil prior to topical use. If using Damiana oil in an essential oil diffuser, we suggest only using about 10 drops per every 100 ml of water. Furthermore, when diffusing ensure that there is adequate ventilation.
- Is Damiana good for anxiety?
- Damiana essential oil’s soothing aroma makes it a great oil for alleviating feelings of anxiety. It is especially helpful for anxiety relief when paired with other soothing essential oils such as Lavender oil, Clary Sage, Sweet Marjoram and Patchouli. To create your own soothing essential oil blend, add 4 drops Lavender, 3 drops Sweet Orange and 3 drops Damiana to your essential oil diffuser. Diffuse to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Alternatively, add this blend to an Essential Oil Inhaler and carry with you throughout the day.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
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.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
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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