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Little-known damiana is a small shrub native to Texas in America.
In its natural form, damiana is said to have a strong spice-like odour and has been compared to chamomile.
Although it is relatively small in size, its health and psychological benefits are large, owing to the multitude of essential oils present in the plant.
Damiana is definitely most famed for its libido-boosting properties.
The native people of Mexico, including the Mayan Indians, have used the leaves as an aphrodisiac for centuries.
It is thought that the herb not only increases libido, it also enhances sexual pleasure for both men and women - and is still to this day prescribed in Mexico as a mood-enhancing medicine.
A study performed in 2009 by Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry supports the long-established belief that damiana is an aphrodisiac.
"This pro-sexual effect is attributed to the mechanism of action of compounds called flavonoids, which are found in damiana leaf," explained health specialist Mia Paul.
Some have even said that regular use of damiana has helped them perform longer in the bedroom.
If that doesn't float your boat, damiana is also thought to have other psychological benefits.
As well as getting you in the mood for love, it can also get you in the mood for some serious relaxation.
The two species used in herbal healing - Turnera aphrodisiaca and Turnera diffusa - which are thought to relieve anxiety and nervousness, and sometimes even mild depression
Damiana is thought to be particularly effective in curing anxiety if the root of the problem is a sexual one.
Because of the essential oils present in the plant, it is thought that damiana is great at keeping your immune system healthy and able to fight illnesses that may attack.It has been used traditionally to improve the digestive system, especially as a tool to treat constipation.
Posted by Freya Harper