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Damiana Liqueur

damiana liquor mexican drink Damiana Liqueur is a light liqueur made with the damiana herb that grows wild in Baja California, Mexico. The Damiana Margarita is very popular in the Los Cabos area of Mexico.

Damiana (turnera diffusa) is a small shrub with smooth, pale green, oval leaves and aromatic yellow flowers. The plant is found in hot, humid climates such as Mexico and South America as well as Texas and California.

The leaves of damiana were originally used for medicinal purposes by the indigenous cultures of Central America, particularly Mexico. It has been used for many years to improve the body’s overall function including the relief of such symptoms as anxiety, asthma, poor circulation, colds/flu, constipation, depression, fatigue, headaches and nervousness. In some cases, this wonderful herb may also stimulate weight loss.

Leaves and stems of the Damiana plant are gathered at the time of flowering and then dried. These dried ingredients are used to produce the increasingly popular liquer that’s been hailed as an aphrodesiac dating back to ancient Mayan times—higher doses of damiana may even induce a mild sense of euphoria.

Now that you’ve had a brief history lesson and know what Damiana is, you might want to know what the liquer tastes like. It has a wonderfully light, sweet and satisfying flavor that is perfect alone, as an after-dinner drink, or mixed in your favorite margarita. So, for a little extra pizzaz, try a Damiana Margarita and see for yourself whether ancient history actually does repeat itself.

The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy.
by Finley Ellingwood, M.D., 1919.

Special genitourinary remedies - Agents acting upon the genito-urinary organs.

DAMIANA. Turnera aphrodisiaca. - Synonym—Turnera diffusa.

Therapy—A mild nerve tonic claimed to be valuable in the treatment of sexual impotence. Some of our physicians praise it highly for its influence in sexual neurasthenia, and it is said to correct frigidity in the female.

It had long enjoyed a local reputation as a stimulant tonic of the sexual apparatus among the natives of Mexico, before it attracted the attention of the profession. Besides its peculiar action on the sexual appetite and function, it is a general tonic, somewhat cathartic, and is slightly cholagogue.

The midwives and women of loose morals of Western Mexico also attribute emmenagogue properties to it.

It is valuable in renal and cystic catarrh and in general irritation of the urinary passages, through its influence in soothing irritation of mucous membranes.

In the line of the action of this remedy in its influence upon the reproductive organs, Dr. Reid mentions dysmenorrhea, headache, at the menstrual epoch, bad complexion, rough or discolored patches on the skin with acne, especially of a severe type, depending upon uterine irritation. Eruption resembling eczema, from insufficient menstruation.

Dr. Watkins gives as its further indications, delayed or suppressed menstruation in young girls, irregularity at the beginning of menstruation, amenorrhea in very young girls. It will certainly allay sensitiveness of the sympathetic nervous system to irritations caused by disorders of the womb and ovaries. The remedy must be given in full doses, to accomplish these results. From five to ten grains of the extract is necessary three or four times a day, and persisted in. The writer has been using it as suggested, and has been very well satisfied with it.

For more information please follow this link:
The American Materia Medica, Therapeutics and Pharmacognosy.
by Finley Ellingwood, M.D., 1919.http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed/eclectic/ellingwood/turnera.html.

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