DAMIANA ESSENTIAL OIL
Damiana is a small shrub native to rocky and arid regions of Central America. Its habitat ranges from southern parts of the US to Brazil. It was named in honour of St. Damian, the patron saint of apothecaries. Damina’s essential oil content ranges from 0.2% - 0.9% and is distilled from the aerial parts. It is mentioned as an ingredient of original Margarita recipes.
The Mayan herbalists called it ‘misib-coc’, which roughly translates as ‘asthma-broom’. As a nervous system relaxant, it can help to suppress the coughing reflex. Its relaxing properties are also helpful for treating digestive problems, especially those linked to stress and nervous complaints and PMS. Damiana is also very valuable as a relaxant for menstrual problems. However, Damiana's best-known properties are its aphrodisiac powers. As a nervous system tonic, it can help to regulate the finely tuned balancing act between stimulation and relaxation on which successful sex depends (in both men and women). In aromatherapy, it can be included in massage oil blends or diffused in an oil lamp to soothe respiratory problems.
Damiana has been incorporated in love philtres and aphrodisiac massage blends. Its relaxing action dispels mild anxiety while stimulating sensuality and creative playfulness.
Damiana has a very distinct, warm, aromatic herbaceous scent with sweet overtones. Perfumers place it in the middle to top note range. It blends well with Jasmine, Hyssop, Clary Sage, Juniper, Myrtle, Verbena, Ylang Ylang.