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Damiana (Turnera diffusa)

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Does this plant get you high? Not really. It is mildly psychoactive however. Psychoactive doesn't mean what people think all the time, as it can mean: covert, overt, poisonous, psychoactive, or dilerant. This is a covert psychoactive that borders on overt. It is weaker than cannabis but stronger than tea.

Classification: Aphrodisiac;[1][2][3][5] Mildly psychoactive;[1][2][3][5] (NOT a psychedelic); Adaptogen;[4] Diuretic;[4] Anti-microbial;[4] Anti-oxidant;[4] Stimulant(contains Caffeine)[4]; Like other members of its family, it is also used to relieve fatigue and nervous exhaustion, as well as impotence. Damiana was and still is also popular among the Native Americans. They use it as a diuretic, tonic, and nervine.[8]

Plant Family: Passifloraceae; Genus: Turnera; Species: diffusa; It's in the same plant family as Passion flower!

Common nicknames: herba de la pastora, Mexican holly, mizibcoc, "old woman's broom", oreganillo[1]

Smell: Has a very sweet smell, very unique. It may smell good to some, nauseating to others. It depends on what you like. The potency of the aroma can help you to judge the quality of the product.

Native Habitats: Americas(Peru, Mexico) and Africa.

Properties/Medicinal Benefits: [1] anaemia, bronchitis, cough, diabetes, fever, fungal disease, gastrointestinal complaints, pain, pulmonary and respiratory diseases, skin disorders, and women׳s health problems;[3] antianxiety, antiaromatase, antibacterial including antimycobacterial, antidiabetic, antioxidant, adapatogenic, antiobesity, antispasmodic, cytotoxic, gastroprotective, hepatoprotective, and aphrodisiac activities[3] [6] Oneirogen(dreams)[7] Aphrodisiac;[7] nervous system, depression, anti-cough, diuretic, nervine;

Works well with: Mullein, Cannabis, and Passion Flower(an MAOI that contains harmala and harmaline). Cannabis makes the effects of damiana more noticeable. This is probably why it was laced with jwh-018 back in the "k2" days. Peppermint, mugwort, chamomile, gotu kola, rosemary, and rose petals [7] Traditionally, Damiana was used in mixtures ( combined with other plants to get the desired results medically )[7]

Phytochemicals: flavonoids, terpenoids, saccharides, phenolics, and cyanogenic derivatives;[1] luteolin 8-C-E-propenoic acid, luteolin 8-C-β-[6-deoxy-2-O-(α-l-rhamnopyranosyl)-xylo-hexopyranos-3-uloside], apigenin 7-O-(6‘ ‘-O-p-Z-coumaroyl-β-d-glucopyranoside), apigenin 7-O-(4‘ ‘-O-p-Z-coumaroylglucoside), syringetin 3-O-[β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1→6)-β-d-glucopyranoside], and laricitin 3-O-[β-d-glucopyranosyl-(1→6)-β-d-glucopyranoside][1] Cineol, a- and B-pinene, p-cymene, and caffeine[7] maltol glucoside, phenolics, cyanogenic glycosides (7 different compounds), monoterpenoids, sesquiterpenoids, triterpenoids, the polyterpene ficaprenol-11, fatty acids, and caffeine; [3]

All of these are documented on academic databases like PubChem and Google Scholar. I link to them at the bottom of every page. [ Note this is not all of them that exist within the plant, and I never claim to cover every one of them. I try to get as many as possible listed though. ]

Warnings: Extreme doses of this stuff are sure to cause undesirable side effects. Overdose can cause: headache, horrible diarrea(it's a laxative), etc. There are a lot of b.s. warnings on big pharma sites though. They always add stuff to the list that's not true. I can't imagine what would happen if you consumed a large amount of free-base of this stuff, but I can't imagine that it would be pleasant. Each plant has its own unique purpose, and using them in any other way than that which God has intended, can lead to negative results. Let's not blame God, nor his gifts to us for this.

Preparations/Dosages: Smoked, or drank in tea. When smoked, one or two light puffs is all you need(at least for starters). Smoking an entire joint of Damiana, is too much, and usually leads to headache. Excessive use can cause headache, diarreah, and other negative side effects. Consider also how it was grown, organically or with chemical fertilizer? For brewing tea, you'll want to add a small drop of oil to the water so it doesn't boil over. Use 1-2 tsp of herb, and cover the tea with a lid so that volatile alkaloids do not extract. Allow it to cool before removing the lid. This is a method that I came up with to preserve the potency of the remaining liquid. A tincture is made by soaking the plant material in high proof liquor like Grain Alcohol for about a month. Shake it frequently, and keep it in a cool and dark place. Tinctures ensure that light nor heat damage any active alkaloids in the plant matter. A spagyric is an ancient alchemical preparation procedure where the oils are separated, the salts extracted from the plant ash using alcohol, and then they are all recombined to the spirit(tincture) to make the final product. Unfortunately freemasons and other occult cults have tied in a bunch of satanic doctrine with herbalism, and I am here to warn against it. Let's bring back herbalism to its Christian roots, and drop all this sorcery nonsense shall we?

Quick investigative note: Damiana is in the same plant family as Passion Flower! Passion flower contains harmala and harmaline much like Banisteriopsis caapi vine!(Ayahuasca vine!) So plants in this family tend to be psychoactive

What is phytochemistry: Damiana and other medicinal, psychoactive plants, and "ethnobotanicals", contain microscopic wonders (miracles even) called "compounds, "alkaloids", and "phytochemicals". Serpent medical knows this, and either free-bases them and then bans their source, or spreads disinformation about them in a feeble attempt to have them prohibited. They also use their friends in the FDA to bully people who talk or sell certain things, like Ephedra sinica and Kratom for example. I'm here to call them out, and reveal the truth. Albert hoffman, the guy who discovered LSD, was a phytochemist. Drug companies want to suppress these scientific facts that are hidden in plain sight, because their monopoly depends on it. Freemasons and other pagan cults are tied into the modern pharma industry as well.[2]

Genesis 1:29 "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for nourishment(health; meat; food; wellness; vitality)".

Damiana is something I was very excited about when I first heard of it. I heard it was a psychoactive plant and of course, curiosity earned that shop the sale. The catch is, psychoactive doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be what you want. If you're looking to get "high", you'll be disappointed. It's legal for a reason. The potency varies, and it is somewhere less potent than the weakest Cannabis, but stronger than the strongest tea. The effects are noticeable, but it depends on the quality of the product. High potency Damiana, produces noticeable psychoactive effects. They're not enjoyable enough for its popularity to take off. This plant has remained under the radar of the authorities because of this. It's not Marijuana, but it was laced with jwh-018 in the days of "k2", which has caused some confusion. People see it, or smell it, and they associate its looks and scent with "spice". It is natural, and un-laced. In Mexican culture, this species is used for gastrointestinal ailments. An extract of the herb has demonstrated antibacterial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria."[9] The studies conducted on Damiana are ground-breaking, because they confirms once again that God through nature, is literally supplying organic material that will destroy certain harmful bacteria. I choose to utilize it in powerful homemade anti-bacterial infusions for cleaning, plus it has a nice smell to it. You can add lemon and lime to enhance the potential and scent of it, and just add it to a spray bottle when cleaning your kitchen or whatever.

I can tell you from experience as well that it is a noticeable aphrodisiac. It certainly works better than green M&M's. It's very hard to find potent Damiana on the market though, so if you benefit from it, you should grow your own. I can't warn you enough though, too much ( and it is easy to take too much ) can cause diarrea, and headaches. That's not sexy at all is it? When smoked, it only takes one or two puffs to get desired results. I advise against going over that. In my personal experience, I would suggest smoking it rather than taking it internally. If you do chose to consume it in tea or capsule form, start small. I notice it seems to stimulate the memory of dreams ( oneirogenic ). The sources I have pulled up on this plant also indicate this. The leaves, look like a single blade of a sharp Sativa landrace of Cannabis. I find that interesting. I want to clear the smoke though, because when people see this stuff, they say "that looks like spice". "Spice" is plant material laced with drugs. Damiana is plant material, not laced with drugs.

There's an herb out there for everyone. This one may or may not be for you. What benefits one person, may throw another person off. I can tell you though, that this herb is meant for someone. The best thing you can do, is learn what it mixes with. Traditional cultures knew this too, and did just that. The best way to use it as an aphrodisiac, is to sprinkle a tiny bit of it in with a joint. Don't add too much. It taste just like it smells, sweet with a sour undertone, very loud on the nose, but nothing as pleasurable as the scent of Cannabis. After you've had it in your system once, the mere scent of it can have an aphrodisiac affect. I think the idea of using this in an herbal infuser, or making it into soap, could also be a good method of use. Substances can absorb through the skin as well. Remember that aroma's have an effect on libido as well, so be creative in how you choose to use it. It works for both men, and women. You can use it for more than an aphrodisiac, but note that it is rather hard to turn that part off. According to studies conducted on test rats, they seem to support the reputation of Damiana ( Turnera difussa ) being an effetive aphrodisiac.[6]

I noticed before even reading about it in some books that I purchased ( for the sake of writing this website and others ), that Damiana seemed to stimulate dreams ( or help me remember them one ). These types of substances are known as "oneirogens". I purchased a book on the subject called "Drugs Of The Dreaming Mind". I cite it at the bottom, but must warn Christians it is a new age book that promotes pharmakeia ( I had to throw it away ). It and a lot of other books use phrases like "drugs of the new world". My advise with Damiana, is to not take it too often. Learn when and how to use it, and only use it when it is needed. It's not a recreational thing, by no means. Some plants are a God-send to some people, and to others, they don't help. You gotta find which one works for you. Make sure you consider precautions, and interactions, and note that SOME "authoritative" sources(not all), are bias, and make bold claims that are not true.

Ezekiel 47:12 "And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."

Not evaluated or approved by the FDA. Consult your healthcare provider before use. Scientific facts are not to be taken as medical claims says the FDA. Not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure, any ailments, conditions, dieases etc. I am affiliated with the buy links on this page for Damiana specifically and do earn a commission. Thanks. I gotta warn against buying the books that I cite on the grounds that God doesn't like them and they are accursed. I had to throw them out. I did pull some facts from them prior however. Not books for Christians to have in their home. If you bring something cursed into your home, you shall be accursed like it, says the bible.

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Academic Sources:

[1] Zhao, J., Pawar, R. S., Ali, Z., & Khan, I. A. (2007). Phytochemical investigation of Turnera diffusa. Journal of Natural Products, 70(2), 289-292.

[3] Szewczyk, K., & Zidorn, C. (2014). Ethnobotany, phytochemistry, and bioactivity of the genus Turnera (Passifloraceae) with a focus on damiana—Turnera diffusa. Journal of ethnopharmacology, 152(3), 424-443. [Source]

[2] Newman, P. D. (2017). Alchemically Stoned-The Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry: The Psychedelic Secret of Freemasonry. Lulu. com. Source url

[4] Reyes-Becerril, M., Ginera, P., Silva-Jara, J., Macias, A., Velazquez-Carriles, C., Alcaraz-Meléndez, L., & Angulo, C. (2020). Assessment of chemical, biological and immunological properties of “Damiana de California” Turnera diffusa Willd extracts in Longfin yellowtail (Seriola rivoliana) leukocytes. Fish & shellfish immunology, 100, 418-426.

[6] Kumar, Suresh, Reecha Madaan, and Anupam Sharma. "Evaluation of aphrodisiac activity of Turnera aphrodisiaca." Int J Pharmacogn Phytochem Res 1.1 (2009): 1-4.

[9] Hernandez-Adame, L., Ruvalcaba, F., Ruiz-Gomez, M. A., Sánchez, V., Reyes-Becerril, M., Silva-Jara, J., & Angulo, C. (2021). Biological synthesis of monodisperse AuNPs@ Damiana with enhanced antiseptic activity against gram-negative bacteria. Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials, 31(10), 4018-4024.

Via: scholar.google.com

Book sources:

[7] Toro, G. and Thomas, B. (2007) Drugs of the dreaming: Oneirogens: Salvia divinorum and other dream enhancing plants. Rochester, VT: Park Street Press. [ Pages 74,75, 113 ]

[8] (Rain 1990 138) Earthway: A Native American Visionary's Path To Total Mind, Body, And Spirit Health. Book by Mary Summer Rain ISBN-13: 9780671706678

Encyclopedia references / sources:

[5] Wikipedia contributors. (2024, March 19). Turnera diffusa. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:57, March 25, 2024, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turnera_diffusa&oldid=1214464383

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