March Essential Oil of the Month: Damiana - Naturally Blended

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March Essential Oil of the Month: Damiana

Is it purely a coincidence that March’s Oil of the Month selection is a well-known aphrodisiac? After all, spring is the season for the birds and the bees, if you know what I mean. But Damiana is so much more than that! The exotic herb that produces this essential oil has a rich history that speaks to its importance throughout its native environments of Central and South America.

Damiana flower

Let’s uncap that little bottle of Damiana you got in your mailbox and learn more about it and how you can put it to work.

*Don’t have Damiana? Make sure to become an Oil of the Month member to get unique, monthly surprises to your door every month!

Background

The Damiana plant, particularly its leaves, has been used traditionally for both medicinal and culinary uses. Ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations recorded its use as an aphrodisiac, as well as for “giddiness and loss of balance.” In the last century, it has gained fame throughout the U.S. and Europe, not only because of its association with sexual function, but also for its support with headaches, digestive issues, and emotional tension [1].

How its made

Our Damiana, which is steam distilled from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the plant, comes from Mexico. The plant itself is a small perennial shrub that grows in a semiarid, high elevation climate (like mountains). It bears long, serrated, aromatic leaves and produces lovely bright yellow blooms from early to late summer. Today it is grown primarily in Mexico, Central America, the West Indies, and parts of South America.

Benefits

Couple happy together outdoors

Hands-down Damiana’s claim to fame is as an aphrodisiac. More than a hundred years ago, a Spanish missionary reported that Mexican natives made a “love potion” from Damiana leaves and some sugar. They then drank it to enhance their lovemaking! More recently, The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia lists Damiana as a support to those suffering from impotence because of its ability to aid underlying symptoms, such as emotional exhaustion, nervous tension, and depression [2]. There are even several patents awarded for its use in medications to enhance the sexual experience [3]. It can help calm and relax you, while simultaneously uplifting you and helping you focus. In turn, this helps get you in the right kind of mood for some romantic moments with your partner.

But what else is it good for? Well, if stomach issues are ailing you, Damiana can help!

Woman hunched over with stomach pain

When applied topically to the abdomen, it can help relieve bloating, cramping, and constipation. It does this by stimulating muscular contractions of the intestinal tract. To use it for tummy troubles, add a single drop to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil and massage onto your stomach in a clockwise manner.

Some things you need to know about Damiana….

Damiana Product Sheet from Plant Therapy

Is it KidSafe? No

Shelf Life: 2-3 years

Cautions: Should not be used while pregnant or nursing.

Blending

The aroma of Damiana has a sweet, fruity, floral aroma with earthy undertones, reminiscent of sweet hay and wood. Try your hand at blending with Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Orange, Rose Absolute and Otto, Australian Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang Complete and Extra.

Romantic Massage Blend

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy an intimate massage with your partner!

Don’t forget to head over to our Safe Essential Oil Recipes group on Facebook for more ideas and inspiration!

And as always, please feel free to reach out to our aromatherapists at [email protected] for any questions or more information!

By Katrina Scampini, Certified Aromatherapist

Sources:

[1]  Kumar, S., Madaan, R., & Sharma, A. (2008). Pharmacological evaluation of Bioactive Principle of Turnera aphrodisiaca. Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 70(6), 740-4.

[2] British Herbal Pharmacopoeia. West Yorks: British Herbal Medicine Association; 1983. Throughwww.phytotherapies.org/monograph-detail.com.

[3] Worwood, V. (2016). The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition. Novato, CA: New World Library. Pg. 583.

61 thoughts on “March Essential Oil of the Month: Damiana”

  1. Just joined the OOTM and missed out on this one 🙁 Would love to see it become something that can be ordered on a regular basis!

  2. I am so happy that I received this in the OOM subscription! I like mixing two drops each of Damiana, Sweet orange and 1 drop of Bergamot at night and sleep like a baby!

  3. I really want to love this oil but I really really do not. I will continue to keep trying though, some of its uses might be worth it. wink

    1. Sometimes we are able to bring back our OOTM customer favorites! Please reach out to our Customer Service Team at [email protected] to let them know you would be interested in this oil becoming a full-time member of our oil family; customer input is a primary way the company determines if an EO or blend comes back for good 🙂

  4. This is my first OOTM & I like it so much I ordered a second bottle! AND was able to order Fantastic Franks even tho I wasn’t an OOTM member when it was offered! THAKS PT! I’ve created several blends with Damiana; my officemate does NOT like citrus blends & so hopefully she will enjoy the Damiana.

    1. How did you order Fantastic Franks? Did PT send you a message saying you could? I really want to order that and am hoping that they bring it on as a permanent oil!

  5. I had no idea what to expect from this oil, I’ve never heard of it. I love the blog. It was very helpful with ideas. I have diffused it a couple times and at first its a completely different, a bit overwhelming fragrance, but once I relaxed and just breathed it in, I found I really like it.

    Definitely, would love to get more

  6. This sounds like a fun oil to try out! One of these days I will have to join the oil of the month program! Always so many cool oils!

  7. This was my first OOTM. I didn’t love the smell, but when I read about it and blending, I’m looking forward to trying it.

  8. Straight out of the bottle, I do not love Damiana. My kids and friends think it smells like banana bread, though. I plan to try some of the recommended uses before making a final decision on keeping or gifting it.

  9. Yes! I’m so happy I joined OOTM club, it opens me up to endless possibilities with diy products. This oil has such a sweet fragrance. I’m really happy to recieve information on the oil when it comes but also when PT makes a blog out of it, because there are some beginners here that could use the extra help 🙂

  10. I love this oil! It has blended so well with whatever oil I have chosen at the time. I hope this one becomes part of the permanent lineup.

  11. I’m super excited to join OOTM, I think I just barely missed this oil since I joined yesterday, but looking forward to April!

  12. I have been diffusing Damiana off and on since I received it early in March and have been in such a calm, upbeat mood! Has really helped lift the winter doldrums.

  13. This is a fantastic oil that smells wonderful as well as having the BEST therapeutic effects! Fantastic choice…I have loved all of the OOTM’s I’ve received so far!!

  14. I absolutely love this oil. I made a rollerball blend and used it the other night before my date with my husband. To say his reaction was refreshing is a understatement. Thanks for another great oil!!

  15. I wanted to wait and try this oil a few different ways before I commented on it. I secretly used it (just a carrier oil applied as a perfume, then again in my diffuser) without my husband’s knowledge and WOW! Was the energy between us completely different. We both have issues with pain and the depression that brings. Since diffusion g this oil we both have seen a marked difference in our positive mood, and how this changes our perceived pain. I really hope this becomes a permanent or at least purchasable oil!!! I will stock up.

    Now I want to make my own anti-depression blend!!!

  16. I love this oil so much!! I tried diffusing it with luckier and it is so wonderful. I hope this becomes a permanent oil I will definitely be wanting to buy more in the future.

    1. Oh I see it shopped yesterday! I must have to change my date to earlier in the month. I still think this last year I missed one I will have to dig into the emails!

  17. Great blog on the uses and history of Damiana. I always appreciate the information sheets provided with the OTTM but really look forward to the added information in the blog. Thank you.

  18. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure if I would like this oil when I smelled it straight from the bottle. Thanks for the tips and advice on how to use this oil along with some ideas on what to blend it with. I love the therapeutic properties of this oil and I know it is more rare. I love the oil of the month club!

  19. I’m looking forward to trying these blends. Aphrodisiac benefits are always a good thing. I also want to try Damiana with Tropical Passion and Love Vanilla.

  20. I cant wait to make this massage oil. For whatever reason, I have lost all desire for intimacy. Not sure if its because after all day of raising two toddlers, doing all housework, and cooking that I just want to shower and go to bed. I am hoping this oil can help me out. I’ve had great success with out PT products, so this gives me hope

  21. Love Damiana! I have diffused with pink grapefruit and it was very uplifting! I also used for a digestive issue and it worked wonderfully!

    1. Damiana wasn’t my favorite when we received it but it actually grew on me. It has a strong floral scent, so a little goes a long way.

  22. Liked this oil more than I thought I would. PT describes it as floral, but I think it leans more “sweet”. A sniff straight from the bottle reminds me of banana bread.

  23. Great information! I use it in diffuser blends and added it to my massage blend. Thank you for all the great information on the stomach uses and that damiana can promote focus. I will be trying it in an inhaler for this purpose!

  24. This is my first OOM, I can honestly say I’m thrilled it ended up being such an awesome oil. Not crazy about the scent from the bottle, but diffused with a few drops of ylang ylang makes a wonderful combo.

  25. This is great information and not just for the aphrodisiac benefits! I bloat a lot and have digestive issues and can’t wait to use it for that.

  26. Wow, love to get all of this great information on Damiana! I used it in a blend with vanilla oleoresins and ylang ylang, but will definitely be trying this for some stomach issues. Love that it can uplift you and promote focus! Thanks for another great oil of the month Plant Therapy!

  27. I will be trying the blend with ylang ylang and carrier oil. Looking forward to testing out the aphrodisiac benefits! Thanks for making this the OOTM.

  28. I absolutely love this oil and I am not even a “floral person” ! It smells so good, has a light floral buttery scent, and Im so thankful plant therapy made this so affordable because elsewhere u will pay much more!!!

  29. This was my 3rd month subscription of the OOTM and was very glad it was Damiana! Few months ago I was looking elsewhere , but the price was high and it was on my list! Now it is in my collection and I love it 🙂

    1. Really appreciate the information. I am a fan of natural products and these are way more better than medicinal products. Looking forward to try this one

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