Common Name: Damiana

Other Common Names: Damiane, Oreganillo, Mexican Holly 2

Latin Name: Turnera diffusa

Native to: southern Texas, Central America, Mexico, South America, Caribbean 1

Plant Family: Passifloraceae (Passion Flower family)

Primary Use in Herbal Blends: Used as a base and as a modifier for nervous system benefits. 3

Benefits: May provide a feeling of relaxation and may have aphrodisiac effects. 4


Type: Shrub

Height: Grows between 1 to 6.6 feet tall. 5 6

Leaves: The small, grayish-green leaves have hairy ribs and serrated edges. They grow no longer than 0.8 inches long. 5 6

Flowers: Tiny yellow flowers about 0.04 inches in diameter with 5 petals. 5

Fruit: Very small, dark brown colored, oblong pods.


1 Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnera_diffusa 2 Starwest Botanicals, https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/damiana-leaf/ 3 The Herbal Academy, https://theherbalacademy.com/herbal-smoking-blends 4 Smokeable Herbs, https://www.smokableherbs.com/damiana/ 5 Entheology.com, http://entheology.com/plants/damiana-leaf-turnera-diffusa/ 6 The Wild Pharma, https://www.thewildpharma.co.uk/plants/damiana


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