Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Magical & Ritual Use of Herbs - Damiana (Tumera diffusa)

A sacrament to improve and tone sexuality

Family: Tumeraceae.
Botanical Name: Turnera diflUsa.
Synonyms: Mexican damiana.
Geographical Location: Tropical parts of the Americas, particularly Texas and Mexico. It is also harvested in Africa.
Habitat: Grows in dry soil; needs sun.
Botanical Description: A small shrub with ovate leaves that are broadest toward the top end. The leaves are smooth and pale green on the upper side and smooth on the undersides except for a few hairs on the ribs. The flowers are yellow, arising singly from the axilla of the leaves followed by a one-celled capsule splitting into three pieces. The flower has an aromatic smell and a bitter taste.

Many women in Mexico have found that a cup of damiana tea taken one or two hours before intercourse helps to immerse them in the sex act. It is believed to have a tonic effect upon the sexual organs and the nervous system. Most effective when used in combination with saw palmetto berries (Serenoa repens) in a 1:1 ratio.

The leaf contains 0.2-0.9% volatile oil, 14%resin, approximately 3.5% tannin, 6%starch, and a bitter substance called damianian.

Mild aphrodisiac and marijuana-like euphoria, lasting about an
hour and a half.

In his book, A Manual of Sex Magick, LouisJ. Culling describesa damiana drink preparation: Take 2 heaping tablespoons of dried damiana leaves and boil them in 1 cup of water for five minutes. Cool, strain, and drink in the evening. He recommends continual use over a two-week period for significant results.

Below is a fine recipe for an aphrodisiacal cordial of damiana.
Soak 1 ounce ofdamiana leaves in 1 pint of vodka for five days.
Pour off the liquid, strain, and filter through a conical paper coffee filter. Soak remaining alcohol-drenched leaves in *pint of distilled or spring water for another five days. Pour off the liquids, strain, and filter as before. Warm water extracts to 160°F and dissolve in Y2 to 1 cup of honey. Combine alcoholic and aqueous extractions. Age for one month. During the aging a sediment will form as the liqueur clarifies. The sediment is harmless but you may wish to siphon the clear liqueur from it. For best results, take 1 or 2 cordial glasses of the beverage nightly. The taste is exquisite.
Small quantities of liqueur are excellent for any ritual oriented
toward sex magic. Although its chemistry is unknown,
damiana can be used as a sacrament to improve and tone sexuality.

Note of Caution: Excessive long-term use may be toxic to the liver.
Damiana can make a really fine smoke if used in a waterpipe. For a marijuana-like high, a blend known as Yuba Gold is:
4 parts damiana leaf
4 parts scullcap herb
~ part lobelia herb
4 parts passionflower herb

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