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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

DAMIANA


Latin Name: Turnera aphrodisiaca

Alternate Names: Turnera

Family: TURNERACEAE

Parts Used: Above ground portion.

Properties: Alterative, Aperient, Aphrodisiac, Carminative, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Laxative, Nervine, Stimulant, Urinary Antiseptic, Yang Tonic.

Internal Uses: Asthma, Catarrh, Constipation, Depression, Emphysema, Frigidity, Hot Flashes, Impotence, Parkinson's Disease, Vertigo

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
It has been used as a tea to help teenagers overcome the shyness and self-consciousness that sometimes accompanies puberty. It can also be used for sexual performance anxiety in adults. The bitter principle, damianin, stimulates the nervous system and genitals and allows nerve messages to more readily spread through the body.

Culinary uses: Liqueurs.

Energetics: Pungent, Bitter, Warm, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Essential oil (containing cineol, cymol, pinene), cyanogenic glycosides, damianin, thymol, tannin, phosphorus.

Contraindications: Consume no more than one cup of tea, one dropperful of tincture, or two capsules daily, so as to avoid stressing the liver, since its effects are cumulative. It is generally considered safe, but avoid using Damiana in cases of urinary tract diseases or liver disease.

Comments: Damiana is a small shrub native to the American Southwest, Mexico and the West Indies. It was used by the Mayans and Aztecs as a sexual stimulant and to treat respiratory disorders. Some people smoke Damiana in a waterpipe as a prelude to lovemaking. It was also burned ceremoniously to enable participants to see visions. Damiana was used in the 1930s by livestock breeders.
The common name Damiana includes the species Turnera diffusa, which is used interchangeably with Turnera aphrodisiaca.

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Therapeutic doses of Damiana do not have any significant side effects. However, large doses can cause harm. High doses can even cause convulsions of the kind that are caused by tetanus.

Actually, Damiana has not yet been fully and thoroughly researched by the scientific community, which is why there is no correct dosage recommendation for the herb.

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