Damiana

Turnera aphrodisiaca or diffusa

Old Woman's Broom

Native to

North, Central, South Americas

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.


Parts Used

  • Leaves

  • Stems

Medicinal Actions

Note: This information is for historical and ceremonial use only, this information is not FDA-regulated or approved. When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings. 

  • Anti-Catarrhal: Helps to remove excess mucous from the body

  • Antidepressant: Aids in alleviating depression

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Anxiolytic: Calms, soothes anxiety and mental distress

  • Aphrodisiac: Boosts libido

  • Astringent: causes skin cells and bodily tissues to contract

  • Diuretic: Makes you pee

  • Hormonal Stabalizer: Aids in the regulation of hormone secretion

  • Nervine: literally calms the nerves

  • Reproductive Tonic: Supports the female reproductive system

  • Stimulant: Help to boost brain function and energy

Holidays

  • Beltane (Celtic, Pagan, Wiccan)


Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Mars

  • Element(s): Water, Fire

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Chakra: Sacral

  • Taste: Astringent, Bitter (Mild), Pungent

  • Energy: Warming, Pungent, Drying

Warning: Pregnancy

Avoid while pregnant or nursing.

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Magical Properties

  • Attracting Love or Sex

  • Divination

  • Energy Balancing

  • Fertility

  • Intuition

  • Love

  • Lucid Dreaming

  • Lust

  • Meditation

  • Psychic Ability

  • Relaxation

  • Relationship Rejuvenation or Restorative

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?