Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!

DAMIANA (Turnera diffusa/ turnera aphrodisiaca)

This herb is also known as Mexican damiana, Herba de la Pastora, and Old Woman's Broom.
Damiana is native to the Southern United States, Mexico, and Latin America. Damiana as an appearance like oregano. The shrub grows aproximately 2 meters tall and has a woody heavily branched stem. The Damiana leaves have a few hairs on the ribs. The plant grows small yellow flowers.
DAMIANA PLANT The stems are picked when the plant is in full bloom, then dried and stripped of their leaves and buds. It's the Damianae folium (leaves and buds) that are used and sold in herbal shops.

The Damiana herb contains many volatile oils including thymol, pinene, calamene, cineole, b-cadinene, and calamenene, as well as flavonoids, hydroquinones, damianin, cyanogenetic glycoside, resin, and tannins.
Damiana can be had in various forms, including capsule, liquid extract and tea.

Damiana is mainly used internally and hase many benefits ascribed to it.
The chief used of the Damiana herb is to increase physical and sexual performance in men and frigidity in women. It has aphrodisiac properties that are used in the prevention and treatment of sexual disturbances, loss of libido, menstrual, menopausal, and prostate problems. It has also used to treat impotence in men.
Other uses are as an antidepressant, fighting fatigue, and stress. It is said to lifts spirits and calm the nerves.
Other benefits of Damiana are enhanced memory, improved digestion, and as diuretic and urinary tract disinfectant.

Damiana Tea:
Have a little Damiana Tea at night to help you wake up more refreshed.
To make Damiana Tea use 1 tablespoon of dried Damiana leaves, crushing them into powder, and then adding them to heated water at below boiling temperature. Let the Damiana Tea steep for about 15 to 30 minutes. You will end up with a tea of hints of mint and chamomile. Have it hot with honey, or it will also make as an excellent iced tea.

No toxic side effects have been associated with the herb Damiana, but it should be avoided during pregnancy and while breast feeding.
Excessive intake of Damiana should also be avoided as large dosage can reduce the iron absorption of the body.

DONG QUAI ROOT (Angelica sinensis)

The traditional Chinese herb Dong Quai is also known by the names Chinese Angelica, Tan kue bai zhi, Tang kuei, Dang Gui, Twang Kwei, Women's Ginseng, Min gui, and Bai Zhi amongst others.

Dong Quai is a fragrant perenial plant of the celery family. It has been used as a spice, tonic, and medicine more than a thousand years in China, Korea, and Japan.

The name Dong Quai means "return to order", and is used to restore a healthy balance and order to the body.

This herbs most important use is for for women, it balances the effects on the female hormonal system.

The medicinal ingredients of Dong Quai include cobalt, copper, manganese, iron, folinic acid, beta carotene, vitamin E, vitamin B12, as well as sterols estrogen andcoumarins.

Dong Quai can be purchaed as fresh root, tablets, powders, tincture and gelatin capsules.

Benefits and uses:

- uterine bleeding
- abnormalities and pain of the menstrual cycle
- weakness after childbirth
- the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings
- to increase libido
- antibacterial
- anti inflammatory
- strengthens the immune system
- assisting the liver in cleansing the body of toxins
- high blood pressure
- dilates blood vessels
- rheumatoid arthritis
- allergies
- constipation
- pain reduction
- infertility
- promoting sleep

Dong Quai Oil
- refresh and elimination of scar tissue
- skin purification
- acne removing
- anti-inflammatory
- moisturize the skin
- elimination of body odour
- eliminating of eye wrinkles

Dong Quai is a bitter sweet root, and can be taken in the form of an herbal tea.

To make Dong Quai Tea, use 1 teaspoon of leaves and flowers or root per cup of hot water.
For leaf or flowers, steep 5 t0 10 minutes, for root 10 to 20 minutes. You can drink 2 to 4 cups per day.

This herb should not be used while pregnant and should be discontinued use during the monthly menstrual cycle.
If you have diarrhea, abdominal bloating, or cold and flu infections, avoid Dong Quai as well.
People taking blood thinners should avoid Dong Quai as it also acts as a natural blood thinner.
Dong Quai may cause sun sensitivity, so avoid excessive exposure to sunlight when using.
Dong Quai is not recomended for children.

Warning: Many herbs adversely interact with modern medicines and should only be taken after consulting with medical professionals. Use as directed by a health care provider. Always follow the manufacturers dosage guidelines!


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