Damiana Essential Oil
Damiana is a small flowering shrub native to Central and South America.
- Botanical Family: Passifloraceae
- Other Common Names: None
- Part of Plant Used: Flowers/Leaves
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Damiana is primarily sold as an essential oil, but herbal tinctures are also available.
- Chemistry: Damiana is high in the oxide/ether (1,8 cineole) supported by monoterpenes (alpha-pinene) and sesquiterpenes (beta-caryophyllene)
- Digestive: acts as a digestive stimulant
- Immune System: supports the immune system
- Nervous System: gently relieves occasional headaches, calms and soothes stress and elevates the mood, and provides emotional balance
- Reproductive: used as an aphrodisiac, helps with impotence, and also with the symptoms of PMS
- Scent Profile: Top note with a sweet and fruity earthy aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Damiana can last up to 100 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Floral, Spicy
- Blends well with: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Clove, Davana, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Oregano, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rhododenron, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, and Yuzu
- Not for use when pregnant, lactating, or with young children.
- Avoid by those with history of psychosis.
- Note: Damiana is banned in Japan
Products Using Damiana Essential Oil
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.