Damiana has a long and exciting history. It was used by both the Mayans and the Aztec people as an aid in sexual exploits. It was though to cure impotence, but also was used as an aphrodisiac and to help men last longer in the bedroom. This may be due to increased oxygen to the necessary areas. Damiana is also thought to be useful for female sexual health, promoting feelings of desire and possibly even erotic dreams.
Historically the Mayans also used Damiana as a general tonic, for good mental health and better digestion. It is possible the plant may help in both these areas by aiding the body in breaking down fats and sugars, helping the body to absorb the nutrients it needs. You may also see Damiana called Mexican Holly or the Bourrique.
The effects of damiana tend to be a relaxed, mild high and a gentle yet noticeable aphrodisiac effect. This may last for up to two hours. Those who use damiana regularly report increased potency. Generally, a tea is made by infusing 10 to 15 grams of leaves with a litre of gently boiled water.