Damiana tea has been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat a variety of ailments, most notably mild cases of constipation and to boost libido. Damiana is a gentle herb that is most frequently administered in the form of a tea or infusion. The dried leaves used to make damiana tea can be purchased at natural health stores, or ordered online. This recipe yields approximately one cup of damiana tea.
Things You'll Need
Measure 1-2 heaping teaspoons of dried damiana leaves, and place them into a clean coffee mug, or other heat proof drinking container.
Boil one cup of water in small saucepan or tea kettle on the stove top. Remove from heat and pour the boiling water into the mug, over the dried damiana leaves.
Allow the damiana tea to steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain the tea into a clean coffee mug, or another heat proof drinking container. Discard the spent damiana leaves in the compost pile or garbage can.
Add a teaspoon of pure, raw honey to sweeten the damiana tea, if desired, but do not use granulated or refined sugar, as this can damage the healing properties of the tea.
Garnish the damiana tea with a lemon wedge for additional flavor, if desired, and drink immediately. Optionally, you can add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice.
Add other pleasant tasting herbs such as mint or lemon balm to your damiana tea if you find the flavor too strong.