Essential oils are powerful potions that have many therapeutic, ritual, and medicinal uses. The history of humans using essential oils goes back centuries — and Damiana, which has its own long history of use by Mexican and Central American healers as a mood enhancer and hormonal health booster — works wonderfully in this essential oil preparation.
The essential oil, which is steam distilled from the leaves, flowers, and stems of the Baja native Damiana plant, has a fruity and floral aroma with earthy undertones, reminiscent of sweet hay and wood. Flor de Amor’s Damiana essential oil is all grown on the owner’s organic farm near Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, Mexico. It’s also wildcrafted and distilled by the growers right on the same coastal Baja property, so you never have to worry about purity. This is a powerful essential oil that can really enhance your life.
When you harness the magic of Damiana in a timeless essential oil form, you get powerful medicine that treats both the mind and the body. Here are five key ways to use Damiana essential oil:
1. Reduce stress and anxiety
Emotionally, Damiana essential oil is relaxing, uplifting, and balancing. Its complex aroma and chemical makeup softly energizes while relaxing simultaneously, making it wonderful to help reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
Flor de Amor’s Damiana essential oil can be used very effectively as aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety. Simply breathe in the oil deeply by dabbing it on a cotton pad, pillow, scarf, or directly on your skin with a carrier oil, and you’ll feel a calming, reassuring vibe slowly seep in, replacing the stress or anxiety that was bothering you. Whenever you’re in need of a spiritual uplift, diffuse the Damiana oil in your space, or use it in a personal aromatherapy inhaler.
2. Cure headaches and migraines
Dabbing a small amount of Damiana essential oil on your forehead and temples can help relieve headaches and migraine pain. When you have a headache, simply take a seat — or lie down — in a cool, dim room, and ritually dab the essential oil on as you take deep breaths, counting to five on inhales and exhales. A cup of Damiana tea will also help — by hydrating and calming the nervous system.
Within an hour or so, many have reported lessening or complete elimination of headache symptoms, replaced by a serene sense of calm and content, and a heightened visual perspective that’s often accompanied by a soft feeling of serenity.
3. Aid sleep and prevent insomnia
Damiana essential oil has been shown to improve the sleep quality of both women and men. By slowing down and bringing in calm intentionality to your sleep routine, Damiana oil can guide restless sleepers to deep, high-quality, dreamy sleep that will last through the night.
The essential oil pulses with the bio-rhythms of the Damiana plant, bringing calm and a sublime sense of content when smelled or diffused in a sleeping room.
Damiana also has been used in pre-sleep ceremonies to inspire a meditative state, enhance dreams, encourage mind-expanding lucid dreaming, which leads to more productive and blissful sleep.
4. Aid digestion
Damiana can support the digestive system because of its calming, soothing effect on your body. It’s helpful at moving things along, as well as keeping you regular, with a side effect of contentful bliss.
When digestive upset ails you, add 1-2 drops of Damiana to a teaspoon of neutral base oil — such as avocado, grapeseed, or olive oil — and massage on the abdomen.
5. Stimulate a healthy sex drive for both women and men
A fun way to use Damiana as an aphrodisiac is to add a couple drops to a warm bath, and then take a bath together. This intimate activity will likely lead to something hotter, aided by the sweet earthy scent of the Damiana essential oil. As a bonus, it will leave your skin hydrated, soft, and radiant, which never hurts intimacy.
The glorious silky smoothness of the oil also makes for great massage oil — an activity that can set the mood for great sex. For an exotic massage, add four drops of Damiana essential oil to one ounce of your favorite neutral carrier oil or lotion. The aphrodisiac effects of Damiana are bio-available through the skin and the nose, through which Damiana promotes arousal, passion, and intimacy.
Damiana essential oil also improves the scent and effectiveness of lube and is organic and safe for the vagina and vulva. Just add a couple drops to your favorite lube and you’ll experience both the aphrodisiac effect and the subtle increased nervous system charge that Damiana is known for.
Now that you’ve read about ways that Damiana essential oil can enhance various aspects of your life, you may want to consider how to use essential oil and how it works.
How to use Damiana essential oil
Essential oils are extremely versatile. You can simply smell them or you can dab them on a cotton pad or swab. You can also apply the oil directly on skin or combine with a carrier oil or lotion. You can also dab clothing or ritual garments like a scarf or head wrap that you use every day. You can also use a personal aromatherapy inhaler. Essential oils can also be diffused using an electric fan diffuser or a nebulizer for extra-efficient cold diffusion. There are wonderful sandstone and terracotta stone cold diffusers that absorb the oil and then slowly release it into your space, subtly filling the space with a wonderfully warm scent.
Another easy way to get the benefits of Damiana essential oil is to add a couple drops to bath water, use it as a massage oil, or add it to lube. It also works well on dry skin as a moisturizer, especially when combined with lotion or a neutral base oil. There’s really no wrong way to use it.
How does Damiana essential oil work?
The chemicals in essential oils interact with your body in several powerful ways. When applied to your skin, plant chemicals are absorbed. It’s thought that certain application methods can improve absorption, such as applying with heat or to different areas of the body, such as the wrists, temples, or forehead — and aligning the essential oil with the body’s chakras, particularly the crown, third eye, throat, and heart chakras. Like birth control or nicotine patches, essential oil can also cross the skin blood barrier, delivering the benefits of the essential oil in mere seconds.
Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can also stimulate your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory. Interestingly, the limbic system is heavily involved in forming memories, which explains why familiar smells trigger memories or emotions.
An powerful herbal adaptogen with many uses
Damiana essential oil can improve your life in many ways, from reducing stress and anxiety and encouraging calm to aiding sleep and dreaming. It can also prevent digestive issues, stimulate sexual and intimate feelings, and it works great to get rid of headaches and migraines. Damiana is well known to be a mood balancing adaptogen — working with your body to heal and assist in ways that you need most — a versatile soul-assisting elixor that helps both body and mind.
Consider a farm wildcrafted organic bottle of Flor de Amor’s Damiana essential oil an investment in your health, your mental health, and your sex life.