Damiana, sometimes called the Baja happy sexy surfer herb, is the perfect ingredient to transform ordinary drinks into adaptogen-boosted wonder cocktails. In fact, maybe a better word to describe these drinks is “libations” because they’re such powerful mood lifters.
The original meaning of the term “libation” is a drink poured out in honor of a deity. That deity could be anyone from your partner to your best friend to your children — even yourself. First used by the Mayans of Yucatan, they called Damiana “mizib-coc,” which means “plant for asthma.” It was used for all pulmonary disorders, dizziness, vertigo, and as a general body cleanser.
Today, we know that this effective adaptogen also works wonders as a heart opener, mood lifter, nerve calmer, and as anxiety support. This versatile botanical in its leaf form has been known to be a brain tonic, support digestion, treat mild asthma, aid in kidney and bladder function, and promote relaxed and restful sleep. Damiana leaves are also revered as an aphrodisiac, and can boost sexual potency and fertility — and is well known in Western herbalism for its toning and adjuvant properties, particularly in mature women. So why not include Damiana into your cocktail ingredient repertoire?
Damiana drink recipes to rewild your cocktail experience
Cosmic Solar Damiana Sun Tea
During the summer, our favorite way to enjoy healing herbs is from totally refreshing, nourishing, and tasty cold infusions. By harnessing the power of the sun, Cosmic Solar Damiana Sun Tea is a super easy and delicious way to get your herbal fix. All you need is a large jar, a tea strainer, and some sun. Like a hug from a warm soul, this tea blend shines light into all the nooks and crannies of your body and mind. This cider-like tea warms you from the inside out, radiating gentle heat from your center to the periphery. Give yourself over to the glow of unyielding radiance to feel the sun from the inside out.
4-5 teaspoons of Damiana leaf
4-5 teaspoons of hibiscus leaf
Fruit of your choice. Orange, lemon, and strawberries work well.
Spring or filtered water
Tools + Equipment
Large glass jar
Stainless steel tea strainer(s)
Put 4-5 tablespoons of Damiana leaf and hibiscus leaf into your tea strainers.
Place your strainers on the side of the jar.
*You can also infuse the Damiana right into the water and strain it out after steeping.
Pour the water into the jar, filling it nearly full.
Leave in the sun for 3-4 hours.
After 3-4 hours, it’s ready to enjoy over ice!
You can sweeten it with simple syrup, maple syrup, or honey. Or enjoy au natural.
Refrigerate your tea once you’ve poured yourself a tall, cool glassful.
The Horny Baja Damiana Margarita
Baja local Demián wowed his future wife with this aphrodisiac-laced Margarita recipe. The drink was so effective in the couple’s romance that they named their daughter Damiana.
The first step of this recipe is to steep 4-5 teaspoons of Damiana leaf in 100% Agave Tequila Blanco. 24 hours is enough time, but 72 hours is even better. Once you’ve steeped the Damiana, you can filter it out and use the tequila for this cocktail until it’s gone.
1 shot 100% Damiana-infused Agave Tequila Blanco
Juice of 2 key limes, freshly squeezed
Optional teaspoon of honey, simple syrup, or maple syrup
Salt and lime, for rim
Lime wheel, for garnish
Rub the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip the glass into salt.
Combine the Damiana-infused tequila, fresh lime juice, and optional sweetener in your cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for a slow ten count.
Strain over ice.
Garnish with lime wheel and enjoy with some guacamole and tortilla chips
This simple recipe was traditionally used to encourage the consummation of a marriage by newlywed couples in Mexico and Central America, but it can be used anytime an aphrodisiac would help. We suggest taking your dose together with a partner about 15 minutes before sex or intimacy.
A bottle of Sherry or sweet red wine
2-3 teaspoons of Damiana leaf
Steep the Damiana in the sherry or wine overnight or up to 72 hours, then strain.
Use one tablespoon at a time as an aphrodisiac.
Damiana Delight Smoothie
On hot summer days, don’t forget you can eat your water. Summer fruits and vegetables like peaches, melons, tomatoes and cucumbers are fantastic ways to get more water into your body without drinking gallons a day. Peaches in particular deliver essential sugars that keep us pepped-up throughout the hottest of summer hikes or creek dips. And okra, the queen of all fantastically juicy plants, is fantastic for keeping us hydrated when the sun is at its strongest.
We love this smoothie served cold on ice all season long. The bioflavonoids in the Damiana promote heart health, which is so important as dehydration can tax our ticker.
2 cups Damiana tea (filtered water and 2-3 teaspoons of Damiana leaf)
Small bunch of okra
Small knob of ginger
Pinch of cinnamon
Combine all ingredients with ice in the blender and blend until smooth.
Serve over ice with a mint sprig if you’ve got it. It will leave you feeling hydrated and calm.
Adaptogen-Boosted Damiana Fruit Cream Pops
The best way to cool down on hot days? Make your own herbally-boosted popsicles at home. Each sweet pop delivers a dose of adaptogens, making them the perfect treat to help you chill out and enjoy yourself wherever summer takes you.
2 cups pomegranate juice (other fruit juice works, too. Experiment!)
1/2 cup raw honey or sweetener of choice
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups of your favorite oat or other milk
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
Tools + Equipment
Combine all ingredients in a blender, or whisk together in a mixing bowl.
Divide between popsicle molds and freeze.
Divide the mixture between your popsicle molds and freeze until completely solid, at least 6 hours. Enjoy!
We hope you’ll try at least a couple of these magical Damiana cocktails. We encourage you to use these recipes as a jumping off point. Experiment with using different fruits and ingredient combinations, but don’t forget to include our organic Baja California-farmed Damiana leaf, so you’ll get all the powerful health effects – and the heart opening feeling that Damiana provides.