So What IS DAMIANA?
Damiana, or (Turnera aphrodisiaca), is a sub-tropical shrub found in the Sonoran Desert that produces small, serrated leaves with yellow, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in late summer, generally after rainfall for a limited time. The shrub is said to have a strong spice-like aroma, due to the essential oils present in the plant. Traditionally, Damiana has been used in Mexican folkloric medicine as a heart opener, mood lifter, nerve calmer, and anxiety support. Damiana leaves are revered as an aphrodisiac, and can boost sexual potency/ fertility —and is well known in western herbalism for its toning and adjuvant properties, particularly in mature women. This versatile botanical has been known to be a brain tonic, support digestion, treat mild asthma and aid in kidney & bladder function and aid in relaxed and restful sleep.
Guaycura in the Baja region of Mexico were the first to use Damiana. According to legend, the herb became distributed when the Guaycura began trading with the Aztecs. Damiana was used by the Mayans as a dream enhancer and for insights & mediations.
Noel Bhavani Cianci has been a freelance celebrity stylist for over 25 years. A Photo Shoot to the Baja led her to meet her partner & botanist Ross Vail. There the passion for wildcrafting Damiana was born.
Noel Bhavani is also a Kundalini yoga practitioner specializing in yoga therapy for addictions. She discovered that many of her clients benefited from the heart opening attributes of Damiana.
Presently, Noel Bhavani dedicates herself to expanding Damaina’s awareness and acting as the Creative Director for Flor de Amor. She is passionate about cooking, rescuing horses and distilling herbs.
Ross Vail created the first certified and acknowledged organic farm in Baja Sur and has stewarded the land for three decades, specifically in the agricultural cultivation of culinary herbs and produce for domestic sales and export.
Witnessing the alchemy and the diverse remedies Damiana offered, Ross devoted himself from source to still. Wildcrafting inspired Ross to have a deep respect for this plant. Ross continues to raise awareness of Damiana’s medicinal properties.
Ross Vail and Noel Cianci are co-creators in life and work, combining their shared passions and goals in serving the land with intention and care while supporting their Kundalini yoga teaching practice.
Flor de Amor offers natural products that stimulate health, tend to the heart, and bring wholeness to our senses. Our practitioner -formulated line blends herbal wisdom for connected intimacy, fortified health, and sensorial delight. Flor de Amor is a therapeutic line of botanicals featuring Damiana designed for your heart's well being and radiance.
We believe healing is a natural, spiritual journey, invoking nature. We are a Mexican Family farm, respectfully stewarding the land. Honoring this ancient herb for modern healing. Our mission is to assist you in your wellness healing with the purest botanicals -so you may illuminate your heart, awaken your sensuality, and rest peacefully. Flor de Amor donates a percentage of their profits to INTERNADO, a boarding school for children of the rural ranches.