Smoking herbs is an ancestral tradition, old since man first discovered fire. The folklore of the indigenous people of America tells us that the Creator has given humans the Four Sacred Medicines to use in everyday life and in ceremonies. Elders say that the spirits love when we burn sacred plants. They are used as an offering to the universal energy for everything from healing to ceremonies.
Whether for religious ceremonies, relaxation, medicinal purposes, or pleasure, the practice of smoking herbs has been around for quite a time, in fact, some pipes have been found at prehistoric sites along with written word of rituals of smoking dating back 5000 years.
By smoking, we incorporate the elements of Earth, Fire, and Air into our own rituals. With Earth, we call upon health, wealth, fertility, and prosperity, with Fire, we ignite energy, sexuality, love, passion, and with Air, we enliven the spirit, inspiration, and aspirations. Smoking has a calming effect on our nervous system and allows, for a couple of precious minutes, to relax and pick up our thoughts.
Herbs can invigorate our souls and help us unplug from the stresses of our daily lives. Using a personal herbal ceremony to set intentions and tap into the strength of our own energy helps us clear negativity built up in the body, send positive energy to others, design our future, or just relax with a book. The act of smoking herbs is an act of balancing the body.
Nevertheless, as our society progresses and becomes more conscious of the overuse of tobacco, condemning the ritual of smoking and, in doing so, it loses the very reason for the practice – to connect with the spirit, the deep well of inner knowledge, and the divine. Damiana is one of the sacred herbs smoked ritualistically for centuries. Known as the flower of love or Turnera diffusa, Damiana is worldwide known as a libido booster and mood enhancer that invites relaxation and love.
What is Damiana?
Damiana is a small flowering shrub with beautiful yellow flowers and fragrant leaves. It is native to the subtropical climates of Central and South America and Mexico, but it also grows across southern Texas, southern California, and the Caribbean. Its use as an herbal remedy predates written history, so much so that by the time the Spanish first crossed the Atlantic, indigenous cultures had been using it for centuries.
Aztecs, Mayans, and Guaycura people loved damiana. For them, this plant was not only an aphrodisiac but also a remedy for other things, like asthma, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, and even bed-wetting. Traditionally, the leaves and stems were used in teas, flavoring drinks, and as a tonic to improve the overall health of a person. It was also smoked in rituals for heightening psychic and spiritual senses.
When used in moderation, damiana leaf, with its spicy and earthy taste, quickly releases mind and body tension into a disappearing smoke. Its small leaves can easily be rolled up and smoked, providing a euphoric high, similar to cannabis. But, what is moderation in damiana’s case?
The Right Dose of Damiana
Although there is no current formal research that suggests the optimal damiana dosage, herbalists and users weren’t lazy, so they have established a list of unofficial doses. As a leaf extract, damiana should be taken in 1,500-1,600 mg doses, 2-3 times per day, up to three times per day as a tea (one or two teaspoons), and as a tincture up to 1 ml (20 drops) a day.
Studies have shown that up to 200 gr doses can be poisonous, so don’t go overboard. Side effects that can happen when taking high doses can include hypoglycemia, changes in blood sugar, convulsions, and other symptoms similar to those of poisoning. So long as damiana is consumed within these boundaries, there will be no bad effects, only energy, love, and vibration.
Probably the easiest and surest way of smoking damiana is to take it as part of herbal smoking blends. The most popular herbal smoking blends with damiana are those with Mugwort, Skullcap, Passion flower, Mullein, Cannabis, and Hemp flowers. Damiana is a dessert herb, its smooth smoke is subtly pleasing, with euphoric, sensual effects. It releases your inhibitions and lets go of the things that hold you back from doing what you want to do. It invites your heart to open and vibrate with the harmony of the Universe.
How to Smoke Damiana?
We recommend trying it in a pipe, organic rolling paper, dry herb vaporizer, or water pipe. You can also mix it with cannabis or tobacco, or both, as a gradual way of quitting smoking tobacco. You don’t have to limit yourself to tobacco, try damiana smoking blend with mugwort, mullein, opal basil, marshmallow plant, or wild lettuce. Take a pinch of a smoking herbal blend of your choice and put it in a pipe to start a ritual of spiritual connection with your higher self. Allow the smoke to carry your intentions and dreams up to the sky.
Whether you want to wind down, find an alternative for tobacco, or cure an ailment, smoking damiana may become a part of your self-care ritual. You can also incorporate it in your love ritual, smoking it to create a more intimate vibe with your partner and with yourself. Don’t hesitate to try this unique and natural solution for your stress, tension, low libido, and insomnia. Set an intention and smoke it up.