Hi. Damiana definitely works in men!!! :-)
A couple weeks ago my boyfriend and I went to a friend's house for dinner and was served a very potent herbal tea during dinner. It was very stimulating and relaxing at the same time. However, the brew was so bitter, I could only take a few sips of it. I could feel it hit my brain after each sip, a very interesting sensation! Intrigued, a few days later I asked my friend to send me the names of the herbs and the recipe. I got all my herbs this week and started to make the tea a few days ago.
The first thing I noticed is the powerful calming effect on the nervous system this tea has. 10 minutes after drinking the tea, I become deeply relaxed. Damiana is widely used in many cultures for anxiety and nervous disorders, so this makes sense. The next "side" effect that was very surprising, even though I have read a lot about it on the internet, was the powerful aphrodisiac effects. This occured on the 2nd day of drinking the tea. OMG - be prepared for that! Finally, the tea is proving to be an appetite suppressant even though several of the ingredients are meant to stimulate the appetite!
Recipe: here is my friend's email.. a bit vague so I improvised.
Add to 1 quart of purified water:
2 handfuls of damiana leaf (find at bouncing bear or starwest botanicals)
Damiana requires about 15 minutes of steeping at boiling temperatures.
1 handful chrysanthemum flowers
1 spoonful of chuchuhuasi and 1 spoonful of hercampuri, (both from david wolfe's sunfood nutrition site, but you could use cat's claw or pau d'arco, etc..).
After steeping the damiana on a low boil for 15 minutes, I turned off the heat and added the other 3 herbs. I then let the whole concoction steep for about 15 minutes. I added about 3 tablespoons blue agave nectar sweetener because the tea is otherwise too bitter.
I have been drinking 1 - 2 glasses a day, slowly.
Damiana's reported healing properties include: increases libido, reduces spasms, relieves depression, dries secretions, reduces blood sugar, stimulates digestion, calms nerves, increases urination, mildly laxative
Chuchuhuasi's healing properties include: reduces inflammation, kills cancer cells, relieves pain, prevents tumors, relaxes muscles, stimulates digestion, enahnces immunity, increases libido, supports adrenals
Hercampuri's healing properties include: digestive, treatment of hepatitis, treatment of varicose veins, reduction of blood cholesterol, treatment of hypertension
I hope people will try the damiana tea and send in their feedback. If you are preparing damiana with other herbs, I would like to know which ones and how you brew your tea. It is amazing!