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Monday, February 19, 2007 Requested Recipes - Homemade Herbal Teas - Damiana Homemade Herbal Tea

Damiana Delight
Thanks to Jeannie for sending in this unique herbal tea recipe.
The bitterness of damiana is offset by the spearmint and orange zest.
1 tbs chamomile
1 tbs damiana leaves
1 tbs lemongrass
1 tbs spearmint leaves
1/4 tbs jasmine flowers
1/4 tbs orange peel, grated
Combine herbs in two cups of water, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain out herbs and serve hot.

Christina's Note: I was very curious to learn more about damiana, which I had never heard of before Jeannie had sent in this recipe! Here are a few notes on what damiana is, in case (like me) you've never heard of this herb.

A small shrub; leaves smooth and pale green on upper side, underneath glabrous, with a few hairs on the ribs, ovolanceolate, shortly petiolate with two small glands at base; flowers yellow, rising singly from axils of the leaves, capsule one-celled splitting into three pieces; smell aromatic, taste characteristic, bitterish, aromatic and resinous.

A greenish volatile oil, smelling like chamomile, amorhpous bitter principle Damianin, resins and tannin.

---Medicinal Action and Uses---
Mild purgative, diuretic, tonic, acting directly on the reproductive organs, stimulant, hypochondriastic, aphrodisiae.

If YOU have ever tried using Damiana in a tea, please let me know how it worked for you. :) I'm curious to find out more about this...

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