|(Turnera diffusa) A shrub that is native to Texas, northern Mexico and the Baja Peninsula, damiana has historically been used as an aphrodisiac and overall tonic. It has been used in Mexico as a flavoring in a liqueur.
Brew 1 tsp of herb in 1 cup of water at 212º - steep for 10-15 minutes.
Damiana Chocolate Love Liqueur
Recipe from Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar
1 oz damiana leaves
2 cups vodka or brandy
1 ½ cups spring water
1 cup honey
Soak damiana leaves in vodka or brandy for 5 days. Strain and reserve the liquid in a bottle.
Soak the alcohol drenched leaves in the spring water for 3 days. Strain and reserve the liquid.
Over low heat, gently warm the water extract and dissolve the honey into it. Remove the pan from the heat, then add the alcohol extract and stir well. Pour into a clean bottle and add a dash of vanilla extract and a touch of rose water for flavor. Let it mellow for 1 month or longer; it gets smoother with age.
To each cup of damiana liqueur, add ½ cup of chocolate syrup and 2 or 3 drops of almond extract, and a touch more rose water.
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