Thursday, 4 February 2010

Turnera -- Two Types


Warning:  The following material contains adult references which your children should not be able to understand!

You may recall my mentioning a type of Turnera that is famous as an aphrodisiac.  The drawing above is of that species.  It is Turnera diffusa which is known most commonly as Damiana.

It is a shrub native to Central America, Mexico, South America and the Caribbean.  It belongs to the Family Turneraceae.  Damiana is a relatively small shrub that produces small, aromatic flowers (see above).  It blooms in early to late summer and is followed by fruits that taste similar to figs.  The shrub is said to have an odour somewhat like chamomile due to an oil present in the plant.  The leaves have traditionally been made into a tea which was used by native people of Central and South America for its aphrodisiac effects.  Spanish missionaries first recorded that the Mexican Indians drank Damiana tea mixed with sugar for its ability to enhance lovemaking.

Actually, Damiana is used for everything from bedwetting and depression to the treatment of sexual dysfuntions plus its well known use as an aphrodisiac.  It is said that if you crush the leaves into a fine powder and inhale the powder, you can experience a mild "high".  Remember, all this information is simply educational and is not intended to give you any ideas!!


This second drawing is of Turnera ulmifolia which I talked about a few postings ago when I showed you the drawing of Turnera ulmifolia 'elegans'.  This is the actual plant that goes by the delightful name of Ramgoat Dashalong as well as Yellow Alder.

This plant, like the other Turneraceae plants, is also used medicinally for many different physical and emotional problems.  It seems to be especially useful as an intestinal anti-inflammatory and research shows that it has high antioxidant activity.


Finally, I want to show you a funny photo!

I would love to know how the mother hen ended up deciding to keep a puppy warm while leaving her poor chick out in the cold?  I think this must be a very confused hen as well as a very confused puppy!  And the poor chick -- just think of the rejection and abandonment problems it will have to deal with later in life!

The title that came with this photo was "the warmest place in the house" which I don't really think is suitable.  I can't think of a good title -- maybe you can help!  Send me your suggestions, please.

May peace be with us all.

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