Damiana has a somewhat bitter flavor with an aroma similar to chamomile: slightly sweet, mildly earthy. The dried herb is prepared as tea. It can also be sprinkled lightly over salads, soups, and cooked vegetables. Combines well with spinach and other bitter greens, such as arugula and dandelion.
Important Note: This herb is highly cyanogenic, which means that compounds in the plant may form cyanides when ingested and become toxic with high dosages. At the time of this writing, the state of Louisiana bans the sale or distribution of this herb for human consumption, citing cases of deliberate substance abuse. Due to potential estrogenic effects of this herb, it should not be used during pregnancy or if there is a history of a hormone-driven cancer. Because this herb may affect blood glucose levels, it may interfere with diabetes drugs as well as other medications.