How To Use Damiana In Love Spells And Rituals?

Damiana in love spells - A damiana plant with a yellow flower on a background of red hearts

By Mark Piatt

Updated on December 11, 2023

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Damiana (Turnera aphrodisiaca), a plant known for its aphrodisiac properties, is widely used in love and sex magick. When using damiana in love spells, it’s believed to enhance desire, attract partners, and deepen emotional connections. 

Often incorporated into love potions, burned as incense, utilized in tantra magick, or carried in amulets, its metaphysical properties are key in rituals to kindle romance and intensify sexual experiences.

Additionally, in traditional folklore, damiana is used in various love rituals, which can range from simple spells to elaborate ceremonies. These rituals often involve the use of damiana in combination with candles, crystals, and other symbolic items to set the intention of attracting love or enhancing a current relationship.

Depending on where the herb is found, damiana can also go by the following names:  Turnera Diffusa, Mexican Damiana, Old Woman’s Broom, Herba de la Pastora, and Mexican Holly.

In this article, I will explore the fascinating world of how damiana is used in love magick and rituals.

If you are interested in using other herbs in love spells and rituals, please check out my article “Top 21 Herbs Used For Love Magic and Rituals“.


The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.  Occult properties of herbs and essential oils are provided for historical interest only.  For possible treatments of physical or mental diseases, please seek a trained and licensed health professional.  Enchanted Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse side effects resulting from the use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from the following historical uses of herbs and essential oils.

Symbolism and associations with damiana in love spells and love rituals used in witchcraft and other traditions

In witchcraft, Wicca,  and various traditions, damiana is deeply entwined with the symbolism and practice of love spells due to its rich history as an aphrodisiac.

This small shrub, native to the Americas, is revered for its potent ability to kindle desire, enhance sexual attraction, and deepen emotional connections.

Within the realm of love spells, damiana’s leaves are a symbol of passionate love, sensuality, and the nurturing of romantic feelings.

Practitioners commonly use it in crafting love potions and sachets, believing it to open the heart and attract romantic partners.

Burning damiana as incense during love rituals is another popular practice, thought to create an atmosphere conducive to love and intimacy.

In these traditions, the herb represents not just physical desire but also the spiritual and emotional aspects of love, embodying the idea that natural elements can profoundly influence human relationships and emotions.

Damiana’s enduring use in love spells across cultures highlights its symbolic significance as a bridge between the physical and the romantic realms.

 5 key symbolisms and associations between damiana and love magick 

  1. Aphrodisiac Qualities: The most prominent symbolism of damiana in love magick is its reputation as a natural aphrodisiac. It is believed to stimulate sexual desire and enhance libido, making it a popular choice for spells and rituals aimed at kindling romance and passion.
  2. Emotional and Heart Chakra Opening: Damiana is associated with the opening of the heart chakra, symbolizing the awakening and deepening of emotional connections. Its use in love magick is thought to not only ignite physical attraction but also foster emotional intimacy and understanding between partners.
  3. Attraction and Love Drawing: In many traditions, damiana is believed to possess the power to attract love. It is used in spells and potions designed to draw a romantic partner, enhance one’s allure, and strengthen the bonds of love.
  4. Harmonizing Relationships: Beyond attracting new love, damiana is also symbolic of harmony and balance in existing relationships. Its use in love magick often extends to spells and rituals aimed at deepening understanding, resolving conflicts, and renewing passion in long-term partnerships.
  5. Fertility and Creativity: While less commonly emphasized, damiana also holds associations with fertility and creativity. In the context of love magick, this extends to the creative power of sexual union and the nurturing of new ideas and growth within a relationship.

Overall, damiana’s role in love magick is multifaceted, encompassing physical desire, emotional depth, attraction, harmony, and the creative aspects of love and relationships.

Its enduring use in various traditions underscores these diverse yet interconnected symbolic meanings.

 Top 7 ways in which damiana is used in love spells 

Damiana can be found listed in countless grimoires and is utilized in various ways in love spells and rituals, each method drawing on its reputed aphrodisiac and emotional properties.

Warning: If you are using damiana as part of a love and attraction spell, make sure the person you are interested in is in love with you of their own free will.  Also, be sure your intent is friendly and that the relationship will be healthy for both of you.

  1. Love Potions: Damiana is often the main ingredient in love potions, where its leaves are steeped in hot water, sometimes mixed with honey, wine, or other herbs. These potions are drunk to attract love, enhance sexual desire, or deepen emotional connections.

  2. Incense in Rituals: Burning damiana leaves as incense during love rituals is popular. The aroma is believed to create a sensual atmosphere, conducive to opening the heart and enhancing the romantic mood.

  3. Sachets and Amulets: Dried damiana leaves are placed in sachets or amulets along with other herbs and crystals like rose quartz. These are carried by individuals to attract love or to strengthen the romantic energy in an existing relationship.

  4. Candle Magick: Damiana is often used in conjunction with candle magick. Practitioners may sprinkle dried leaves around candles or use damiana-infused oil to anoint candles. The candles are then lit with the intent of drawing in love or intensifying passion.

  5. Bathing Rituals: Adding damiana leaves or extracts to bathwater is a method used for self-love rituals or preparing oneself for a romantic encounter. It’s believed to cleanse negative energies and attract positive, loving vibes.

  6. Spell Jars: Damiana can be placed in spell jars along with other ingredients symbolizing love and desire. These jars are used as talismans to attract a new lover or to enhance the intimacy in a current relationship.

  7. Ritual Offerings: In some traditions, damiana is used as an offering to deities or spirits associated with love and fertility. The herb is offered during rituals to seek divine assistance in matters of the heart.

3 love spell examples that include damiana

The spell examples I give follow sound magickal practices and I follow the tradition of HARM NO ONE.

 Love potion that includes damiana as a main ingredient 

The creation of a love potion often involves more than just mixing ingredients; it might be imbued with specific intentions through rituals, chants, or spells. The process of making a potion can be as significant as the ingredients themselves, with particular attention paid to phases of the moon, special dates, or personal tokens.

Materials Needed:

  • Dried Damiana Leaves: The primary ingredient, reputed for its aphrodisiac properties.
  • Honey: For sweetness and to symbolize the sweetness of love.
  • Red Wine: A traditional symbol of passion and deep love.
  • Rose Petals: For adding love energies.
  • Cinnamon Stick: For warmth and to enhance attraction.
  • Vanilla Pod: To intensify romantic feelings.
  • Clear Quartz Crystal: To amplify the intentions (optional).

Equipment Needed:

  • A pot or cauldron for brewing.
  • A strainer.
  • A bottle or jar for storage.
  • A small cloth or muslin bag (if using crystal).


1.   Preparing the Ingredients:

    • Crush the dried damiana leaves gently to release their essence.
    • If using a vanilla pod, split it open to expose the seeds.

2.  Brewing the Potion:

    • Pour about two cups of water into your pot and bring it to a simmer.
    • Add a handful of damiana leaves, a cinnamon stick, and the split vanilla pod.
    • Let the mixture simmer gently for about 15 minutes, allowing the herbs to infuse the water.
    • Turn off the heat and add a handful of rose petals, letting them steep as the mixture cools.
    • Strain the mixture to remove the solid ingredients.

3.  Adding Final Touches:

    • Once the liquid is cool, stir in a spoonful of honey.
    • Add red wine to the strained liquid. The amount can vary, but typically half a cup is sufficient.
    • If using, place the clear quartz crystal in a small cloth bag and immerse it in the potion for a few hours to enhance the magical intentions.

4.  Storing the Potion:

    • Pour the finished potion into a bottle or jar. Store it in a cool, dark place.

Using the Potion:

  • Setting the Intent: Before consuming, hold the bottle and focus on your intentions, whether it’s attracting new love, enhancing physical intimacy, or deepening emotional connections.
  • Consumption: Drink a small glass of the potion when you feel the time is right. This could be before going on a date, during a romantic evening, or when you’re focusing on your love desires.
  • Respect and Consent: Always remember that real magick lies in mutual respect and consent. This potion is about enhancing your own energies and should never be used to manipulate or coerce others.

Herbal and magickal practices should be undertaken with respect for nature and awareness of individual health conditions. Damiana and other herbs can have varying effects, and it’s essential to ensure they are safe for you to use. Always consult with a healthcare provider or a knowledgeable herbalist, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on medication.

 Love ritual using damiana incense 

Using damiana incense in a love ritual is a practice steeped in symbolism and intent. This ritual harnesses the aromatic and symbolic properties of damiana, along with the power of personal intent and visualization, to create a focused and meaningful love magick experience.

Materials Needed:

  • Damiana Incense: Either store-bought or homemade by grinding dried damiana leaves.
  • Charcoal Discs: For burning the incense if you’re using loose leaves.
  • Incense Burner or Heat-Resistant Container: To safely burn the incense.
  • Candles: Preferably in colors associated with love, such as pink or red.
  • Rose Petals: Symbolizing love and affection.
  • Pen and Paper: For writing down your intentions or desires.
  • Other Personal Items: Such as photos, love letters, or symbols of love.

Setting Up The Space:

  • Choose a quiet, comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Cleanse the area if desired, perhaps by smudging with sage or using a cleansing spray.
  • Arrange your candles, rose petals, and other items on your altar or designated space.
  • Have your damiana incense ready along with a means to light it.

The Ritual:

  1. Light the Candles: Begin by lighting your candles, focusing on the flame as a symbol of the love and passion you wish to attract or enhance.

  2. Setting Intentions: Write down your specific intentions or desires related to love on the paper. Be clear and focused – whether it’s attracting a new love, enhancing an existing relationship, or fostering self-love.

  3. Burning Damiana Incense: Light the charcoal disc (if using loose incense) and wait until it turns gray. Then, place a small amount of damiana incense on the charcoal. If you’re using stick or cone incense, light it as you normally would.

  4. Focus on Intentions with Incense: As the incense begins to burn and release its aroma, focus on the smoke as a vehicle carrying your intentions out into the universe. Visualize your desires coming to fruition, imagining the scent as a magnet drawing love and passion into your life.

  5. Meditation and Visualization: Spend some time meditating on your intentions, visualizing the outcome you desire. Feel the warmth of the candles and the scent of the incense enveloping you in a loving embrace.

  6. Concluding the Ritual: Once you feel your intentions have been fully focused upon, allow the incense to burn out safely. You can choose to keep the paper with your intentions near the extinguished incense or somewhere on your altar.

  7. Closing the Ritual: Express gratitude for the energies that have been invoked. Blow out the candles, or let them burn out in a safe place.

After The Ritual:

  • Keep the paper with your intentions in a safe place where you can occasionally remind yourself of them.
  • You may choose to carry a piece of the extinguished incense or a rose petal with you as a physical reminder of your intent.

Always practice fire safety. Never leave burning incense or candles unattended. Make sure all materials are completely extinguished after the ritual.

 Magickal Love Jar That Includes Damiana To Attract Love 

Creating a magickal love spell jar with damiana is a beautiful and symbolic way to attract love or enhance the romantic energy in your life.

Materials Needed:

  • Small Glass Jar with Lid: This will hold your ingredients and seal your intentions.
  • Dried Damiana Leaves: The primary ingredient, known for its love and desire-enhancing properties.
  • Rose Petals: Symbolize love, passion, and emotional connection.
  • Honey: Represents sweetness in relationships.
  • Pink or Red Candles: Colors associated with love and affection.
  • Rose Quartz: A crystal known for promoting love and harmony.
  • Lavender: For peace, purification, and tranquility in love.
  • Cinnamon: To “heat up” romance and attraction.
  • Paper and Pen: To write down your love intentions or wishes.

Steps To Create The Love Spell Jar:

  1. Cleanse Your Space and Materials: Begin by cleansing your space and materials. You can use sage, palo santo, or any other cleansing method you prefer. This step helps to clear negative energies and create a sacred space for your spell.
  2. Set Your Intentions: Take a moment to focus on your intentions for the spell jar. Write down what you wish to attract or enhance in your love life on the paper. It could be attracting a new partner, deepening an existing relationship, or increasing self-love and confidence.
  3. Layer Your Ingredients: Start by placing the dried damiana leaves at the bottom of the jar. Follow with layers of rose petals, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a few drops of honey. As you add each ingredient, visualize your intention and how each element contributes to it.
  4. Add Rose Quartz: Place the rose quartz in the jar, envisioning it amplifying the love energy.
  5. Seal the Jar with Your Intentions: Roll up the paper with your written intentions and place it inside the jar. You can also say your intentions aloud as you do this.
  6. Seal the Jar with Wax: Light the pink or red candle and let the wax drip over the lid of the jar to seal it, symbolizing the sealing of your intentions.
  7. Finalize the Spell: Once the jar is sealed, hold it in your hands and spend a few moments meditating on your intentions. Feel the energy of the ingredients and your desires infusing the jar.
  8. Place the Jar in a Special Place: Choose a place to keep your love spell jar, such as your altar, bedroom, or another meaningful spot. Some prefer to bury it outside, symbolizing the growth of their intentions.

After The Spell:

  • You can light a candle near the jar daily or whenever you want to reinforce your intentions.
  • Remember, the key to effective spell work is your intention and energy, so maintain a positive and hopeful mindset regarding your love desires.

Always be mindful of fire safety when using candles. Remember, the goal of love spells should be to attract love positively and ethically, without intending to manipulate or control others against their will.

 Links to materials needed to complete the above rituals 

Damiana Leaves – Damiana Leaf – 12 oz – Cut & Sifted

Organic Raw Honey – Y.S. Eco Bee Farms, (2 Pack) 100% Certified Organic Raw Honey, 1.0 lb

Organic Red Rose Petals – Starwest Botanicals Organic Red Rose Buds & Petals Whole, 1 Pound Bag 

Organic Cinnamon Sticks –  FGO Organic Korintje Cinnamon Sticks, 100% Raw from Indonesia, 100+ Sticks 2 3/4″ Length

Organic Vanilla Pods – 10 Organic Madagascar Whole Vanilla Beans, Grade A

Clear Quartz Crystal – 10 Pcs Natural Rough Quartz Crystal Column Points Shards (1″- 2″) 

Red Candle – 9 INCH Red Jumbo Pillar Candle (Wicca Spell Altar Magick Spiritual Work)

Dried Lavender – Starwest Botanicals Organic Dried Lavender Flowers Extra Grade, 1 Pound 

Magickal resources

There are many resources I have used to learn about magick and to compile these articles.

If you are interested in plant magick (or magick in general), here are 4 books that should be in your collection: (but there are many more).

Plant Magic for the Beginner Witch: An Herbalist’s Guide to Heal, Protect, and Manifest

Blackthorn’s Botanical Magic

The Witch’s Book of Spellcraft:  A Practical Guide to Connecting with the Magick of Candles, Crystals, Plants & Herbs

Solitary Witch: The Ultimate Book of Shadows for the New Generation

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Damiana stands out among other love herbs for its dual ability to enhance both sexual desire and emotional intimacy and is widely used in various love rituals.

Commonly used in brewing love potions, creating spell jars, and as incense in rituals, damiana helps in attracting love, deepening romantic connections, and opening the heart chakra.

Its unique benefit over other herbs lies in its potent combination of enhancing sexual passion while also fostering a deeper emotional bond, making it a preferred choice in various love-related magickal practices.

If you are interested in learning about some general magickal properties of other essential oils and herbs, check out my article “15 Magical Properties of Essential Oils“.  

If you know of other magickal properties of damiana in love spells or different ways in which you use damiana in your love rituals, I would love to hear from you so I may incorporate what you share in this article.

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