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Fitoterapia. 2004 Dec;75(7-8):696-701.

Analysis of essential oils from wild and micropropagated plants of damiana (Turnera diffusa).

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Programa de Agricultura de Zonas Aridas, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, P.O. Box 128, La Paz, Baja California Sur 23000, México.


Damiana is a medicinal plant with many traditional uses and a reputation as an aphrodisiac. Essential oils produced by this plant are used in traditional medicine, and for the preparation of liquors and tea. The composition of essential oils from wild damiana, plants grown with micropropagated methods involving cell suspension, and explants in solid medium, is presented. Relevant differences are observed in oils coming from wild and micropropagated plants, where micropropagated plants being more uniform with respect to quality and quantity. The most abundant constituents of the oils were caryophyllene oxide, caryophyllene, delta-cadinene, elemene and 1,8-cineol.

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