Yerba Santa Dried Herb
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Long ago, the Native American tribes in California taught the medicinal properties of the Yerba Santa to the priest who nicknamed this plant, "the holy weed". Just start chewing these bitter leaves and just like magic, they start to get sweet.  

Yerba Santa is not the kind of herbal tea to have on a daily basis. It has medicinal properties and should be used when you are feeling unwell.

Grief, depression, insect wounds, bruises, join pains, alzheimer - there are so many benefits it offers if only you know how to use it.  U.S. Pharmacopoeia, a standardized drug reference in 1894 listed listed Yerba Santa as an official remedy physicians were to use for coughs, pneumonia, and bronchitis. This was before the pharmaceutical revolution.

 

Solvent: boiling water or alcohol

Medicinal parts: leaves

Traditional Uses: 

  • Our ancestors would use these leaves in a poultice for broken skin problems, pain of joints or muscles, swelling, and sores.
  • For cough, colds, sore throat, catarrh, stomachaches, vomiting, and diarrhea. This is excellent for all respiratory conditions... boil the 1 tbsp dried leaves into 1 cup of boiling water.  Steep for 30 minutes. Take 1 tsp, 3x a day 
  • According the the book, A Handbook of Native American Herbs, some physicians used to mix the gum plant (grindelia robusta) with yerba santa as a syrup for more effective results. It should be used in small amounts through because grindelia robusta can be irritating to the kidneys. One part grindelia robusta with three parts yerba santa, 10-30 drops, 3 x a day.

Taste: You can experience some of the complexity of this plant easily. Imagine this, from the same cup of tea you may taste sweet, slightly bitter, spicy, or even salty flavors. For some people, it can smell like sardines and others smelling the same cup of tea can smell of licorice. It has a powerful taste, unlike anything else.

Also, "While it might sound like a New Age dream that a shrub known as “holy herb” from California could help treat Alzheimer’s, it’s not so far-fetched: Aspirin, Sudafed, codeine, morphine and many more drugs are plant-based. Now, scientists have hope that a plant called Yerba Santa may fight the conditions that lead to Alzheimer’s." read more here.

Not interested in mixing your own herbs? Alywillow offers many prepared formulas that can help with many of these things. For instance, if you want pain relief, our Minty Relief formula contains over a dozen plants that naturally reduce inflammation and pain - with repeatable results for almost everyone who uses it! Just read the reviews. 

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