Yerba Santa Herbal Remedies

Yerba santa is an expectorant herb useful for asthma, bronchitis, pleurisy, and moist coughs. It is also used as a bitter tonic to stimulate digestion (chewing on tender young yerba santa leaves is good for digestion). The herb has an agreeable, bitter, and resinous taste. The tincture is useful to mask the objectionable taste of very bitter herbs, such as cascara sagrada. Grindelia, another well-known spicy warm respiratory plant, is often blended with yerba santa. Yerba Santa has a taste of SPICY, AROMATIC and a temperature of VERY WARM.

Yerba Santa Proper Dose

TypeDossage
Yerba Santa Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Yerba Santa Tincture1-2 dropperful 2-3 x daily

Yerba Santa Reference Information

Latin NameEriodictyon californicum
Other NamesBear's Weed
Part UsedHerb
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb for tea, syrups.
AffectsRespiratory system, Urinary system
CautionsNone known.
Botanical InfoA sticky, shiny-leaved aromatic resinous shrub of dry hillsides and deserts with sprays of lavender flowers in the Waterleaf familly.

Supporting Research

Leung, A. and S. Foster. 1996. Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients. New York: J. Wiley & Sons.

McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

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