Herbs

Yerba Santa

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Spanish Translation: Yerba Santa 

COMMON NAME

 

Standardized: yerba santa

 

BOTANICAL NAME

 

Eriodictyon californicum (Hook. & Arn.) Torr.
Plant Family: Hydrophyllaceae

 

OVERVIEW

 

INTRODUCTION

Yerba santa is a sticky-leafed evergreen native to the southwestern United States. Unlike many other astringent herbs, yerba santa actually has a pleasant taste. It is used as a food flavoring and as an additive to herbal cough syrups to disguise the taste of other ingredients. It was given its name ("holy weed") by Spanish priests impressed with its medicinal properties.

CONSTITUENTS

Bitter resins, eriodictyol, eriodictyonic acid, eriodictyonine, essential oil, tannins.

PARTS USED

Dried leaves.

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Can be used as a tea, but must be allowed to steep for at least half an hour to dissolve the resins. More often used as an alcohol tincture.

SUMMARY

Yerba santa is a warm and pungent herb that is both astringent and stimulant. A study published in 1951 in the journal Archives of Biochemistry notes that the resins are mildly antibacterial. Most of the nation's supply of Yerba Santa comes from California with most stands existing in the Sierra Nevada mountain chain and parts of southern California.

PRECAUTIONS

We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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        This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

         

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