Yerba Santa tea

Stormy Stewart


I woke up 4 days ago, not feeling right, a little twinge in my throat, stuffy nose (not bad though) I stayed the same until yesterday evening at work. Couldn't breath, took an allergy pill thinking it was wasn' I took a cold tablet........ still got worse. Within four hours I couldn't breath at all, my lungs weren't getting any air. You get so tired when that happens, can't hardly think. Still at work...people depending on me........ not like a nursing home, no one to pick up the slack. So I finely thought of the inhalor, (I have asthma) It helped a little and I made it home, but It got worse so I used Eric's breathing machine (he has asthma also). That sent me into the bathroom vomiting, Coughing up flem for about 10 minutes. Seamed like a lifetime. Eric thought of "Yerba Santa" and made me some. By the end of the cup I could breath, my lungs were clear and although my nose was still giving me trouble I could sleep. Today I woke with my throat hurting. So Eric made me some "throat coat" with "Yerba Santa". The Yerba Santa doesn't help my nose but it dilates your air ways so the nose runs and cleans you out. Still having trouble with my nose, can't breath because nose is running all the time but my lungs are great. It is a scary feeling knowing you have no lung power.

Yerba Santa Uses & Herbal Remedies
Yerba Santa has been used for colds and flu as well as other respiratory ailments including asthma, bronchitis, pleurisy and tuberculosis.
It is a broncial dilator, kidney tonic, liver tonic, blood cleanser, digestive aid, and is used for altitude sickness
A poultice of Yerba Santa can be used to treat bruises and sprains.
Historically the sticky leaf was used to seal wounds until a proper bandage could be used.

Yerba Santa Cautions
Yerba Santa is considered a safe herb; however, due to lack of research use during pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as present conditions of kidney and heart disease is discouraged.

In Hoodoo Folk Magic, Spell-Craft, and Occultism
Yerba Santa, also called HOLY HERB and SACRED HERB has entered hoodoo via Mexico, by way of practitioners of curandismo, the Mexican herbal healing and magical arts. Because the name YERBA SANTA means “holy herb,” it has a long history of use as an Altar Offering. One way to employ it in this fashion if to place a handful of dried YERBA SANTA in an open dish on the altar, mixed with Blessed Thistle, Angelica (Holy Ghost Root), Cascara Sagrada (Sacred Bark), Basil (Sacred Basil), and any other herbs or roots whose names contain the words “holy,” “sacred,” or “blessed.” This is said to bring spiritual aid to the home

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1 mug


30 Min


5 Min


8 oz
boiling water in a mug
1 tsp
level (no more) yerba santa
honey to tase (very nice taste on its own)

Directions Step-By-Step

Add Yeaba Santa to a mug of boiling water and let steep 30 minutes and sip until gone.
more info

The Tongva call it Huherhetchut. They boil the leaves into a strong tea to relieve coughs and sore throats. The same preparation also serves for stomachaches and diarrhea, as well as a tonic or blood purifier.

For rheumatism, the Tongva make a liniment from leaves and stems. They also use fresh leaves to produce a poultice, which they apply on the skin for sores, insect bites, and the rash from poison oak.

The Tongva also use the plant for non-medicinal purposes. They make a mild weak tea from dried leaves to obtain a refreshing drink. The leaves are chewed as a thirst quencher. The Tongva also smoke the dried leaves as tobacco and hang branches in the sweathouses for general purification.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy