Yerba Santa tea
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
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.