Yerba Santa and Your Health

From the Department of Agriculture

This is not a very common herb. It can only be found in small areas of North America such as the Caribbean and the West Coast. Yerba Santa was used by many natives to treat bronchial problems such as asthma.

The Plant and What it Brings to the Table

One might think just the leaves of the Yerba Santa are used the most. Actually, it is the root and the leaves that you can to use and most commonly steeped in teas. From this plant, you can find iron, Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E. Even if you don’t have respiratory issues, this could be a tea you use to get extra vitamins and minerals.

How Yerba Santa Helps

What is Yerba Santa used the most for? There are many things you can treat with Yerba Santa.

Laryngitis – This issue can arise from being sick, coughing too much, or just from an infection within the throat.

Dysentery – This condition is watery diarrhea that could possibly contain blood.

Diarrhea – You can a wide variety of types of diarrhea from slightly loose to watery with blood, as in dysentery.

Rheumatism – This is generally used to describe any stiffness or pain in joints or around joints. It could cover, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other similar issues.

Asthma – This is not a condition that should be taken lightly. If you are in the midst of an asthma attack, taking Yerba Santa is not the smart thing. Get to a doctor or hospital immediately. Only use Yerba Santa as a proactive treatment to avoid such emergencies.

Bronchitis – As the bronchial tubes swell, it can be difficult to breathe which in turn can cause fluid to build up in the lungs. At this stage it is bronchitis but can easily become pneumonia if left untreated. If you are prone to bronchitis, Yerba Santa could be used to proactively avoid another case of bronchitis.

Hayfever – If you are one to have a stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, or scratchy throat as the seasons change, you could have hayfever. This is used to describe the reaction to any material in the air that causes allergies to appear.

Poor Digestion – Your digestive system could be disrupted with anything. Stress, sickness, poor eating habits, and adverse reactions to medications could be the culprit. Anytime you have trouble with your digestion you can take Yerba Santa to help get the digestion system flowing smoothly.

Throat Problems – You can use Yerba Santa to treat many throat problems including dry throat, sore throat, or swelling. Once again, if the swelling is severe go to the emergency room instead of using Yerba Santa.

Fever – There are many herbs that are reputed to treat fevers. A nice cup of tea of Yerba Santa could do the trick.


Yerba Santa might not be a common herb, but it can be a very effective one for your health. Use it to keep yourself healthy and avoid those regular bouts of cough, cold, and flu.

Rebecca Graf
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