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What is Yerba Santa?
Yerba santa is a woody bush that grows to between two and 7 to 8 feet tall in the dry plains, slopes, and ridges of Arizona, Texas, Utah, and Colorado. Its narrow lance shaped leaves are shiny green on the upper side and hairy white underneath. Trumpet shaped white or blue flowers grow in clusters.The name yerba santa (holy weed) was given to this plant by Spanish colonists, who learned of its medicinal virtues from Native Americans. Traditionally, the leaves were infused and taken for coughs, colds, sore throats, mucus, and asthma. The infusion was also used as a wash to ease fever, and the mashed leaves were applied as a poultice to treat sores.
The Eclectic Medical Journal featured an article on yerba santa in 1875, and it was listed in the Pharmacopoeia of the United States in 1894.Yerba Santa's history of use includes Indians of Old California and the Spanish, Mexican, and American settlers. Its outer leaves have a sticky, shiny substance with a smooth top. The sticky, mucilaginous leaves strongly indicate the plant's herbal use for chest colds, bronchitis, and hay fever.The chief constituents of Yerba Santa are five phenolic bodies, eriodictyol, homoeriodictyol, chrysocriol, zanthoeridol and eridonel.
What is the effective dosage of Yerba Santa supplementation?
A tea may be made from yerba santa by chopping or crushing about 1-2 teaspoonful of fresh or dried leaves, pouring about 8-10 ounces of boiling water over them, and letting then soak for 30 minutes. The solid particles are strained out before drinking the tea, which may be taken up to three times a day.
What are the benefits of Serba Santa supplementation?
• It Supports air passageway function.
• It relives for occasional congestion.
• It's leaves were infused and taken for coughs, colds, sore throats, mucus, and asthma. The infusion was also used as a wash to ease fever, and the mashed leaves were applied as a poultice to treat sores.
What are the side effects of yerba santa supplementation?
There are no reported side effects of yerba santa supplementation. It is safe.
• It is not recommended for pregnant or breast feeding women.