Yerba Santa - Eriodictyon Californicum

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This Yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Yerba santa - Eriodictyon californicum in the Hydrophyllaceae or Waterleaf family

Part used: Leaves.

Taste/smell: Sweet, sticky, aromatic.

Tendencies: Warming.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 heaping teaspoon per cup of water, infused for 25 minutes; or 1:4 dry liquid extract: 10-50 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: Yerba santa is indicated in respiratory and digestive weakness.

Use: (a) Expectorant, (b) Bronchodilator, (c) Antimicrobial, (d) Carminative.

Yerba santa is used for colds, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma, hay fever and any condition where there is a cough with poor expectoration. It aids in digestion and is used for the treatment of bladder infections. Externally, it can be applied to bruises, inflammations and rheumatic pain.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time. All resinous liquid extracts of herbs like Yerba santa will precipitate in water and stick to the container or glass.

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