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Yerba Santa Leaf Whole, Wild Crafted

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Eriodictyon californicum
plant overview
Holy holder of water

What is yerba santa? Yerba santa is a shrub-like evergreen that grows abundantly in the dry hills of Northern Mexico and California. The plant is also known as Bear's Weed, Consumptive's Weed, Gum Bush and, as its name translates to Holy Herb in Spanish. What is yerba santa sage used for? Historically, yerba santa is used to produce yerba santa tea, tonics, syrups and alcohol-based tinctures. When considering where buy yerba santa, we offer it by the pound or quarter pound. Also when you buy yerba santa consider the yerba Santa health benefits that include aiding in alleviating coughs, colds, bruises and insect bites.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on yerba santa

The plant Eriodictyon californicum is a species within the Hydrophyllaceae family.

Yerba santa grows as a shrub one to three meters tall, and is typically found in clonal stands. A sticky resin coats the smaller branches and foliage which are often dusted with black fungi. Yerba santa is known to be an occasional source of nutrition for grazing wildlife and livestock.

Its narrow leaves are approximately 15 centimeters long and somewhat lance-shaped. They have an odor generally considered unpleasant and a bitter taste. The plant's inflorescence is a cluster of bell-shaped white to purplish flowers. Each flower growing between one and two centimeters in length.

common names & nomenclature
Yerba santa is Spanish for “holy weed” or “holy herb.” Whereas Eriodictyon is a Greek compound word meaning “woolly net". This refers to the leaves' fuzzy underside.

Also known as:
yerba santa, mountain balm, bear's weed, consumptive's weed, gum bush

Yerba Santa, the holy holder of water

Where in the World

habitat and range for yerba santa

Eriodictyon californicum is native to California and Oregon, where it grows in several types of habitats.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting yerba santa

The Yerba santa plant grows in several types of habitats, including chaparral (shrubby and bushed areas), Coast redwood forests, and dry mountain slopes in full sun. Yerba santa can become dominant on range lands, since livestock will consume other flora before approaching yerba santa.

Prefers a well-drained sandy soil.

Sow seed in spring in a greenhouse. Transplant out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on the young plants in a greenhouse for at least their first winter and plant out in late spring or early summer. Give some protection from the cold for at least their first couple of winters outdoors.

The leaves are harvested in the summer and dried for later use.

Store the dried yerba santa leaves in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story

Formulas and Recipes
Yerba santa can be used in a variety of forms such as extracts, tonics and dried leaves. Extracts can be used in the food and beverage industries to flavor baked goods, soft drinks and some dairy products. The dried leaf is used in tea blends and can be combined with bitter herbs to produce tonics. Also the fresh leaf of the plant is said to quench thirst when chewed. This is because the plant retains water to withstand its hot and dry habitat. Rolled and dried in the sun, the leaf is chewed to cleanse the mouth when mouthwash is not available.

Health Benefits
Yerba santa is said to help with respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs and bronchitis. It’s also uses to help alleviate muscle spams and to loosen phlegm. When applied to the skin it may help treat sprains, joint pain and sooth insect bits.
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