Herbs Guide

Yerba Santa

Family Name: N.O. Hydrophyllaceae

Botanical Name(s): Eriodictyon glutinosum (BENTH.)

Popular Name(s): Mountain Balm, Consumptive's Weed, Gum Bush, Bear's Weed, Holy or Sacred Herb

Parts Used: Leaves

Habitat: Yerba Santa is found abundantly in California and Northern Mexico.

Description: Yerba Santa is a shrubby evergreen plant growing up to a height of 2 to 4 feet. The leaves of the plant are yellowish in colour, covered with resin and are 2-5 inches in length. The plant bears blue flowers which occur in cluster.

Uses: Yerba Santa is used in bronchial and laryngeal troubles, chronic pulmonary affections, haemorrhoids and chronic catarrh of the bladder. Its leaves are often smoked in asthma.