Yerba Santa

What other names is Yerba Santa known by?

Bear's Weed, Consumptive's Weed, Eriodictyon, Eriodictyon californicum, Eriodictyon glutinosum, Gum Bush, Gum Plant, Herbe des Montagnes, Herbe à Ourse, Herbe Sacrée, Herbe Sainte, Hierba Santa, Holy Herb, Holy Weed, Mountain Balm, Sacred Herb, Tarweed, Wigandia californicum.

What is Yerba Santa?

Yerba santa is an herb. The leaf is used to make medicine.

Yerba santa is used for respiratory conditions including coughs, colds, tuberculosis, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. It is also used for fever and dry mouth. Some people use it to relieve muscle spasms, to loosen phlegm, and as a tonic.

Yerba santa is sometimes applied directly to the skin in a warm dressing (poultice) to treat bruises, sprains, wounds, insect bites, and to relieve joint pain (rheumatism).

In foods and beverages, an extract of yerba santa is used as a flavoring.

In the manufacturing of medications, yerba santa is used to mask the bitter taste of certain drugs.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Coughs.
  • Colds.
  • Fever.
  • Tuberculosis.
  • Asthma.
  • Chronic bronchitis.
  • Loosening mucus.
  • Spasms.
  • Use as a tonic.
  • Bruises, sprains, wounds, insect bites, or joint pain when put on the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of yerba santa for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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