Yerba Santa

Eriodictyon californicum

This is an herb that grows primarily in California, dipping up into Oregon and east into Nevada and northern Arizona.  Its Latin name is Eriodictyon californicum, the most common species of this herb used in commerce.  Its thin, narrow leaves are what are used medicinally.  Used primarily as  a decongestant, Yerba santa is used for any wet, mucus-y lung or sinus condition, such as a head cold, seasonal allergies, or bronchitis.  It acts as an anti-inflammatory as well, so the two properties of decongestant and anti-inflammatory together are good reasons to add to an allergy formula, such as my Allergy Ease formulas.  It is also may have some antihistamine effects, therefore helping to prevent allergy symptoms.  Yerba santa is also used for chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract (gastritis) and urinary tract inflammation or irritation.

About Katya

Katya has a deep respect and passion for the natural world and the ongoing healing journey. Having experienced her own health challenges in her teenage years, and having to find balance throughout life, she can empathize with the health challenges many of us face at points in our lives. Having these experiences and seeing the connection time and again between physical health and mental, emotional, & spiritual states, has helped her to see health as part of a whole system. She formally studied Herbal Sciences at Bastyr University and has owned Herban Wellness since 2009.