An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.

Yerba Buena - Satureja douglasii - family: Lamiaceae (Mint Family).

This perennial plant forms low mats and may grow to about two feet high. It has toothed oval-to-heart-shaped leaves and it produces whitish-to-purplish flowers in the spring, summer and fall. The flowers are followed by small shiny brown seeds. It can be found growing in western North America from California to British Columbia and Idaho. Traditional use by Native Americans as a remedy for indigestion, insomnia, fevers, colds and arthritis pain. Used by early settlers in California as the base for a refreshing mint-flavored herbal tea. Native to western North America. Native to California.


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