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


Yerba Mansa - Anemopsis californica - family: Saururacea (Lizard's-tail Family).

This plant is a rhizome-based perennial herb with aromatic roots. It grows to about a foot and a half high. It has oval-shaped leaves and in the spring and summer it produces spikes with cone-like clusters of tiny white-to-pinkish flowers. Traditional Native American use of the roots as a remedy for colds, chest congestion, menstrual cramps, pain, pleurisy and stomach ulcers. Roots are also used in a poultice for wounds, cuts and bruises. Native to central and western North America. Native to California and Baja California, Mexico.




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