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


Yerba Santa - Eriodictyon trichocalyx - family: Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family).

This plant is an aromatic shrub that grows to six feet high. It has lance-to-oblong-shaped leaves and in the summer it produces small flowers that range in color from lavender to white. Capsules follow the flowers and contain dark-colored seeds. Traditional Native American and California pioneer use of a tea made from the leaves as a remedy for asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, colds, coughs, hayfever, paralysis, rheumatism, and tuberculosis. Native to California and Baja California.



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