Also known as
Eriodictyon californicum, commonly called Yerba santa, is a plant home to the Boraginaceae family, and can be found in its native habitat throughout the west coast of the USA. Yerba santa supports the actions of the lungs and has taste modifying properties, and can be used to disguise the taste of bitter herbs such as coptis, cinchona, or others.
eriodictyol, homoeriodictyol, chrysocriol, zanthoeridol and eridonel
cut and sifted foliage
Yerba santa makes a tasty yet astringent tea, an enjoyable smoke, and is quite potent in tincture form due to the concentration of resin found in the plant. Recommended dosage is 1-2 grams or 1/2-1 teaspoon in tea, simmered for 5-10 minutes.
Yerba santa is an herb with a very niche medicinal use, that of making unpleasant things taste better. The herb also has a tonic action relating to the lungs, and for these reasons it was traditionally smoked, and used to flavor bitter medicines.
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