Yerba santa is an herb. The leaf is used to make medicine.
Yerba santa is used for respiratory conditions including coughs, colds, tuberculosis, asthma, and chronic bronchitis. It is also used for fever and dry mouth. Some people use it to relieve muscle spasms, to loosen phlegm, and as a tonic.
Yerba santa is sometimes applied directly to the skin in a warm dressing (poultice) to treat bruises, sprains, wounds, insect bites, and to relieve joint pain (rheumatism).
In foods and beverages, an extract of yerba santa is used as a flavoring.
In the manufacturing of medications, yerba santa is used to mask the bitter taste of certain drugs.
How it works
Yerba santa contains chemicals that are thought to loosen mucus in the chest and may increase urination.
Not ProvenCoughsColdsFeverTuberculosisAsthmaChronic bronchitisLoosening mucusSpasmsUse as a tonicBruises, sprains, wounds, insect bites, or joint pain when put on the skinOther conditions
Yerba santa is LIKELY SAFE when eaten in amounts commonly found in food or when taken by mouth for medicinal reasons. However, the potential side effects are not known.There is not enough information to know whether yerba santa is safe when put on the skin.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking yerba santa if you arepregnantorbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?
Yerba santa might have an effect like a water pill or "diuretic." Taking yerba santa might decrease how well the body gets rid of lithium. This could increase how much lithium is in the body and result in serious side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before using this product if you are taking lithium. Your lithium dose might need to be changed.