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Healthy Habits; Yerba Mansa

Yerba Mansa

For centuries, this Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico native plant has been a traditional medicine utilized in treating many ailments topically and internally. Yerba mansa, or Anemopsis californica, is considered by many as one of the most versatile and invaluable natural medicines of the Southwest.

This immune system boosting, low-growing, non-woody herbaceous perennial, also known as swamp root and lizard tail, has a beautiful white-petaled flower, and its aromatic roots and leaves can be used to make tinctures, teas and salves. Always do your research and check with your doc before trying new herbs.

Make sure this natural, herbal remedy will not have a negative effect, especially if you are currently taking pharmaceutical/synthetic medicines. It isn’t recommended for those with UTIs, or pregnant women, to name a couple of its counter-indications.

Here are some of the many possible healing benefits of yerba mansa:

  • relieves sore throat
  • treats sinus infections
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiviral
  • helps treat stomach ulcers
  • natural gout remedy
  • antibacterial
  • helps treat arthritis
  • improves mental alertness
  • treats common cold & flu
  • natural pain reliever
  • tonic for blood purification
  • helps reduce excess mucous
  • helps heal intestinal problems
  • eases upset stomach
  • treats: wounds, abrasions, bruises, burns and cuts

   Yerba mansa, or yerba del manso – this herb’s true name, is translated from Spanish: (yerba) =herb, manso=calm or tame. A poultice can be made from the root and rhizome for treating rheumatism. The root can be eaten raw or cooked, and the ground seeds can be made into flour.

The dried, powdered leaves effectively treat a variety of wounds, as well as burns. Native American Indians would likely have chewed the fresh root and applied it as a poultice to burns, in an emergency situation when the remedy was needed immediately.

You will probably be purchasing this herb, although it can be cultivated and actually nourishes the soil where it grows. Yerba mansa can be found in pre-made tinctures, capsules, salves, or flower essences.

Choose a company that practices sustainable harvesting, and look for these labels on the package: Fair Trade, Organic, and Non-GMO.

Be Well and God Bless You.

Jennifer Wimmer

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