• Joan Rothchild Hardin

Yerba Santa for Sinuses

Source: Tree of Light

If you’ve suffered with chronically stuffed up sinuses or post nasal drip, you know how much they can detract from the joy of being alive. Here’s information about a medicinal herb that may bring you relief: Yerba Santa.


Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum) has been used medicinally for centuries by the Chumash Indians and other Native Americans in California to treat a variety of conditions: pulmonary problems, saliva production, and to stop bleeding from minor cuts and scrapes. “In the United States and Britain, Yerba Santa was formally used for conditions including influenza, bacterial pneumonia, asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis starting in the late 1800s until the 1960s (when drug regulations became more stringent around proof of efficacy).” (Vitagene, 2017) The herb is a shrubby evergreen plant, 2 to 4 feet high, found growing abundantly in clumps on dry hills in California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Northern Mexico. The Chumash Indians regard Yerba Santa as one of the traditionally Sacred Herbs.  (Rose, 2014)