Yerba Buena Herb: Medicinal Uses Aid Many Types of Pain Including Tooth Pain, Stomach Issues and Headaches
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Yerba Buena Herb: Medicinal Uses Aid Many Types of Pain Including Tooth Pain, Stomach Issues and Headaches

Yerba Buena is a common plant creeping along coastal hills of northwestern United States. Used for centuries by Native Americans, the minty herb defined as good herb in English. The herb has potent medicinal benefits for many ailments such as toothache, chronic pain and stomach woes. It is the perfect addition with its strong minty aroma for the herb garden.

Yerba Buena is a common plant creeping along coastal hills of northwestern United States. Used for centuries by Native Americans, a part of the mint family, the minty herb defined as “good herb” in English still has potent medicinal benefits for many ailments and may be a beneficial cure-all herb for the garden. The first Spanish settlement in San Francisco was named Yerba Buena and the rambling plant still creeps over the hills of the region. As always, it’s advisable to use all herbs under supervision of a health practitioner. Do your homework before consuming any unfamiliar herbs.

The aromatic perennial, showcased with tiny white flowers can be used for minor ailments:

  • Insect bites: Crush the leaves of the plant over the insect bite or sting to relieve itching, pain and quickens healing.
  • Menstrual pain: Taken as a tea to calm the symptoms.
  • Toothaches: Yerba Buena can be chewed for toothaches or also a tea or a decoction can be used to gargle with to heal gum disease, mouth sores and also treat sore throats and swollen tonsils. 
  • Gas build-up: Has been used for a long time to treat stomach aches, loss of appetite, indigestion
  • Mouthwash: The minty flavor is used to treat bad breath and to freshen the mouth.
  • Allergies: It is great to treat hay fever.
  • Antioxidant: Yerba Buena has an acid in the plant called Rosmarinic, which is a strong antioxidant and can counteract free radicals and possibly help prevent cancer.
  • Relaxing: The tea can also be taken to combat anxiety and stress.
  • Pain Reliever: A topical cream can also be used to combat the pain from gout, arthritis, headaches, and body and joint aches and pains.
  • Colds and Coughs: It can also be used in a vaporizer to unclog the nasal passages, and the chest. It is also an expectorant, and lessen the phlegm.
  • Skin tonic: Yerba Buena is also great for the skin as it can improve skin tone, treat acne, remove blackheads and lessen dark spots.

Yerba Buena is considered a local plant and can vary from region to region, but has been named to identify an aromatic mint in most areas. Used for culinary purposes such as a savory spice or blended into salads, it is also used medicinally as a tea or a compress. The tea can be used for an upset stomach or menstrual pain. For stomach woes, the minty herb soothes the membranes of the digestive tract and is also anti-spasmodic. 

To prepare a Yerba Buena tea, use a small bundle of leaves, approximately one fourth of a cup that has been dried for a few weeks. The next step is crushing the leaves into tiny pieces. Boil in pure, filtered water then allow to steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain leaves. Drink with a small amount of sweetener. According to “The Medicinal Health Guide,” the infusion can be consumed up to 6 times daily. If preparation is too much trouble, tea bags can be purchased online or at certain health food chains. The plant can also be purchased at local farmer's markets in certain regions. Extracts are also available as well as capsules and tablets.

To ease the pain of sore muscles or insect bites, the Yerba Buena leaves can be made into a paste. Dab the paste or juice onto a small piece of cotton and apply to problem area. If using the paste for swollen gums, let rest on area for at least 30 minutes. A compress can also be made using the sap from the plant, making it into a paste them applying it to a cotton, clean cloth. 

You can find the tea bags on Amazon, just do a search for Yerba Buena or Hierba Buena tea on Amazon.

Sources:

The Medicinal Guide

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Comments (3)

Thank you Cheryl for the post on pain herbs. Hope to be in your support.

thank you, paulose!! aprreciate all the support.

A good herb with good uses.

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