Eriodictyon californicum. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire. About California Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum). Eriodictyon californicum is a species of plant in the Boraginaceae (Borage) family (formerly classified in. Pictures and description of Eriodictyon californicum, Yerba Santa.

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The fresh leaves are chewed for their refreshing taste and to relieve thirst[]. An aromatic sweet tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves[]. An extract of the leaves is used as a flavouring in baked goods, sweets, ice cream and soft drinks[]. Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.

Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. Yerba Santa the name means Holy weed is a famous domestic remedy from south-western N.

America where it is considered to be especially useful as an expectorant[].

It is an ingredient of many patent cough medicines[]. The leaves are an aromatic pleasant tasting tonic herb that reduces spasms, expels phlegm and lowers fevers[, ]. They eriiodictyon especially recommended for treating diseases of the chest and respiratory system, including asthma, and are also used in the treatment of hay fever[4,].

A bitter tea made from the leaves has been much used as a bitter tonic and a stimulating balsamic expectorant[, ]. A steam bath made from the branches and leaves has been used in the treatment californicuj rheumatism[]. A decoction of the leaves has been used as a wash for sore areas and painful fatigued limbs[].

A natural mouthwash is prepared by rolling the leaves into balls and allowing them eriodictyyon dry in the sun[]. These are then chewed and at first have a bitter flavour but this is soon replaced by a sweetness if a drink of water is taken[].


The leaves are harvested in the summer calivornicum dried for later use[]. The plant has been smoked as a remedy for asthma[]. The leaves have been woven into skirts and aprons[]. Requires a position in full sun in a well-drained sandy soil[]. It is probably best grown against a sunny wall. If the plant needs pruning to keep it within bounds, then this is best carried out in spring or early summer.

Do not cut back to wood more than 2 years old[].

This plant is remarkable for the coating of varnish-like resin that covers the upper leaf surface[]. The foliage is very aromatic[]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Califognicum – sow spring in a greenhouse[]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on the young plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer.

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Eriodictyon californicum – Hook. Habitats Dry mountain slopes at altitudes up to 1, metres[]. America – Oregon to California.

You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Eriodictyon californicum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2. It is hardy to zone UK 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite has eriorictyon male and female organs. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can. Please view the copyright link for more information.

Yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum) – Erma’s Nutrition Center

Yerba Santa, California yerba santa. Not recommended during breast feeding or pregnancy. Dry mountain slopes at altitudes up to 1, metres[].