yerba santa

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yerba san·ta

Any of various western North American evergreen shrubs of the genus Eriodictyon, having tubular white to purple flowers and narrow leaves used in herbal medicine.

[Spanish : yerba, herb + santa, holy.]
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Noun1.yerba santa - viscid evergreen shrub of western United States with white to deep lilac flowers; the sticky aromatic leaves are used in treating bronchial and pulmonary illnesses
Eriodictyon, genus Eriodictyon - small genus of evergreen shrubs of southwestern United States and Mexico
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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While testing 400 different plant extracts and flavonoids, researchers from the Salk Institute discovered that yerba santa contains the flavanone sterubin, which has neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory effects.
Our identification of sterubin as a potent neuroprotective component of a native California plant called Yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum) is a promising step in that direction."
Start your spiritual house cleaning with @kahilom's choices of sage sticks (P350 each) by Daniela Calumba white sage for clearing away negative energies and emotional garbage and white sage with yerba santa for protection, healing, and spiritual strength.
Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon sps) is a common southwestern herb found in dry and desert-like places.
The Anchor brewers used a grist of barley and two types of malted wheat, including one toasted Belgian variety; added a local herb called Yerba Santa, and fermented with an American saison-style yeast.