Yerba Mansa. Native Americans often used this plant for medicinal purposes.
“Among modern herbalists it is gaining importance for its usefulness and low potential for toxicity.
EXTERNAL: The cold leaf tea has a cooling anesthetic effect. A soothing wash for blisters, insect bites, poison ivy, sunburn, and ringworm.
INTERNAL: Traditionally used for colds and chronic lung problems, cystitis, stomachache, and many other conditions. If you grow your own, you can use it in the traditional and most effective way: as a tea made from the fresh plant. Like many herbal teas, it works best when used a couple of times a day over a few days, not every day. The taste is spicy, numbing, and overwhelmingly medicinal….a refreshing comfort for some people, but an acquired taste for others. Use 2-4 leaves per cup, or the entire plant, washed and chopped. A small plant with young white roots will make about a quart of tea. ”
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