California Native Medicinal Plants
||For acute fevers, hemostatic, anti-inflammatory.
||Root is anti-inflammatory, vasodialator, antispasmodic and sedative. Berries are very toxic.
||Strengthens capillaries and treats edema for chronic congestion. Care is needed for proper dosage.
||Seeds for acid indegestion, nausea.
||Lung tonic, antimicrobial and antifungal.
||Astringent, bladder infections, sitz bath for postpartum mothers, yeast infections.
||Tannins, lowers pH of urine, moderates blood sugar levels.
||Cystitis and urethritis, sitz bath after birthing.
||Tea is antifungal and antimicrobial, a variety of first aid purposes.
||Induces sweat, secretion.
|Berberis aquifolium, B.nervosa, B.repens, B.pinnata
||Bitter tonic, stimulant to liver and skin protein metabolism, anti microbial for the skin and intestinal tract.
|Ceanothus cunneatus, C.velutinus, C.integerrimus
||Astringent to membranes, good gargle and mouthwash for sore throat.
||Amole Lily, Soap Plant
||Hair treatment, shampoo.
||Narcotic-analgesic for pain and central nervous disorders.
||Mood-elevating antisposmodic and sedative. PMS.
||Decongestant, lungs and sinuses, a general cold and allergy tea.
||Phosphorous concentrator, soothes inflamed membranes, eyewash.
||Antianxiety, sedative, analgesic.
||Astringent, antimicrobial, wash for skin irritations.
||Smooth muscle relazer, sedative to central nervous system, stomach cramps, anticholinergic without secretory supression (dry mouth).
||Astringent, anti-inflammatory, colic in children, pain reliever for scrapes, abrasions and burns.
||Astringent, tannins, mouthwash for sore gums and throat.
||Uterine tonic, antioxidant, sunscreen.
||Menthol, stomach distress, diaphoretic.
||Pacific Wax Myrtle
||Tincture for inflamed gums, vasodialator, shrinks membranes, sore throats.
||Indian Warrior, Betony
||Skeletal muscle relaxant, for adrenalin-stressed muscles.
||External skin wash, antimicrobial.
||Diterpenes for staph and candida and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
||Decongestant, expectorant, mild anti-microbial, delicious tea.
||Diaphoretic for mild fevers, skin wash for rashes, nice tea.
||Anti-inflammatory for skin and mucosa, tonic for arthritis, bruises, stings.
||Tea is a remedy for recovery from lung infections.
||False Solomon's Seal
||Sore throat, respiratory excitability.
||Antifungal, antibacterial, smooth muscle stimulant.
||Antimicrobial skin wash, antifungal athlete's foot, smelling salt, careful of nose bleeds.
||Lowers pH of urine, moderates blood sugar levels.
||Sinus congestion, chronic rhinitis, hay fever.
Prepared by Chris Dye
Healing Plant Recipes
Using Native Plants
Provided By Kami McBride of the Living Awareness Institute
Harvest the blue elderberries when they are plump and ripe. Make the brandy with the fresh berries.
2 cups brandy
1 cup fresh blue elderberries
Put brandy and berries in a glass Mason jar. Put the lid on and store in a cool, dry place. After one
month use cotton muslin cloth and a funnel to strain the berries from the brandy. Discard the berries
into the compost pile and the remaining liquid is your elderberry brandy. Store it in a clean glass jar.
Shelf life of the elderberry brandy is about two years. Take 2 tablespoons three times a day at the
onset of cold and flu symptoms.
Harvest the fresh leaves from March through June
Mugwort Massage Oil
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped mugwort leaf
Chop mugwort finely and put oil and mugwort into a sterilized glass jar. Store in a cool, dry place for
one month. While the mugwort is infusing into the oil it is very important that the plant not pop up
above the oil because it can mold. You have to check your jar regularly to make sure the plant is
completely covered with oil. Sometimes you have to add more oil. Let sit for one month and then
strain out the plant. Discard the plant material and store the oil in a cool, dark place. Shelf life of the
oil is about one year. This is a terrific massage oil for sore joints, an achy back or belly oil for
Dig up a piece of ceanothus root in the fall. Using your best clippers, chop it into small pieces
immediately. When it dries, it turns rock hard.
Red Root Tincture
1 cup 100 proof vodka
3/4 cup fresh chopped red root
Put vodka and chopped ceanothus root into a clean Mason jar and store in a cool, dry place. After one
month, use a funnel lined with cotton muslin cloth and strain the roots from the vodka. Discard the
roots into the compost pile and the remaining liquid is your red root tincture. The shelf life of this
tincture is about 3 years depending on how you store it. Take 30 drops up to 4 times a day at the
onset of colds, flu and sore throats.
Harvest fresh yarrow leaves and/or flowers. Use them fresh or dried for making tea.
2 cups water
2 tablespoons yarrow
Put water and yarrow into a pot with a lid on. Bring it to a boil and then turn off the heat. Let the tea
continue to steep for another hour. Strain out the herbs and then re-heat the tea. Drink 1 to 4 cups of
warm tea a day for colds, flu, urinary tract infections and heavy menstruation. You can also apply
yarrow tea topically to scrapes and cuts to prevent infection.
Harvest the medium sized green yerba santa leaf and use it fresh to make your yerba santa syrup.
Yerba Santa Syrup
2 cups water
1 cup fresh yerba santa leaf
Simmer water and leaf on the lowest heat in a pot without a lid on. When the water has slowly cooked
down to one cup, strain the yerba santa out. You now have one cup of a very strong yerba santa tea
that nobody I know will drink. So what you do is add 3/4 cup honey and make a syrup. Stir the honey in
well and store in the refrigerator. Shelf life in the fridge is about 3 months. Take 3 to 5 tablespoons a
day for coughs that have lots of phlegm and mucus. This syrup is not good for hot, dry coughs.
These books are available at the shop at Yerba Buena Nursery
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the West by Gregory Tilford
Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore
Edible and Useful Plants of California by Charlotte Clarke