Yucca is also known by the names Spanish Bayonet, Guardian Of The Desert, Needle Palm, and Soapweed. Yucca, a member of the lily family, grows in abundance throughout the Southwestern United States and Mexico. The part of this plant used for health benefits is the root. The name "Yucca" comes from the Caribbean name for "cassava," which was once considered part of this genus.
Traditionally, this herb has been tried for soap because of its foaming agents. Natives used the soapy leaves from yucca for numerous health complaints. Yucca is used today to help support inflammations caused by degenerative issues like joint pain. The authors of a study looking at patients with joint pain and joint pain speculate that Yucca saponins block the release of toxins from the intestines, which tends to inhibit normal formation of cartilage. Rich in Vitamin A, B-complex, and Vitamin C, Yucca is also a good source of calcium, copper, manganese, potassium and phosphorus. But the primary chemical constituents of Yucca are the saponins which have natural steroid properties.
Yucca also contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that contribute to cleansing of the colon, purifying of the blood, and helping to keep the kidneys and liver free of toxins. The fresh (undried) flowers of Yucca are currently being investigated for their potential immunity-level support.
Topical applications of this herb have included its use as a poultice for sprains. And when the root is chopped and mixed with water, it lathers, making it an excellent biodegradable soap or shampoo. This herb can also be used to support dandruff and hair loss. Yucca is also approved for use in foods as a foaming agent (particularly in root beer). The common name Yucca includes the species Yucca glauca, Yucca baccata, and other Yucca species, which are used interchangeably with Yucca filamentosa.
Dosage: 10-30 drops of the liquid extract three times daily; or one-half ounce decocted in two cups of water, one-half cup taken three or four times daily.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Long term use may impair assimilation of fat soluble vitamins, such as Vitamins A, D and E.
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