Herb of the Day: Yucca

Herb Of The Day YuccaThe word “Yucca” might bring to mind deserts in the southwest; a dry, arid climate with strange pointy plants growing among cacti.  Native to Mexico and the southwestern region of the US, yucca has a rich history and over 40 varieties in North America.  This plant was used for many years by Native healers and is now used by herbalists as well.  Yucca is not the same as the yuca plant (also known as cassava). These are very different plants with vastly different properties and uses! Generally, it is the root of the Yucca plant that is prized by herbalists, other parts of the plant are found in cooking and decoration.  The extremely sharp leaves are sometimes used to pierce meat for cooking over the fire or hanging to dry.

Traditional Uses

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Gout
  • Blood Purifier
  • Detoxification

Yucca as a soap?

Due to its high saponins content, yucca has been used as a soap by many Native cultures.  When the root is ground and mixed with water, it will foam and resemble soap.  The mixture is then either used alone or mixed in with premade shampoo or soaps.   This has been used for both the body and the hair.  Topical use of yucca has been said to benefit dandruff, heal sores on the skin, and even reverse baldness.

The Plant

Yucca is native to the southwestern part of North America.  It is now cultivated worldwide.  Most species of yucca grow approximately 1-6 feet tall with long sword-shaped leaves.  It is an easy plant to grow and requires little care.  Yucca thrives in warm, dry climates and is often found in coastal canyons and inland deserts.  Beautiful flowers grow on yucca for a few short months in the summer.  As a low maintenance and beautiful plant, yucca has become popular for use in home gardens and decoration in public places.

TriLight Health and Yucca

We use Yucca in Scout OutScout Out

Scout Out is our best selling “antibiotic tonic.”   Customers love it for deep colds, the flu, coughs and more.

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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