Information on Yerba Mansa

Latin NameAnemopsis californica
Part UsedRhizome, Root
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb, powder.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system, Immune system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA small perennial of wet places in the Lizard's Tail family with aromatic underground roots and rhizomes, spreading by runners. The white flowers are in spikes.
DescriptionYerba mansa is a warming diaphoretic and immune-activating herb used in traditional North American medicine for colds, flu, infections, and digestive problems. The herb is pleasant-tasting, reminiscent of cinnamon, and makes a good cold and flu-preventative tea in the colder, damper months. It is used for acute and chronic gastroenteritis, for bronchitis and moist coughs, and as a wash for mouth and gum sores and laryngitis. It makes a good nasal spray for hay fever or sinusitis.

Yerba Mansa has a taste of SPICY, ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Yerba Mansa

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Catarrhimmune activatingtincture, tea
Infectionsimmune stimulanttincture
Gum problems, generalantiseptictea as a mouthwash
Fluimmune-stimulatingtincture, tea


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