Information on Yucca

Latin NameYucca spp.
Other NamesOur Lord's Candle, Spanish Bayonet
Part UsedRoot
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk powder.
AffectsBlood, Immune system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA desert shrub with a dense whorls of sharp, rigid lance-shaped leaves. The flowering stalk full of large, fragrant, cream-colored flowers is produced irregularly.
DescriptionYucca is said to reduce joint inflammation, and the powdered herb in capsules is used by arthritis and rheumatism sufferers. It has also been indicated for gout and constipation. When chopped up in water, it becomes a sudsing agent and may be used as a substitute for soap or shampoo.

Yucca has a taste of SWEET, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Powder1-2 capsules 2-3 x daily
Decoction1 cup 1-2 x daily
Tincture1 dropperful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Yucca

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Arthritisantiinflammatorycapsule, tablet, tincture
Goutanti-inflammatorytincture, capsule, tea


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