Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Medicinal Properties: Native Americans used the root of this plant mostly for soap and for food. They believed if you rinse your hair with a tea made from yucca root, it will stop your hair from going gray (no scientific evidence has proven this).
How to Use: For a hair rinse, make a strong tea with 2 tsp dried, ground root to 1 C. water. Steep for 5-10 minutes, let cool and use as a hair conditioner.
Parts Used: Root
Growing: Yucca grows wild in the South and Southwest. Many people in this area use them as an ornamental plant.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.