If you haven't already heard about this herb then I don't know where you've been. It's probably gaining popularity around the same rate that Cannabis once did..
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Yucca filamentosa Root Benefits
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Yucca Root (Yucca filamentosa)
Yucca is used from everything as an ornamental plant, to a food, to a medicine. The roots are high in a phytochemical known as saponins. The Native Americans used it as a shampoo in certain ceremonies because of this. It even contains vitamins and minerals. The root is the most popular part of the plant but they also used the leaf, flower, and fruit.
Yucca root is chalked full of vitamins A, B, and C. It also contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, and copper. These staples for our biology clearly add to its benefits. It's also part of what's though to make it very soothing to the intestinal tract. The Native Americans used it as a blood purifier. It's thought to be beneficial to bones, joints and muscles. The Natives would consume the flower as a food or snack. The leaf was made into a tea for arthritis , fever, headache, rheumatism, ulcers, and appendicitis. The fruit is considered to be a laxative.
In case you're wondering how these medicinal properties are possibly coming from a plant, and the root of one much less, growing on the side of the road, then the answer is pharmacological chemicals. Unfortunately it seems that the academic knowledge surrounding these plants is used by the drug companies in a feeble attempt to make a synthetic medicine based off original organic constituents that works better. The ignorant part in this ideology is the notion that human beings are some how more intelligent than the natural phenomenons which lead to our existence.
One of the most commonly mentioned pharmacological gems that this plant creates is called saponins. The saponins that it creates are actually a precursor to a natural and vital chemical in the human body known as cortisone. It's produced by the adrenal glands and serves several functions. This is why people use it for various forms of inflammation, arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis, colitis, and other inflammatory ailments. The natives even used it to prevent hair loss and dandruff.
Sense ancient times, people have been utilizing plants for their healing potential. Not only that, but they have come in handy in many other ways. The study of the cultural use of plants is called Ethnobotany. With much research, it becomes apparent that even in modern times, our lives would be quite in shambles without plants. From over the counter hygiene products, to the worlds most effective pain medications ( opiates ), plants make it possible.
The flower of Yucca is the official state flower of New Mexico.
I follow the general understanding that roots work best in the form of a decoction. This is nothing more than when you take the roots and boil them for a certain amount of time. As I've said time and time again, it's a good idea to add a drop of oil, and reduce the heat to low after the water comes to a boil, in order to preserve the potency. Doing so will add to the benefits you get from using the medicine. From my experience, Yucca goes well with Pau 'darco, Cinnamon, Echinacea, & Goldenseal, to name a few. These botanicals also seem to synergize very well with one another.
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