Yerba mansa tincture uses include treating the common cold, inflammation of the mucous membranes, swollen gums, sore throat, joint pain, and more. This versatile herb is also known for having a calming effect and promoting relaxation (1). Yerba mansa was generally used by native North Americans to treat a wide assortment of ailments.
Yerba Mansa has a rich ethnobotanical history of usage amongst native cultures including the Mexican, Chumash, Shoshone, Pima, Mayo, Yaqui, Apache and basically all native and non-native peoples who lived close to the Western United States.
The plant is often said to have magical qualities that provide protection and give strength to the body, mind, and spirit. To this day many local curanderas (Mexican traditional healers) include yerba mansa in their healing formulas.
The natives were also the first people to discover the anti-inflammatory properties of the yerba mansa tincture that can be used to treat pain and swelling of arthritic joints and also for rheumatism (2).
Yerba mansa possesses antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and mildly diuretic properties. The usable parts of yerba mansa are the root and rhizome, and they are believed to have sedative effects (3). Similar to Elderberry tincture it can be administered as a tea, a tincture or dried and eaten. Yerba mansa tincture uses include being taken straight by the dropper or diluted in tea or sparkling water.
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Yerba Mansa Tincture Uses*
- Skin and throat ailments
- Bone and joint problems
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
- Common cold
- Venereal diseases
Next time you have the sniffles head to a garden. You may just find some needed relief. Yerba mansa tincture uses are best known for their role in traditional applications to perhaps ease the symptoms of the common cold.
Yerba mansa has a peppery taste and odor. The peppery aromatic root is astringent and is chewed raw for medicinal purposes. It boosts immunity to prevent illness or support the body’s natural fighting tendencies.
Yerba Mansa Tincture Uses and Benefits
1. Might have anticancer properties
You have more cancer-fighting tools at your fingertips than you realize. And they’re all found right inside your spice cabinet. Close to 200 spice-derived compounds have been identified for their health benefits.
Recent research also suggests that water, alcohol, and ethyl acetate extracts of Yerba Mansa (all plant parts, but especially the roots) inhibit the growth and migration of certain types of cancer including two breast cancer cell lines, HCT-8, and colon cancer cells (4).
2. Reduce Mucus Production
Inflammation and a buildup of mucus in the chest can cause unpleasant symptoms like wheezing, sleep difficulties, and a sore throat. Congestion is also often accompanied by a cough that brings up phlegm. Yerba mansa tincture can loosen mucus and reduce congestion and coughing.
Yerba mansa is very soothing and softens the mucous membranes of the throat and especially the lungs and stomach and at the same time cleanses any inflamed mucous membrane that needs immune system support (5).
3. Digestive Issues
Digestive issues are so common that everyone experiences them at one point or another. There are dozens of reasons why you might get a tummy ache, constipation, or gas. Most causes aren’t serious and the symptoms pass quickly. Yerba mansa is a natural inflammatory it is warming and calming to the digestion, anti-nausea, and anti-microbial to many common stomach bugs (6).
It is a supreme herb for the digestive system, eases stomach cramps and nausea, helps expel gas from the bowel and prevent fermentation in the stomach.
4. Pain Relief
Inflammation is your body’s protective response to injury or damage. It helps your natural healing and repair processes. A problem starts when your body is chronically inflamed.
Yerba mansa has anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to function as a COX-2 inhibitor in a similar way that some arthritis medications function. It may also help relieve the pain associated with headaches, arthritic inflammation, and toothache (7).
5. May Treat Venereal Diseases
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or venereal diseases are transmitted through various methods of sexual intercourse (oral, vaginal, and anal). Yerba mansa exhibits antimicrobial properties against certain bacteria. In general, the antimicrobial effects of this plant are comparatively greater on gram-positive bacteria. In some cases, yerba mansa has been prescribed in alternative medicine for the treatment of STD’s, with very promising results (8).
The standard dosage of yerba mansa tincture is anything between 30 drops to 60 drops taken as many as five times daily. It’s best taken between meals.
Alternatively, this tincture can also be diluted and used in the form of a gargle for sore throats.
Yerba Mansa Side Effects
- Yerba Masa is diuretic. Don’t use yerba mansa if you have a urinary tract problem.
- It may also cause sleepiness and drowsiness so avoid taking while driving, operating machinery, or before surgeries.
- Not enough is known about the use of yerba mansa during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
For centuries, cultures around the world have relied on traditional herbal medicine to meet their healthcare needs. Despite medical and technological advancements of the modern era, the global demand for herbal remedies is on the rise. Yerba mansa is often recommended for sinus issues, including allergies, lingering colds, and chronic congestion and sinus inflammation.