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Yerba Buena Plant Benefits: 4 Ways to Use it for Your Health

Uses |Precautions & Warnings|Side Effects|Interactions|Dosage|Key Takeaways
Yerba Buena Plant Benefits: 4 Ways to Use it for Your Health

Yerba buena is a fitting name to call a plant that possesses a lot of medicinal benefits. Yerba buena in English means “good herb,” and is closely related to mint plants. It is a relatively small plant that grows at a maximum meter in height. It has green, elongated leaves and boasts little whitish or purplish flowers. Learn more about Yerba buena plant benefits and how to use it to treat common ailments.

Uses

Yerba buena plant benefits mostly focus on analgesic or pain-relieving properties. But because of its minty scent and cooling effect, it is often included in the manufacturing of medicinal oil, soaps, and cosmetics.

Today, Yerba buena is recognized by the Department of Health as one of the 10 herbal medicines that can help cure certain diseases – most especially aches and pains.

This good herb has a lot of benefits to offer us on a practical level. The best Yerba buena plant benefits are the following.

Yerba buena can help get rid of bad breath

One of the practical Yerba buena plant benefits is its ability to get rid of bad breath. While others choose to mix it with essential oils, like tea tree oil, drinking the tea is often enough to achieve fresher breath.

It helps soothe pain

The aches that can be soothed by Yerba buena include headaches, toothache, abdominal pains, menstrual cramps, and various types of arthritis. In a study, the application of this herb in oil form was effective in treating headache. Not only does this herb possess a cooling property, it can also improve blood flow.

It helps relieve nasal congestion

It is also due to the menthol content that Yerba Buena can soothe a congested sinus. The menthol acts as an agent that helps the airflow in our nose.

It can help treat digestive problems, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, often abbreviated as IBS, is a common large intestine disease characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation.

One of the Yerba Buena plant benefits that is most appreciated is its ability to relieve abdominal pain. A study reported that individuals who have been experiencing abdominal pain (resulting from IBS) found significant relief after using Yerba Buena.

How does it work?

The pain-relieving properties and cooling sensation of Yerba Buena makes it one of the most versatile herbal plants in the country.

Precautions & Warnings

Although there are a lot of Yerba Buena plant benefits, it is still advised to follow the advice of your doctor.

Yerba Buena comes in commercially prepared oral and topical forms. For oral capsules, be sure to get the advice of your doctor. For topical solutions and patches, do not forget to do a quick skin patch test to prevent allergic reactions. Additionally, Yerba Buena plant is edible: its leaves can be included in salads and/or as an ingredient to other meals.

How safe is Yerba Buena?

Generally, Yerba Buena is safe as long you follow the recommended doses and you are under normal health condition.

As with any other herbal medicine, special precautions apply to those who take maintenance medications, have existing health conditions, and are on a strict dietary regimen. In Yerba Buena’s case, precautions are mandatory to people who have an ulcer, gastrointestinal inflammation, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or other digestive and urinary illnesses.

Yerba Buena is often not advised for young children, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers.

Side Effects

Yerba Buena as a medicinal herb can cause side effects on the digestive and urinary systems. Side effects like heartburn and constipation may be made worse if Yerba Buena is taken with alcohol.

Interactions

It also has some drug interactions. It is advised that you consult your physician.

Dosage

Yerba Buena plant benefits can be harnessed in a variety of ways. Fortunately, this herb is made more accessible and more convenient to take as it is sold commercially in the local drugstores. It is best to talk with your physician when looking for a form and dose that is well-suited for you.

There are do-it-yourself preparations that are easy to follow; however, you must always prioritize the doctor’s advice, especially if you are going to use these preparations to medicate certain symptoms.

Capsules

There are available capsules containing Yerba Buena oil that are available in pharmacies. Each capsule typically contains 0.2ml of peppermint oil. Commonly used for irritable bowel syndrome, Yerba Buena capsules can be taken 3 times a day, but it may be increased to 2 capsules. Important: the treatment must never exceed 3 months.

For gastrointestinal tract spasms, the usual dose is 10 – 40 ml per day, divided into 3 equal doses.

Patches and Solutions

Commercial patches and solutions are also available in the market; they can be applied directly over the affected area.

Tea

To drink as a tea or decoction, Yerba Buena leaves must be washed thoroughly under running water, chopped, and then crushed. Take 2 teaspoons of the crushed leaves and boil it in a cup of water over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. To relieve pain, you can drink 1 cup every 3 hours.

If you want to relieve toothaches, you can crush the washed leaves and squeeze the extract into a cotton ball. Bite the cotton ball using the aching tooth.

Leaves

For headaches, you can lightly heat the leaves and apply it over your head or temples.

What form does Yerba Buena come in?

As a common and commercially sold alternative medicine, this herb is available as:

  • Capsules
  • Teas
  • Essential oils
  • Patches
  • Solutions
  • Raw leaves

Key Takeaways

Recognized by the DOH and having multiple scientific studies to prove Yerba Buena plant benefits, this becomes the perfect herb to be grown and stocked at home.

Learn more about Herbal Medicines here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Irritable bowel syndrome – Symptoms and causes. (2018, March 17). Retrieved April 25, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20360016

Khanna R , et al. (n.d.). Peppermint oil for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis. – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved April 25, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24100754

McKay DL and Blumberg JB. (n.d.). A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.). – PubMed – NCBI. Retrieved April 25, 2020, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767798

Peppermint oil: Indication, dosage, side effect, precaution | MIMS.com Philippines. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/peppermint%20oil?mtype=generic

Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii). (n.d.). Retrieved April 25, 2020, from https://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/yerba_buena.htm

 

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated Feb 15
Expertly reviewed by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD
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