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.
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.
It also has some drug interactions. It is advised that you consult your physician.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Essential oils
- Raw leaves
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.
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