(Yucca baccata, Y. glauca) aka - Spanish Dagger, Soapweed
This plant has a rich history in the Southwest, primarily among the many American Indian tribes of the area who used it for everything, from making clothing to its varied medical applications. Yucca’s root has a high content of natural ‘saponins,’ natural substances similar to steroids such as cortisone. Yucca reduces inflammation in the joints and so is primarily used for arthritic and rheumatoid conditions. Testing further reveals it to be a hormonal material, a steroid. The adrenal hormone, cortisone is a steroid. Yucca acts upon the good intestinal bacteria (intestinal flora), which help with the digestion of food and prevents harmful bacteria, the cause of disease, from flourishing. Yucca’s roots also make an excellent shampoo and soap - when chopped up in water, it foams into a natural lather and is an effective soap substitute.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Yucca may provide relief for:
• Blood Impurities
• Joint Pain
- Properties: Alterative, Anti-bacterial, Anti-rheumatic, Astringent, Blood Purifier, Purgative (gentle) Primary nutrients: Calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, Vitamins A, B-Complex, and C