The healthy effects of the Yucca herb have been known and used by generations of native American Indians. The yucca has been used by them to treat a wide array of health disorders such as dandruff, skin sores, inflammation and even hair loss.
The yucca is a species of perennials, shrubs, and trees that belong to the agave family Agavaceae. The yucca is distinctive for its rosettes of evergreen, stiff, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal clusters of white or whitish flowers. The yucca plant is widely cultivated as decorative plants in gardens. The plant also bears edible parts, including fruits, seeds, flowers, stems and roots.
The yucca is native to arid areas spanning the entire continent of the Americas, as well as the West Indies.
The most active constituent of the yucca is its saponins, which are usually soluble in both fat and water. The saponins in the yucca are bitter to taste and have an irritating property. They are derived from steroids. Research suggests that these saponins are a precursor to cortisone, which inhibit the release of toxins from the intestines that restrict the growth of cartilage. As a result, the potentials of yucca in the treatment of such diseases as arthritis and other soft tissue inflammatory diseases are enhanced.
To derive the health properties of the yucca plant, yucca tea can be prepared by boiling ¼ ounce of the yucca root in a pint of water for 15 minutes. Three to five cups of the yucca tea may be taken daily. But if this dosage leads to loose bowel movement, the quantity of the roots in the yucca tea may be reduced.
The following are a few health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help fight osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Could help combat various types of inflammation
- May assist in the treatment of asthma
- Said to aid in treating headaches
- Thought to help prevent blood clots
- When applied topically extracts may help fight dandruff