Yerba Santa means ‘holy herb’ in Spanish. Historically it has been used by Native American cultures to cure a range of ailments from coughs and colds, to asthma and bruises. It was also used in traditional smudging practices and rituals to increase a person’s connection with a higher power, as it works to open the crown chakra.
The Spanish missionaries came across this herb when they went to California and it quickly became revered by Spanish Priests for its ability to heal the body and spirit, as well as increase psychic awareness. It has also been regularly used as an altar offering which is said to provide spiritual protection for the home.