4.5 - 7.5
Extracted essential oil, leaves and roots
Yucca is native to North America and is mostly found in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico.
Yucca can be grown from seed, root cuttings or through suckers. Yucca is found growing on sand dunes, waste ground and pine forests along the coastal plain. Yucca prefers well-drained, sandy soil and grows in nutritionally poor soil. It can grow in full sun or partial-shade and can tolerate drought.
Yucca is a short to medium-sized evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 3 ft (1 m). Yucca is in bloom from July through August, producing a tall flower spike with pendulous yellowish-white flowers that are edible. Alternate names include Adam´s Needle and Spoonleaf Yucca.
Traditionally, Native Americans used yucca leaves in treatments of skin lesions, inflammation and sprains. Research suggests that yucca extract may be useful in the prevention of blood clots, due to the compound resveratrol. A tea is made from the root to treat arthritis (rheumatism), asthma and headaches. Yucca extract is also used to treat colitis (colin inflammation), gout, hypertension (high blood pressure), migraines, ulcers, wounds, high LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) as well as kidney, liver and gallbladder disorders.
Yucca seems safe when taken short-term. The herb may cause stomach upset, bitter taste, nausea and vomiting.
Medicinal herbs could react adversely to prescription drugs. Always consult your physician before you start an herbal regiment.