Yucca spp

Other names: Yucca glauca (Eastern) Yucca brevifolia (Western), Soap-tree, Soapweed, Soapwell, Soap Root, and Adam’s Needle.

Medicinal Uses for Yucca Root

The medicinal parts are the leaves and the roots of non-flowering plants. The main medicinal agents are saponins, which have a soapy consistency.

Yucca RootNative American tribes used the leaves of the yucca for treating numerous conditions, including psoriasis, dandruff, hair loss, skin sores and inflammation, including joint inflammation due to rheumatism and arthritis. Native Americans used yucca as a soap as it had a lathering effect.

Tribes of the Southwest use the yucca’s leaves to make yucca root shampoo and soap and other hygiene related items, including dental floss. In northern New Mexico, healers use a tea brewed from yucca leaves to treat asthma and headaches.

Even more recently, research suggests that yucca leaf extract may be useful in preventing blood clots.

Yucca root is a therapeutic anti inflammatory phytosterol with the ability to break up inorganic mineral obstructions and deposits.

Its primary uses are in pain relieving combinations for arthritic and joint pain, and sediment caused by inflammation such as gout, rheumatism, and cystitis.

It is also used to establish a flora balance in the GI tract and for asthmatic relief. Yucca root may have a laxative effect. Raw flowers are edible.

Folk medicine: The plant is used for liver and gallbladder disorders.

How to Use Yucca Root?

Use Yucca Root Powder by mixing it with water, yogurt and smoothies or in juice. The Yucca Root powder consists of the saponins that are employed as an effective anti-inflammatory and also to decrease muscle spasms, which delivers relief to arthritic pain. Yucca root tea effectively treats inflammation, joint pain, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and much more!

The saponins in Yucca are a precursor of natural cortisone normally produced by the adrenal glands. This makes it a popular remedy for all kinds of inflammation, such as arthritis, rheumatism, bursitis, colitis, and other inflammatory conditions. Yucca is also used as a blood cleanser; today, often in the form of Yucca Root Tea.

Culinary Uses

Eat yucca! Other names for culinary yucca are manioc or cassava. Just 1/2-cup cooked contains more than 2 milligrams of iron. That is 11 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for women and 25 percent for men. Because it also contains large amounts of vitamin C (almost 21mg) the iron is much easier to absorb.

Also called cassava, casava and manioc, yucca root can be peeled and cooked like a potato or used as a thickening ingredient. Good-quality yucca root will be long, firm, and have thick, rough-skin with medium to dark-brown coloring. Avoid Yucca Root that is soft or has soft spots.

The vitamin C in yucca does more than help contribute to your iron stores. It is also a powerhouse vitamin that has been shown to help prevent heart disease, cancer and age-related conditions such as cataracts. Vitamin C plays a big role in forming collagen, the fibrous protein that keeps skin supple.

Yucca is high in vitamins A, B, and C, and contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and copper which make it very soothing to the intestinal tract. The plant provides nutritional support to the structural system (bones, joints, muscles).


No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages. Intake can lead to stomach complaints because of the saponin content.

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