Falling in love with the Spanish Dagger or Mojave Yucca @junipermoonsanctuary . I knew the Yucca was revered for it's spiritual wisdom and practical fibers but I had no idea the potential it has to heal trauma and trauma related illnesses. Maybe this is why warriors would be washed in it when returning home. Here's some info I have begun to collect: 🌵🌑💕It's scraped and pounded roots, mixed with boiling water, made it popular soap plant among ancient Americans. The shampoo, or amole, is said to prevent hair loss and dandruff. Medicinally it's been used for headaches, bleeding, gonorreah, and arthritis. It contains steroidal saponins which are known to be anti-arthritic bc of their anti-protozoal activities. These prevent nitric oxide increasing in the body which is an inflammatory agent also associated with gut inflammations. and polyphenolics such as, resveratrol and yuccaol, which are also anti inflammatory, containing anti-oxidants and free radical scavengers and agents that block oxygen related inflammatory responses.
The young leaves were used in construction to tie beams together when building homes. Their fibers were also used to make a strong rope, footwear, bowstrings, netting, brushes, basketry, textiles for uses like saddle blankets, and mats. Leaves were soaked to a pulp like consistency that is marked when the top layer of flesh dissolves. After burying these fibers in dirt to make them white and then combed out. Water and hand labor were then employed to bind and thread fibers together like a rope.
During the spring the ivory white flowers and fruit pods, ninyli, could be roasted and eaten and the black seeds, collected and pound to make flour. The seeds were also used to make animal toys.
I will undoubtably be sharing more about this plant in the future.... #yuccavalley #desertqueens #desertlife #antiinflammatory #saponins #antiarthritic #yucca #mojaveyucca #yuccaschidigera #spanishdagger #freeradicalscavenger #nitricoxide #phenolic #droughttolerant #fibers #mamoonapothecary #naturalshampoo #folkmedicine #plantmedicine #joshuatreenationalpark #ethnobotany #naturalmedicine #alchemy #nativecaliforniaplants #steroidalsaponins