Yucca Spikes a Healthy Interest


Did you know that a substance found in fresh flowers from the yucca plant combats some strains of melanoma in test tube studies and in mice? Although the effectiveness of yucca with human melanoma has yet to be proven, this often overlooked ornamental shrub is medicinally useful in a number of ways.

Plants of the genus Yucca are native to the Mojave Desert in the American Southwest. Also known as soap tree or soap root, yuccas were helpful to early settlers who learned from the First Nations people of the region that the steroidal saponins in yucca root (not to be confused with cassava, or yuca root) make an effective foaming shampoo or soap.

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