Oyeli has a few useful medicinal properties for the Tongva.  They make a strong decoction of oyeli roots for use as an eyewash.  To relieve coughs, they also use this decoction or an infusion made from oyeli leaves. 

The Tongva also eat oyeli seeds.  In addition, they collect raw leaves and rub them on the skin as a dye for ceremonial activities.  The flowers are worn as wreaths in Spring festivals.

Orthocarpus purpurascens

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  Mario Incayawar, M.D., 2010

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