Huherhetchut is a very useful plant for the Tongva.  They boil the leaves into a strong tea to relieve coughs and sore throats.  The same preparation also serves for stomachaches and diarrhea, as well as a tonic or blood purifier.

For rheumatism, the Tongva make a liniment from leaves and stems.  They also use fresh leaves to produce a poultice, which they apply on the skin for sores, insect bites, and the rash from poison oak.

The Tongva also use the plant for non-medicinal purposes. They make a mild weak tea from dried leaves to obtain a refreshing drink.  The leaves are chewed as a thirst quencher. The Tongva also smoke the dried leaves as tobacco and hang branches in the sweathouses for general purification.

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  Mario Incayawar, M.D., 2010

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