Yerba Santa is at home in the South-western mountains of North America. The Spaniards named this herb for what it is - Yerba Santa means 'holy herb'. The Western tribes had long used it for medicinal and spiritual purposes. It is especially valued as a smudging herb for healing rituals as it is thought to neutralise disease causing energies and offer protection. It is thought to bring peace and understanding and is used to heal the emotional wounds of quarrels.