|Yaupon, yaupon holly, Ilex vomitoria Ait.,
Aquifoliaceae, was used in ritual healing by numerous First People
nations. A decoction of the roasted leaves was used to make one
vomit (emetic). It was used to purge and clear out organ
systems. Used to help older people sleep by quelling their
nightmares, talking in sleep and restlessness. It is considered
The long straight branches used to make ramrods for flintlock guns and arrows.
Berries are toxic.
|The tree makes an excellent ornamental, grown in lawns from
east to west across the state of Texas.
DYES: The leaves and berries can be used to make dyes: ripe red berries make a red dye in a mordant of alum. Use on wool and infuse color in sun. Also, sun dye wool with leaves and alum to yield tan dye. Grays can be achieved with leaves in water with iron and or copper.