The Yucca plant is a desert plant that grows in the Southwestern part of the United States and in Mexico. Its root is similar to the potato with skin like the bark of a tree. Because of the steroid saponin in the root, it is used as a gentle foaming cleanser. However, it also has other uses and health benefits.

Consume Yucca Root as you would a potato. Bake the Yucca Root in the oven and substitute it for potatoes in recipes to increase your intake of Vitamins C, B and A as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. You can find Yucca Root in many health or natural food stores and at some grocery stores.

Use Yucca Root powder, which contains pure dry Yucca Root extract, by mixing it with water, yogurt and smoothies or in juice as you would protein powder. The Yucca Root powder contains the saponins that are used as an effective anti-inflammatory and to reduce muscle spasms, which brings relief to arthritic pain.

Take Yucca Root in a pill form to treat joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, colitis and osteoporosis. This supplement has also been known to give you extra energy, too.

Drink Yucca Root tea to purify the blood and cleanse the colon.

Apply Yucca Root to your hair as a gentle shampoo. You can purchase shampoo made of Yucca Root from many natural or health food stores online or make the shampoo yourself. Yucca Roots have been used by Native American tribes for years to prevent hair loss and dandruff while making hair shiny and beautiful.