California Native Plants: Medicinal use of Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus var. puniceus)
The Coast Miwok placed the crushed leaves on sores and burns. The roots have been used to treat fever, dysentery, diarrhea, and to curtail hemorrhages. The Pomo have used a decoction made from Sticky Monkey Flower to treat sore, bloodshot eyes which affected many of the men and women who lived in smoky, poorly ventilated dwellings. The flowers commonly have been used to ornament Miwok wreaths and children’s hair.
Sticky Monkey flower essence treats fears around sexuality and intimacy. Sticky Monkey flower helps with repressed sexual feelings as well as bringing warmth to the experience of human sexuality. This essence helps one to integrate warmth in relationships and sexual expression.
Chumash people used Mimulus aurantiacus flowers, stems and leaves (Costanoan) to control bladder infections. Mimulus plants contain several flavonoids that may be helpful against bladder infections.