Chaparral is an evergreen shrub, from 3 to 10 feet tall, that is native to desert areas of the southwest United States. The 1/2 inch lance-shaped leaves grow on opposite sides of the stem and excrete a sticky resin that is extremely bitter. The yellow, 5-petal flowers are about an inch in diameter. Chaparral smells like creosote and is associated with the smell of rain in areas with large stands growing.
History and Folklore:
Chaparral is one of the oldest plants on earth. Some stands in the Mojave desert are over 11,000 years old. It is also very resiliant; it was on of the first plants to emerge in the Yucca Flats after the atomic bomb tests in 1962. The American Indians used Chaparral Internally to help treat diabetic ulcers. Salves of Chaparral was also supposedly used to treat sores, including herpes cold sores.
Cultivation and Harvest:
Wear gloves and long sleeves when harvesting Chaparral. Harvest the stems, leaves, and flowers from young plants in the spring. Cut into small pieces to dry and store in an airtight container. Harvest roots in the fall, also cutting into small pieces to dry.
Toxic in large doses over long time periods. If you have a reaction to it, stop use immediately. Take time off from use for as long as you use it. For example, 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. Do not use in people with liver problems.
Traditional Herbal Actions:
Antimicrobial, Anti-inflamatory, Astringent, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antiparasitic, Anticancer
Greasewood, Creosote Bush, Gobernadora
Tincture Ingredients: Chaparrel (Larrea tridentata)
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