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Healthy Habits; Chaparral


Chaparral:  This flowering, desert shrub thrives in Mexico and in the Southwestern U.S., such as in the Mojave & Sonora Deserts. Chaparral’s small leaves are said to have a tarlike smell, thus it has gained the nicknames greasewood and creosote bush. However, its tiny, yellow, spring blooming flowers are said to have a much more pleasant fragrance.


Chaparral is an excellent herb to help you with detoxing your body, due to its effectiveness in encouraging lymphatic drainage. It has been used in traditional medicine for centuries and treats many ailments. Native Americans made tea from the leaves to treat pain, rheumatism, skin disorders and more. Some tribes tell that it is the very first plant to ever have been created.

Here are some of the many possible healing qualities of chaparral:

  • boosts the immune system
  • antiviral, antibacterial
  • natural analgesic (pain relieving/anti-inflammatory/anti-swelling)
  • helps balance pH (acid/alkaline balance)
  • antimicrobial, antifungal
  • stimulates healthy circulation
  • stimulates bile production for healthy digestion
  • anti-oxidant
  • heals sores/wounds
  • treats respiratory conditions
  • urinary tract infections

The small, waxy leaves can be made into teas, extracts, tinctures and topical preparations such as liniments. You may want to purchase one of these already prepared or make them yourself. You can purchase chaparral in capsule form. You can also purchase the leaf in powdered form and use it to make any of the abovementioned preparations or even fill your own gelatin capsules/make your own at home.

This is not an herb that you can take continuously for internal purposes. It is not recommend that you take any herbs continuously, but especially not this one. There are some counterindications, such as for those with liver conditions; although chaparral is a liver supporting herb.

I cannot, and do not give medical advice; I only point toward possible natural remedies. Please ALWAYS do your research before trying any herb and discuss it with your health practitioner, especially if you are currently taking pharmaceutical medications.

Chaparral is an excellent herb for treating skin conditions. Liniments, salves, balms and poultices made with it can be applied topically to not only treat common skin ailments like eczema & psoriasis, but also can help clear away tumors, abscesses, boils and cysts.

   Be Well and God Bless You.

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