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Chaparral is a shrubby desert plant found in the southwestern U.S., Mexico and Argentina. The bush is also known as grease wood and creosote, which reference the characteristic tar-like odor the entire plant exudes after it rains.
Internal use is not recommended due to potential kidney and liver toxicity, but may be used to produce tinctures for topical applications.
Chaparral, also known as creosote bush because of the tar-like odor it exudes after a rainfall, is a perennial shrub found throughout the southwestern United States, most notably in California. The plant has also earned the nickname gobernadora, which means “governess” in Spanish, because it ensures its survival by drawing a greater share of available water away from neighboring plants. There’s little doubt that this ability has enabled one variety of this herb to survive in the Mohave Dessert for more than 11,000 years
The herb has a long history of use in fighting bacterial, viral and protozoan infections, often in combination with other appropriate botanicals. Chaparral contains several antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds, which makes the herb desirable for topical use against a wide range of skin conditions.
Not recommended for use when nursing or during pregnancy, in those with any liver disease including hepatitis, in those with kidney disease, for children under the 12.
Those with liver disease should seek advice from a qualified health care practitioner before any consumption. There have been cases of idiosyncratic non-viral hepatitis linked with this herb. Some have experienced an allergic reaction or hypersensitivity to the plant and plant resin.
|Use to make oil or water-based infusions to produce skin washes, lotions and salves.|
|culinary||Chaparral is not generally consumed internally because the taste is not well tolerated.|
|safety||Tinctures and capsules are sometimes used by experienced clinical practitioners in small doses but be aware that there is a risk of liver toxicity with this herb, especially if taken with other medicines that utilize CP450 pathways for metabolism.|
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