Beautanicals Herb Nursery


Chaparral - Dry Herb

Chaparral - Dry Herb Image

Parts Used: Leaves, stem.

Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antitumor, Antiviral, Antiparasitic, Bitter Tonic, Diuretic, Expectorant, Immune Stimulant, Laxative.

Internal Uses: Acne, Cancer, Constipation, Leukemia, Melanoma, Parasites, Staphylococcus, Strep Throat, Toxemia, Tumors, Venereal Disease, Worms
Internal Applications: Tea (it tastes terrible, so only for the very brave, but do not boil!) Tincture, Capsules

Chaparral has been used for its ability to inhibit respiration in some cancer cells. It increases the levels of ascorbic acid in the adrenal glands. It has been used as a preservative to prevent rancidity in oils.

Topical Uses: Cavities, Dandruff, Eczema, Herpes, Rheumatism, Scabies, Warts
Topical Applications: Branches have been cooked in oil and strained so that the oil can be massaged into rheumatic limbs. Steam from burning branches is inhaled in sweat lodges. As a mouthwash, it has been used to prevent cavities. Chaparral is also made into liniments, salves and compresses. Also used as a bath herb and as a hair rinse for dandruff. Topical uses also include eczema, herpes, scabies, warts and snake bites.

Energetics: Salty, Bitter, Cool, Dry.
Chemical Constituents: Nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA), resins, flavonoids, essential oils, saponins. Chaparral does not contain creosote.

Contraindications: Avoid during pregnancy. Excess use may be detrimental to the liver (although this is yet unproven), kidneys and lymphs. Use only with the recommendation from a qualified health practitioner. There have been several reported cases of liver toxicity from using Chaparral. Its safety is still being questioned, although it does have a long history of use.

Comments: Chaparral's extremely bitter taste prevents animals from grazing upon it and it does not burn easily. It is regarded as one of the most adaptable of all the United States desert plants as it grows in depleted soil and can survive for long periods of time without rainfall. It was one of the first plants to grow back after the 1962 nuclear bomb test at Yucca Flats.

Due to exorbitant overseas postage costs, the dried herbs can only be posted within Australia.

This herb has been imported and has not been grown by us.