What is Chaparral?
Chaparral, also known as Larrea tridentata,
or Greasewood (because of its oily leaves) or
Creosote (not what is used for wood treatment)
What You Need to Know About Mother Earth's Sacred Remedy
You probably already know that Mother Earth has provided us with everything we need.
Those weeds that grow in our yard, along the roadside, in the wooded forest
and everywhere in between .... they all have medicinal properties.
Chaparral is one the oldest living plants, 11,700 years old, and has been used by Southwest Natives for centuries, who used it for everything from the internal aliments to topical skin treatments, including sunscreen for themselves and their animals.
Traditionally, it has also been used as a bath or liniment to relieve the inflammation and pain of arthritis and is sometimes used in combination with other plants. The properties of Chaparral far exceed that of many other plants.
The Chaparral plant only opens its underside part of their leaves in the mornings in order to retain water. During this time the humidity is higher and loss of water is low. The plant literally shuts down as the sun gets higher and hotter.
Because of its ability to retain water, which it can go without for up to two years, it always faces Southeast. Its branches and leaves grow in a cone shape to capture as much morning sun as possible. In desert conditions, it's not water that limits growth, but sunlight.
Their cones shape allows water to channel down the stems so the rain water goes into the center of the plants where the roots can absorb more water. This unusual medicinal herb has the ability to secure more water by inhabiting the growth of plants that grow near it.
Many microbial algae, fungi and bacteria live on the plant giving it additional nutrients when the rainwater flows over it and into the soil. This allows the plant to have an advantage over other plants in the desert because it nourishes the plant with phosphorus and nitrogen not found in regular rainwater.
The powerful antioxidant found in Chaparral is Nordihydroguaiaretic acid, or NDGA, which it produces for its own protection. Recent research has found promise in the ability of this plant to reduce cancerous tumors among other benefits.
If you have ever hiked after the rain, this is what you smell: the Chaparral, or Creosote Bush. This results from its many volatile oils like terpene, limonene, camphor, methanol and other spice fragrances.
The Chaparral bush takes over and thrives in the Desert by slowly overtaking ecosystems like grass and shrubs. It sends out its roots to create new plants, thus keeping the community of plants close. At first it was thought that that the runners from one plant to the next secreted a chemical that would not allow other plants, except low lying grasses and small cacti, to grow. However, new research has shown that those runners actually suck up the water from rain and dew to nourish the plant and provide water to the roots.
Chaparral plant has encountered so many harsh environments and adapted
to more challenges than one can imagine, which is why it has survived for
thousands of years.
The properties of Chaparral far exceed that of many other plants. And, it grows in abundance where we wild-craft it in our back yard in the Verde Valley of Northern Arizona. It also occupies thousands of miles of Desert from California to New Mexico, Arizona to Mexico.
Sweet and Sacred Mother Earth,
we are grateful to you.
You, who is a living, breathing, conscious entity.
Oh Goddess of Wisdom, we thank you for blessing us
with herbs from the land.
Bless our Sacred Journey on this Earth, your exquisite masterpiece.
We honor your life sustaining blessings as stewards of your land,
with reverence toward all living things.
more about Chaparral
from tissue injury, inflammation or irritation can be debilitating,
you can enjoy the fragrance many have come to enjoy as the smell
of the desert after it rains.
that's not all this amazing plant is known for.
being pain free so that you can focus on your life,
Money Back Guarantee
information provided on this site is for informational purposes
only and is not considered medical advice.
has been used for centuries by indigenous tribes and deemed safe.