Chaparral leaf is typically used in topical applications but can also be tinctured, infused in oil or honey, or brewed into tea. Estimated to be one of the oldest plants on Earth, Larrea tridentata, or creosote bush, is native to desert ecosystems in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Chaparral has resinous, evergreen leaves that can be described as pungently aromatic.
Dr Sharol Marie Tilgner writes that Chaparral has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-oxident properties. It has been used for relief of arthritis, malignant growths, respiratory, digestive and urinary tract infections.
Do not use this herb during pregnancy. Internally, this herb should always be used with caution, and under the care of a qualified practitioner. If nausea, fatigue, jaundice or dark urine occur during use, discontinue.
1 oz dried leaf