Chaparral bushes produce a special sap that prevents competing plants from taking root anywhere nearby. The plant continues to clone itself as time goes on, making it essentially immortal unless removed by an outside source. One chaparral bush in San Bernadino, CA is thought to be over 11,000 years old! Chaparral leaf is a great natural remedy for a variety of ailments. Native Americans used chaparral leaf as a blood cleanser and as a natural sunscreen. They also used it for respiratory illness, chickenpox, snakebites, and arthritis pain. Today, it is used as an alternative medicine for eczema, psoriasis, gout, colds, and bronchitis. It is an excellent herbal remedy!
Other Names: Larrea tridentata, Chaparral Bush, Creosote Bush, Greasewood.
Chaparral Leaf Properties: Blood cleanser, anti-inflammatory, digestion, antioxidant, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiparasitic.