Also Known as: Creosote Bush, Stinkweed, Greasewood, Chaparro Gobernadora, and Hediondilla.
Farming Type: Wild Crafted
Now found throughout the Southwestern US, chaparral actually originated in Argentina several thousand years ago. The stems and leaves of the bush are covered with a sticky resin that screens leaves against ultraviolet radiation, reduces water loss, and poisons or repels most herbivores. This resin is used in herbal medicine and to protect wood from insects. It received its name “creosote bush” due to the smell that comes from it when it rains. Its extremely bitter taste keeps it safe from animals that would otherwise graze upon it. It is also regarded as one of the most adaptable desert plants in the world; it was one of the first to grow back in Yucca Flats after the 1962 nuclear bomb tests done there.
Chaparral contains lignans that are very similar to estrogen, giving it an effect on the skin similar to that of soy taken internally.
NOTE: Long term use of Chaparral is not recommended and excessive use may result in stomach upset. Special Warning: SEEK ADVICE FROM A HEALTH PRACTITIONER BEFORE USE IF YOU HAVE/MAY HAVE HAD KIDNEY OR LIVER DISEASE. DISCONTINUE USE IF NAUSEA, FEVER, FATIGUE OR JAUNDICE (DARK URINE, YELLOW DISCOLORATION OF EYES) SHOULD OCCUR.
In magick, Chaparral is used in rituals for purification and change. It can be used to cleanse a new home, new car or office space. It also works wonderfully in herbal talismans to bring about change in your life. If you feel that you are stuck in a rut, this little herb may be just what you need!
Keywords: Purification, Change
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