Chaparral, also known as creosote bush, is an herb with numerous medicinal benefits. It possesses a strong smell similar to creosote or larrea divaricata. Chaparral is commonly found in large quantities across the desert areas of Bolivia, the Northern Mexico, Argentina, and the Southern United States as well. The medium-sized bush, with dark green leaves and yellow flowers, grows to up to 6 meters in height. As a matter of fact, the chaparral products that are sold by health stores are usually made from the twigs and leaves of the plant.
Chaparral has shown to be effective in treating a variety of health issues, including arthritis, kidney stones, respiratory disorders, and stomach upset. The herb is believed to contain amazing antioxidant properties which are effective in protecting against various health conditions and help delay certain signs of aging.
In fact, according to some studies, chaparral is a potent natural antibacterial agent which is effective in treating infections as well as cuts and injuries. It is also a component used in making natural teas for weight loss and is used for deodorant purposes.
Now, let’s take a closer look at the health benefits of chaparral.
Owing to its anti-inflammatory properties, chaparral has shown to be effective in the treatment of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism as well as for the treatment of some inflammatory skin conditions. However, it is important to note that there is no evidence to support its efficacy in this regard.
Detoxifies the Liver
Chaparral has potent antioxidant properties which may be effective in cleansing the blood and delaying cellular decay. Regularly consuming a cup of chaparral tea or in any other supplementary forms may help fight off the damage resulting from the activities of free radicals and protect the body against diseases. Sadly, there are certain reports that chaparral may, in fact, have the opposite effect and cause liver damage.
Aids in Digestion
Promotes Oral Hygiene
For people with dental problems or oral infections, chaparral is an amazing treatment option due to its ability to eliminate oral bacteria which results in tooth decay and gum disease. Chaparral solution can be directly applied to the affected spots of the mouth or sufferers can simply gargle with it. The aroma and smell of chaparral may not be palatable to everyone so you can follow up with a menthol mouthwash to eliminate of any unpleasant aftertaste.
For people considering alternative cancer treatments, it is likely that they will come across a mention of chaparral. While chaparral is purported to treat cancer, there is little to no conclusive evidence that the herb works beyond anecdotal evidence claimed by patients and doctors.
However, if chaparral actually works, there is no expert consensus as to the mechanisms it employs. But many experts are of the opinion that its effectiveness is due to its NDGA content. NDGA is an antioxidant which is believed to protect tissue and cellular damage caused by an exposure to carcinogens.
Treats Bacterial Infections
One very important benefit of chaparral is its ability to treat a number of infections including internal infection and bacterial skin infections as well as dandruff. The herb is a potent treatment for staph infections but its effectiveness is dependent upon the type of staph and how chronic the condition is.
In treating a staph infection, fill a basin or bowl with a chaparral tea solution and soak the infected area. If the infected area of the skin is not easy to soak, try making a hot compress instead and apply directly.
Chaparral can also prove useful in treating minor cuts and wounds. Consuming chaparral tea or taking it in oral forms can help alleviate stomach issues resulting from bacterial infections.
Alleviates Respiratory Conditions
When taken in the form of tea, chaparral can be effective in alleviating respiratory problems such as bronchitis and colds as well as sinus infections. The herb contains expectorant and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in clearing the airways and reducing the accumulation of mucus.
Treats Fungal Infections
People who suffer from a skin fungal infection such as jock itch can apply a solution of chaparral to help treat the problem. In addition to containing powerful antibacterial properties, chaparral is also a potent natural antifungal herb. It is believed to be effective in the treatment of toenail fungus when you soak your feet and toes in a bowl of chaparral tea or by simply applying a tincture to the affected areas.
Side Effects and Precautions
Evidently, chaparral contains a variety of health benefits. However, it is important to point out that the herb has some serious safety concerns regarding the use of chaparral, particularly as it is believed to have some damaging effect on the liver.
- Due to how powerful the herb is, it is not recommended for very young children.
- Older kids, as well as the elderly, can make use of the herb without encountering a problem, but an initial a mild dose is advised to ascertain how the body handles it.
- High dosages and a prolonged use of the herb could cause an adverse effect and so it is not recommended for people who are suffering from kidney problems. Owing to the strong effects of chaparral, it is advisable to consult a healthcare provider before using the herb.