Chaparral Leaf: (Larrea mexicana)
Uses: Chaparral has been known to be used for such ailments as cancer and arthritis. Native Americans used the young twigs to help with toothaches and as a poultice of the leaves for chest complaints and skin problems. It helps to cleanse the lower bowels and helps tone the peristaltic muscles. It purifies the blood and cleanses the liver and kidneys.
It can be found on nearly every continent in small patches. North America, South America, South Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe and even Australia. It seems to do best in hot, arid areas.
Uses: Antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, ordontalgic, tonic, depurative, astringent, anti-arthritic, anti-rheumatic, anti-scrofulous, emetic (in large doses), anti-venomous