Chaparral (Larrea tridentata) is a hardy desert plant found primarily in Mediterranean climate regions including Mexico, the Southwestern US, South America, South Africa, and Australia. Chaparral comprises over 20 species which survive the extreme conditions of desert life, as well as living long lives of over 10,000 years old.
Also commonly known as the creosote bush, chaparral has been used traditionally by Native Americans for its strong antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
This chaparral is wildcrafted and natural from the deserts of Mexico. It contains a powerful substance known as NDGA (nordihydroguararetic acid). The active ingredients are found in the leaves. Chaparral has also been noted for its ability to ease arthritic pain, and contains potent antioxidants which act throughout the body to help reduce inflammation.
Chaparral is considered by many to be one of the most strong and effective antioxidants available in nature. This is because chaparral contains a powerful antioxidant called nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA). NDGA is a strong and effective resource for the body as a free-radical scavenger and protective agent. Many believe that NDGA is what helps to give the chaparral bush such a long life.
Chaparral has been shown to help improve the function of the adrenal glands. It does this by increasing the vitamin C levels in the glands. It is important to have enough vitamin C in the body, as vitamin C can help to reduce inflammation, improve stress responses, and boost the immune system.
Here are just a few more of chaparral’s qualities:
-Strong blood purifier, due to its high sulfur content
*We suggest drinking chaparral as a tea made with cold water. Boiling water damages the essential nutrients in chaparral and can make the tea too strong and detoxifying.
Here is how to make a cold infusion, as well as how to use chaparral as a mouthwash and insect repellant:
--- Make a cold infusion of Chaparral by placing about a half a cup of Chaparral leaves in a quart jar. Fill the jar with room temperature water. Cover and let sit on counter overnight. Pour off tea in the morning and drink throughout the day. You can reuse the herbs several times. To make an even higher antioxidant drink, use this cold tea as a base for a smoothie, elixir or tonic made with raw Cacao or other superherbs such as Chuchuhuasi, Pau d’arco, Cat’s Claw, Manayupa or Guayasa.
--- Empty the contents of one bottle of Sunfood Hydrogen Peroxide into a non-reactive bowl, and soak 2 Tablespoons of Chaparral leaves overnight. The next day, strain and discard the Chaparral leaves. Pour the Hydrogen Peroxide back into its spray bottle. This Chaparral-infused Super H202 can now be used as a mouth wash to help prevent cavities.
--- Chaparral tea can also be used as a wonderful insect repellant or refreshing skin spray.
*Chaparral is a powerful, medicinal herb. Long term use of chaparral is not recommended and excessive use may result in stomach upset. We recommend consulting with your health care practitioner before using chaparral or any strong herbs or supplements. If you have or may have had kidney or liver disease seek advice from a health professional before use. Discontinue use if you experience nausea, fever, fatigue or jaundice (dark urine, yellow discoloration of eyes).
|Country of Origin||Mexico|
|Ingredients||Wild crafted Chaparral|
|Specifications||Sustainably-grown, Vegan, Raw, Wild-crafted, Pesticide-free|
|Storage||Store in air-tight container in a cool, dry place.|
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<SUNFOOD Moderator> - Please keep in mind this is a Medicinal Tea, and not meant for pure enjoyment of the flavor. (Posted on 11/10/13)
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