Chaparral herb also goes by the name of stinkweed, which reflects the foul smell and taste. The herb contains an antioxidant known as NGDA which can help the body to deal with a number of conditions.
The plant is native to the desert areas of Mexico and the Southwest part of the United States.
It was widely used by the Native Americans who inhabited these areas.
The herb is available in several forms, but the most popular form is the dried herb.
The dried herb can be used to make chaparral tea or infusion.
When making the tea, it is often recommended to add honey and/or lemon in order to enhance the flavor.
A tincture made from chaparral leaf can be used in creams for external applications.
The Benefits of Chaparral Herb
- It is used as a mouthwash, despite the unpleasant taste and aroma. It can destroy the bacteria that leads to tooth decay.
- Chaparral has powerful anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is a remedy often used to rid the body of parasites.
- Folk medicine uses the chaparral leaf resin as a remedy for burns.
- Chaparral tea is traditionally used to relieve respiratory problems such as bronchitis and colds. It is a natural expectorant and can help to keep the airways clear of excess mucus.
- The herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve conditions such as arthritis. It has also been used to sooth the itching of chicken pox.
- Externally, the herb has been used to heal bruises and soothe skin rashes as well as helping to heal wounds and prevent infection. It is particularly beneficial for sufferers of eczema and psoriasis.
- An infusion of the chaparral herb can be used to treat and prevent dandruff.
- Using chaparral in tea form or capsules is beneficial for digestive system problems such as diarrhea.
- It is thought to be a useful herb in fighting the symptoms of cancer and is often recommended by herbalists when cancer is diagnosed in the stomach, liver, or kidneys. This is due to the powerful antioxidant properties of the herb. Some studies have been carried out that suggest the herb may be able to inhibit tumor growth.
- The antioxidant properties of NGDA may be beneficial for fighting the signs of aging and cleansing the blood. The antioxidant action may be beneficial for gout sufferers.
- Chaparral supplements may have a positive effect on circulation.
Chaparral Herb Precautions and Side Effects
The strength of the herb makes it unsuitable for very young children. Older children or the elderly can use the herb safely but should begin with a mild preparation and build the strength as necessary.
It is not recommended for those with kidney problems, as prolonged use and high dosages could have a negative effect. Due to the powerful effects of chaparral preparations, it is important to seek medical advice before use.
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