Chaparral Plant

Health Benefits of Chaparral

Scientific name: Larrea divaricata

Part used: Leaves

 Chaparral is an herb that has been used for centuries by Native American healers. Chaparral is one of the best herbal antibiotics that are useful against bacteria, viruses, and parasites, both internally and externally.

The leaf and twigs of the plant is the part used as herbal tea, extract and poultice.

Health Benefits of Chaparral:

  • Chaparral greatest ability is to move the lymphatic system, this helps to draw toxic chemicals and harmful drugs out of the cells.
  • Good blood purifier.
  • Contains powerful antioxidant that protects against the formation of tumors, cancer cells, and over-exposure to sunlight.
  • Protects against harmful effects of radiation.
  • Has an anti-HIV activity.
  • Help remove boils and abscesses.
  • Helps to improve liver function.
  • Very cleansing to the urinary system.
  • Has a strong anti-inflammatory effect.
  • Helpful against athlete’s foot, nail fungus, ringworm and vaginal yeast infections.
  • It is applied to wounds as an antiseptic.
  • It is applied to the scalp as a hair tonic and for dandruff. It also makes a good hair rinse.
  • A liniment made from chaparral or a bath made by soaking the leaves in the water is used for rheumatism. Also excellent for gout.
  • Use as remedy against poisonous bites including snakebites.

Preparation and dosage:

  • Tea: Steep the leaf and/or twigs in hot water for 5-15 minutes. Take 6 oz 3 times daily.
  • Tincture: Take 10-20 drops 3 times daily.

 Note: Chaparral is very bitter and is usually mixed with other herbs or taken in tincture form. Pau d’ arco (Tabebuia heptaphylla), also called lapacho or taheebo, has similar antibiotic and anti-cancer properties, but is less harsh than chaparral.


  • Heavy users of drugs, including caffeine and alcohol, may experience headaches and nausea when using chaparral as a blood purifier. Always seek professional advice.
  • People who have kidney or liver problems should consult a professional herbalist before using chaparral.
  • Person who has undergone chemotherapy or other type of drug therapies should seek an herbalist advice before taking chaparral because taking this herb may cause nausea or other types of side effects as it releases those substances from the tissues into the blood stream.

“This post was originally published on July 10, 2012 @ 03:14”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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