Chaparral Leaf / Larrea tridentata
Actions: Alterative, blood purifier, antibiotic, antifungal, antiseptic, parasiticide, expectorant, antitumor, diuretic.
Using the Herb: This is one of the best herbs one can use against bacteria, viruses, and parasites. I also feature this herb in my anti-fungal salve. I had athlete's foot for about six weeks and went through two tubes of conventional cream before I decided to make an herbal salve. I have no idea why it took so long for me to make it... I suppose I still heard the whispers of mother culture telling me that an herbal remedy couldn't possibly be as potent. The salve worked in three days. Herbal medicine often is slow and gentle in its work but sometimes it's so much more effective.
In addition to other uses, chaparral also helps to take drugs out of the system, especially LSD. I'm so intrigued by this and want to read more research about why it works in this way.
Finally, it tastes incredibly strong. Astringent doesn’t even begin to describe it! For that reason I personally am going to stick to using it externally and use other herbs internally for now!