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Chaparral (Larrea tridentata)


antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, analgesic, enzyme inhibitor, antidiabetic and antitumoral

Areas of application:

Toothache due to tooth decay, wounds, burns, bruises, rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, anti-fungal, arthritis pain, respiratory diseases, lung antiseptic, venereal diseases, rheumatism, urinary tract infections, sunscreen, blood poisoning, liver disease, urethritis, stomach problems , hemorrhoids, diabetes, high blood pressure, bronchitis, to strengthen the uterus, to improve conception

Plant parts used:


Collection time:

at any time

To find:

In North America, in dry regions.


Tannins, nordihydroguajaretic acid (NDGA)


The Chaparral is an evergreen shrub that can grow 1 to 3 meters tall, sometimes even 4 meters. The stems of this plant bear resinous, small, dark green, pinnate, opposite leaves. Each leaf has 2 leaflets that converge at the base. The flowers have five yellow petals. The fruit is covered with dense white hairs.

🛑 After the use of Chaparral preparations was linked to liver and kidney damage, the use of NDGA as a food additive (antioxidant) was severely restricted in many countries.

The Chaparral is very sensitive to fire.

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