Chaparral / Creosote Bush in Bloom
Nature's Detergent
Chaparral in bloom

    Nature's Detergent for the Body
                 by Ingri Harkins

    The Cure-All: Chaparral (Larrea Tridentata)

    Chaparral is one of the best non-toxic blood purifiers on earth.
    The history of chaparral dates back to ancient Indian times when
    medicine men administered chaparral tea brewed from the leaves
    of the desert creosote bush.

    The Shoshone Indians used chaparral tea as a cold remedy, a
    diuretic and a venereal aid. The Papago Indians used chaparral
    both internally and externally. It was considered a universal remedy
    for stiff joints, festering sores, poisonous bites and menstrual
    cramps. The dried and powdered leaves were used on a newborn
    infant's navel to promote healing and a tea of the leaves was applied
    externally to the mother's breasts to stimulate the flow of milk.

    The Pima Indians relied on chaparral when they needed an emetic
    to cleanse the stomach. The resourceful Pima sometimes heated
    creosote bush branch tips to obtain healing sap which they dropped
    into the cavity of an aching tooth.

    The Coahuilla Indians called chaparral a-tu-kul and drank chaparral
    tea for bowel complaints and consumption. They also gave it to
    horses suffering from distemper and colds.

    It is interesting to note that the scope of native pathology consisted
    of bowel and stomach complaints, coughs, colds, milk fevers,
    sore eyes (from fire smoke), sprains, muscle soreness, injury
    and occasional rheumatism. After white contact which included
    white man's trading items of sugar and alcohol, measles, whooping
    cough, smallpox, venereal disease and tuberculosis were introduced.

    Chaparral was an official medicament in the United States
    Pharmacopoeia from 1842 through 1942 and was listed as an
    expectorant and pulmonary antiseptic.

    Before my mother knew about other herbs for healing, our family
    used chaparral as a cure-all for whatever ailed us. The alkalinizing,
    cleansing action of chaparral could always be counted on to do the
    job of affecting a cure since most of our illnesses were caused from
    excess toxicity accumulating in our bodies. The most dramatic cure
    was when my mother developed a polyp in her uterus which was the
    size of a small lemon and the doctors who diagnosed her condition
    recommended a hysterectomy.

    She politely declined and began drinking chaparral tea and taking
    chaparral capsules in earnest. A couple months later when she
    returned to the same doctors for a pap smear and diagnosis, they
    were sure they must have made some mistake since there was not
    a trace of the original tumor and her pap smear came back totally
    normal. We have since shared the value of using chaparral with
    other women with tumors or cysts in their reproductive organs.
    All the women that have used chaparral on a daily basis for several
    weeks report back that their tumor/cyst has disappeared and are
    ever so grateful for learning about this wonderful plant.

    Chaparral is best known today as an anti-cancer agent. There are
    countless testimonies of people who have used this herb successfully
    to rid their bodies of melanomas, tumors, and most forms of cancer.
    Jason Winters Tea, a popular cancer remedy, contains chaparral as
    its number one ingredient. Winters claims that he cured his cancer
    using his proprietary formula of three herbs.

    I have often referred to chaparral as an internal detergent. I tell
    people: “So you bathe everyday but never think about giving the
    inside of your body a bath? If you do not do regular detoxing and
    internal cleansing, you are welcoming health problems into your life.”

    So how does chaparral work to reduce and eliminate malignant
    tumors and other complaints?
    The following is paraphrased from Dr. Kelly's book,
    One Answer to Cancer:

    As a blood purifier, chaparral cleanses deep into the tissues and
    assists the body in eliminating toxic debris. In our modern society
    our pancreas, liver and other tissues and organs are so congested
    with poisons from pharmaceutical medications, sprays, metallic
    poisons and other pollutants that our organs cannot carry on normal
    activity. This serves as an antagonist to the enzyme, mineral and
    vitamin metabolism in our bodies. In cancer specifically, the
    pancreatic enzymes are locked with the antagonists and are
    rendered totally ineffective. By chelating these antagonists (with
    chaparral) from the pancreatic enzymes, we find that the person's
    own cancer defenses take over and destroy the malignant tumor.
    It has also been found that chaparral works well in chelating the
    toxins and drug residues out of those who have been drug addicts.

    Fifteen years ago I was in Tempe, Arizona, working at Gentle
    Strength Food Co-op in the herb section. Many people came to our
    department for various ailments. Although we were not supposed to
    diagnose and prescribe, I couldn't help sharing with people the
    power of the creosote bush that was native to the area. One man in
    his late 20s wanted something that would help his complexion. I
    suggested that he take six chaparral capsules a day for a week and
    then take ten capsules a day after that, spread out in doses of three
    times a day. He came back after a couple weeks elated with the
    results. His complexion had improved dramatically.

    But the most significant change for him was his steady weight loss
    and increased energy level. He began sharing chaparral with all
    his family members and his mother, who had suffered from arthritis,
    was also deriving tremendous relief by taking chaparral capsules
    daily. He came in every couple weeks for more and more chaparral
    capsules to share with his friends and others who crossed his path.

    Another woman came in who was suffering terribly from poison ivy.
    I suggested she make a poultice with chaparral leaves and leave it
    on overnight. She, too, came by to thank me since the itchy rash was
    completely gone when she removed the poultice in the morning.

    Naturopath Eileen Marsh gave the following testimony:
    “I started taking two tablets of chaparral with each meal and in six
    weeks I noticed a marvelous sense of well being. I also noticed a
    little 'crick' noise I had heard in my knee when I went upstairs had
    vanished. So then I decided to take four with each meal and see the
    effect, for I always believe in being my own guinea pig. After five days
    I noticed that a warty cyst on my skin had completely flattened. I had
    been trying for at least a year to get rid of it. Now I know that it helps
    arthritis and has an effect on 'lumps' and bumps.

    “I then experimented with taking five with each meal. This made me
    feel wonderful. It made me have four to five bowel movements a day,
    so although it is not a laxative, it helps the bowel. I have a cancer
    patient who is taking 24 tablets a day, six with each meal and six
    just before retiring. It has already reduced the swollen look of his
    face and enables him to pull his ear now without pain, all in one
    week, so it does have a beneficial effect.”

    Before trying this yourself, you need to know that chaparral is
    the most powerful detoxifier I know of. Most people experience
    their skin breaking out in pimples or rashes when taking it the first
    few days. Start out slow and increase your water intake. A dear
    friend of mine who had terrible body odor and admitted to having
    taken LSD regularly over the course of a year in his youth, took a
    concentrated blood purifier whose main ingredient was chaparral.
    He experienced hallucinating at the job site and luckily trusted my
    explanation of chaparral's properties and continued to take the
    product. The first week of consumption is often an unpleasant
    experience as one can go through a period of headaches and low
    energy as the toxins surface. However, the end results are definitely
    worth the temporary, initial discomfort.

    I, personally, have known when chaparral needs to be incorporated
    into my daily regimen. After experiencing a lot of stress coupled
    with chemtrails, I knew I was due for several weeks of daily chaparral
    ingestion. Most of us do not do anything until crisis hits and it hit me
    in the form of hayfever. I immediately began to make up chaparral
    and cayenne capsules and am gratefully experiencing the benefits.

    Chaparral is very inexpensive and can be purchased in many forms
    at your local health food store. Through my many years of using and
    recommending this herb, I have found no adverse side effects. The
    FDA attempted to take it off the market in the early 1990s claiming
    that it caused damage to the liver. It has since been vindicated
    enough to be available today. The pharmaceutical industry has long
    been envious of products that grow wild in your own yard since they
    cannot patent them. As long as natural, inexpensive remedies in the
    form of herbs or weeds are growing around us, we need to learn how
    to utilize them.

    We encourage you to make chaparral a key ingredient in your own
    personal pharmacy.

    From the August, 2000 Idaho Observer:

    The Idaho Observer
    PO Box 457
    Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869
    (208) 255-2307
Antibiotic / Antiseptic
Mucous Congestion
Athlete's Foot
Blood Poisoning
Pets / Animals
Blood Purifier
Poison Ivy / Oak
Chemical Poisoning
Ring Worm
Colds and Flu
Female Discomfort
Urinary Tract
Venereal Disease
Venereal Warts
Immune System
Yeast Infection
(Creosote Bush)

Chaparral is a dwarf tree or shrub generally growing 4 - 12 feet in height. It thrives in the southwestern United States and
northern Mexico region. The resin on the leaves is a natural creosote, which is why this bush is also called the creosote bush.
The turpenes have properties similar to turpentine, which gives it a strong taste and smell.

Many refer to Chaparral as "Nature's Detergent" due to the foamy residue produced from the saponins when the leaves are
shaken in water. It is known as a "cure-all" having medicinal properties that assist in the overall well-being of the body and in
the healing of a variety of maladies.

Chaparral boosts the immune system and helps keep the body in an alkaline state that allows it to naturally fight against
infection, microbic invaders and many forms of dis-ease. It is generally used as a tea that allows it to begin working as soon
as it is ingested. If one does not like the taste or gets stomach upset from the tea, it can be encapsulated in powder form.

Read more about this wonderful gift from nature to discover ways to boost your immune system, purify your blood, prevent a
host of maladies and for assistance in recovering from a wide range of dis-eases.

Let Nature be your Ally, Natur-ally.


    Although you can pick chaparral at any time, we prefer to pick it just
    after it blossoms in the springtime. You may also use the flowers and
    fuzzy seed pods, as long as there is a higher proportion of leaves

    The small stems can also be included to make tea. Collect by
    breaking off the ends of a branch, generally a foot in length.

                         STORING CHAPARRAL

    If you wish to save chaparral for future use, gather the woody ends of
    several branches. Tie them together with string or rubber bands and
    hang upside to dry. When the moisture is gone from the leaves, they
    can be stored in glass jars or pulverized into powder before storing.

    The powder can then be packed into capsules or saved to make tea
    and tinctures.


    Chaparral grows in abundance in the deserts of the southwestern
    United States. For those unable to collect locally, chaparral can
    readily be obtained at most natural health food stores.

    One online place to purchase is through Reevis Mountain School of
    Self-Reliance at:   

    Their products can be purchased locally ( Sedona, Arizona region) at
    Mt. Hope, New Frontiers and Healthy Thymes. Currently, (September,
    2009) the Reevis online store sells chaparral for $2.00 US per ounce.


    Chaparral tea has many medicinal purposes and can be used
    internally, as well as externally. It has a unique taste which may need
    to be acquired. If the tea tastes too strong, then dilute it. Drinking
    1-3 glasses a day will assist the body in maintaining a balanced pH.

             When the body's pH level remains in an alkaline state,
                 many diseases, including cancer cannot take root.

    CHAPARRAL TEA:  Place about half a cup of Chaparral leaves
    (this can include blossoms and stem pieces) in a quart jar. Fill the
    jar with room temperature water.

    Cover and let sit on counter overnight. You can do this any night,
    but there seems to be a more energetic charge to the tea when set
    outside or on a window sill during the full moon.  

    Each time you pour off some of the tea, replenish with the same
    amount of fresh water. We strain the tea as we pour it into a cup
    with a small sieve, then place the leaves back in the jar.

    If kept refrigerated, the tea should last about 21 days before it loses
    potency and starts to get funky.    

    *** Boiling water damages the essential nutrients in chaparral.
    Hot water makes the tea very strong with an oily residue (turpenes)
    floating on the top. Drain this off before drinking or dilute to taste.
    Chaparral is an excellent detoxifier and if ingested when very strong
    it can create temporary unpleasant side effects.

    Don't underestimate the power of this herbal remedy.
    Like any new substance, start slow and pay attention
    to any possible side effects.
Hanging Chaparral / Creosote cuttings to dry

                  CHAPARRAL SKIN LOTION

    The largest organ of the human body is the skin. Anything you place
    on your skin including lotions, sunscreen, insect repellent, soap and
    perfume is readily absorbed by the body.

    Read labels carefully before applying anything to your skin. If it is not
    favorable to human consumption, it should not be placed on the skin.

    Have you considered the possibility that the rise of skin cancer may
    be attributed to toxic sunscreens and lotions?

    This the basic recipe Ditoh uses to make Chappy Lotion.

    Be creative and discover your favorites!

    2 ounces olive oil
    2 ounces almond oil
    2 ounces grapeseed oil
    1 ounce castor oil
    1 level tablespoon beeswax granules

    In a pan, slowly warm the oils to 140 - 150° Fahrenheit, allowing the
    beeswax to melt.

    (We strongly suggest not using a microwave for any product
    that will be ingested by humans, animals or plants. Check out
    research on the effects of microwaving food and water!)

    At the same time, in a separate pan, heat the following ingredients:

    2 ounces Chaparral tea, previously prepared (make a strong batch)
    1 ounce seawater or sea salt saline solution
    20 drops magnesium chloride oil
    A pinch of borax

    When the ingredients in both pans are about the same temperature,
    slowly stir the contents of the 2nd pan into the oil mixture, while briskly
    mixing the combined ingredients with a whisk.

    Using a funnel, pour the lotion into plastic or glass heat resistant
    bottles. Add 6 drops of rosemary or your favorite essential oil and

    Fill a tub or sink full of cool water. Set the bottles into the water, gently
    rolling the bottles keeping the oils from separating during the cooling

    Keep refrigerated. Shake well before using. Makes 10 ounces of
    Chappy Lotion.


    In 1992, the FDA issued a warning regarding the use of chaparral
    tablets and capsules saying it was possibly linked to five cases of
    hepatitis (liver inflammation).

    Other organizations including the World Health Organization(WHO),
    the National Cancer Institute and researchers at the University of
    Illinois at Chicago have determined there are no hepatotoxicity (toxic
    to the liver) properties in Chaparral.

    In 2005, Health Canada (The Canadian equivalent to the FDA in the
    United States) warned consumers to not ingest any products that
    contained Chaparral and banned importation of the herb after
    receiving ONE report of acute hepatitis associated with chaparral

    Given the widespread use of chaparral and its documented
    historical use by indigenous tribes for centuries, it appears to be
    quite safe.

    Chaparral sensitivity symptoms include, nausea, vomiting, dark urine
    and/or abdominal pain. If your eyes or skin become jaundiced
    (turn yellow), stop using chaparral immediately, this is a sign of liver

    We encourage you to do your own research and make educated
    choices regarding your health care. Choose doctors knowledgeable
    in the use of herbs and nutrition and those who will take time to
    answer your questions

    .                                      PRECAUTIONS

    Like any herb or substance you ingest, use with caution.

    Every body is unique; it is not uncommon for some people to be
    sensitivite to a substance that is  highly energizing to others.

    Stressors such as anxiety, medications, sleep deprivation,
    acidic pH, toxic overload from foods and environmental
    contamination, weakened immune system and dis-ease all can  
    contribute to adverse reactions when ingesting any substance,
    including native plants.

    Be wise, use your intuition and observation skills to note if any
    substance or combination is affecting you adversely.


Site collection will make a difference in the chemical makeup
of any particular plant.  

Below is an excerpt from the following website:

Chaparral contains a sizable amount each of gums, resins, esters,
acids, alcohol, sterol, sucrose, and volatile oils, and the New Mexico
Agricultural Experimental Station claims that Chaparral contains
nearly as much protein as alfalfa, along with an abundance of sodium
and potassium.

The Herb Shop in Springville, Utah analyzed a specimen of Chaparral
and the chemical contents included:

Also included in the chemical make-up were tannic acid, gallic acid,
pyrogallic acid, tricosanone, 2,methyl, and 1,4naphthoquinone.

Chaparral also contains Nordihydroguiaretic acid (NDGA) which is
known to be a cancer and tumor inhibitor.
> 12.2% Protein                   >  3.1% Fat                          >  21.6% Fiber
>  3.8% Ash                         >  27.2% Carbohydrate        >  .37% Calcium
> .62% Phosphorus             > .49% Potassium                >  .12% Sodium
> .08% Chlorine                   > .11% Magnesium              >  .0007% Iron
> 12. mg/lb Manganese       >  2. mg/lb Copper               >  .81% Resins
>  6.8% NDGA                     >  .37% Volatile oils

Various maladies that can be assisted
with the use of Chaparral