Common Names: Creosote Bush, Greasewood, Hediondilla, Jarilla, Larrea Tridentata, Larrea Divaricata, Larreastat, Larrea Mexicana, Zygophyllum Tridentatum.
Scientific Name: Larrea Divaricata L., Larrea Tridentata, Zygophyllaceae
Common Uses: Chaparral is used for digestion problems including cramps and gas; respiratory tract conditions including colds and infections; and ongoing chronic skin disorders. It is also used for cancer, arthritis, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, central nervous system conditions, chickenpox, parasite infections, obesity, and snakebite pain. Some people use chaparral for detoxification, or as a tonic or “blood purifier.”
*Warnings: Chaparral is UNSAFE. There are several reports of serious poisoning, acute hepatitis, and kidney and liver damage, including kidney and liver failure. Chaparral can cause side effects including stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, fever, and liver and kidney damage. Putting chaparral on the skin can cause skin reactions including rash and itching.
Origin: Beginning at La Joya, California, extending eastward through California, across Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. Australia and northern Argentina in South America.