Herpes Virus (All Types), Arthritis, Rheumatism
S. American Chaparral
Pulvarized Leaves of "Hembra Jarilla"
Code 325 -- Price: $4.95
Pulverized leaves: 85 gr. (net wt)
Makes About 6 Liters of Tea
(Using 15 g. or 2.5 T.
to make one liter / quart)
Chaparral Capsules : Code 325C -- $14.50
(100 x 260 mg. veggie capsules)
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Summarized Description: Chaparral is a traditional in South America, where the species here, Larrea divaricata, corresponds to Larrea tridentata in the U.S. and Mexico. It is better known as "Hembra jarilla" in the deserts of native Peru, where we have the leaves wildcrafted and milled.
Alpha Omega Labs was the first company to popularize the use of chaparral in escharotic preparations, beginning in 1990 -- and then at an accelerated pace when we introduced Cansema on the internet in September, 1995. (A history is provided in Chapters 1 through 3 in Meditopia.)
The entire Larrea genus is extraordinarily hardy, living in harsh desert climates for up to 12,000 years. Undoubtedly, indigenous peoples much have deduced its extraordinarily medicinal properties after observing that, unlike other plants, Larrea doesn't have any predators. Its massive array of protective phytochemicals (primarily lignans and flavonoids) keeps away viruses, bacteria, fungi, competitor plants, insects, and rodents. The only exception are small lizards, which eat the flowers when in bloom.
Unlike most of the other offerings in our medical tea category, this product comes pulverized, for maximum diffusion of the active principles (in tea) and absorption if made into capsules. A daily therapeutic dosage would be approximately 300 mg.
The "tea leaves" in this product are so finely pulverized that many users may simply choose to drink with the tea and forego straining. An important note on preparation : the don't call chaparral "creosote bush" in the U.S. for nothing. The taste -- for the vast majority is quite off-putting -- so you will probably elect to improve with honey and lemon.
Instructions / Dosages: Do not give to children under 12 years of age. Adult dosage: One capsule per day to start. After three days, graduate to one capsule, 2x a day. Between the ages of 12 and 18, no more than one capsule daily.
Shelf-LifeWe know of no medical herb that has a shelf-life that compares to chaparral. We tell customers "ten years," because we've used dried chaparral of that age without ill consequence, as the Salves from which chaparral is made also have a confirmed shelf-life of this span. The truth is that we really don't know the true shelf-life, because we've never heard of any "going bad" -- not in our own lab experience nor in the extant literature. Moreover -- and just as amazing -- we have not seen any variation of powdered chaparral leaf lose potency over time.
Medical PropertiesFor this product, we cite the ethnobotanical findings of W. Dennis Clark, Ph.D., in monograph, "Treating Herpes Naturally with Larrea tridentata." (See additional comments in the column at right.) The title of the book is somewhat deceptive. Clark covers many other ailments, unrelated to herpes, and he provides excellent references. Moreover, as the chemical profiles of "tridentata" and "divaricata" are nearly identical, it should come as no surprise that both varieties have the same uses on their respective continents. We recommend the purchase of the book on Amazon for those interested in further study of chaparral's many properties. Clark derives the medical uses below from a database maintained by The University of Michigan. We wish to remind the reader that these are ethnobotanical uses and not curative representations made by Alpha Omega Labs:
ARTHRITIS, RHEUMATISM and PAINFUL JOINTS -- EXTERNAL
Medical uses described in the column at left are taken from W. Dennis Clark's book, "Treating Herpes Naturally with Larrea tridentata." (p. 50-52)
The tribes in North America where the plant is native with documented uses include:
Chaparral --- A
[ Greg Caton ]
In the summer of 1963, I asked my parents if I could go on a YMCA camping trip as part of my summer vacation. Back in those days, parents in the Los Angeles area could send their children on a supervised trek through the arid desert lands outside the county for $15 a week.
At the time, I was only seven years old, and this would be the longest time I had ever spent away from my parents. I took some supplies, toiletries, a brown, cotton, sleeping bag, and off I went. (I did this for three weeks.)
The guides were there not just to supervise their young cohort, but to educate them, as well. They taught us about different flora and fauna. How to survive in the wilderness. Wild plants you could eat and what plants to avoid . . . so many things . . . things I have long forgotten.
The unmistakeable smell of chapparal.
It was as if it defined the place, haunting me so that even as a child I would stop walking when I caught a whiff with the soft desert breeze. In fact, years later I forgot the name of the plant, but I remembered that smell . . .so much so, it was hard to imagine being in the desert and not feeling its presence.
Twenty-six years later, I encountered this plant again -- in Louisiana -- a place where the plant doesn't even grow. As an apprentice studying under Dr. Russell Jordan (see Chapter One of Meditopia), I learned of its medicinal properties and found myself as if reconnected to an old friend . . . having first met when I was too young to have comprehended what this plant would teach me . . . too young to have known that at some point in the future I would be a practicing herbalist.
We all know that people can have a special relation with an animal -- a beloved pet. There are even people who look like their animals. I sometimes wonder if people realize that we can have relationships with our plants, as well. . . that just as we can have unique ties to other people and animals, we can share special bonds with plants.
The very concept might have missed me had I not had this unique experience with an exceptional desert plant. To contemplate its very spirit, gives me pause.