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Actions: anti-carcinogenic, lymphatic, anti-microbial Indications: also called greasewood or creosote bush, chaparral is useful for arthritis, allergies, free-radical damage and hypersensitive, auto-immune type conditions, aggravated by stress and diet. It is one of the most powerful anti-oxidents available in the herbal kingdom. Strong anti-viral and anti-fungal properties make it very useful in the treatment of herpes, shingles, cold sores and candida, thrush, etc. It is excellent for liver-fat metabolism. If made into a tea, it can be used externally as a wash for any skin disorder, including acne and eczema, sores, etc., or as a vaginal douche for infections. It can also be used as a sunscreen, if made into an oil (although you might want to add lavender essential oil to partially mask the earthy scent.) Caution: do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding or if liver is compromised. Discontinue use (or reduce dosage) if nausea or vomiting occurs. We feel this is an invaluable herb that has earned its place after centuries of use as a safe, yet strong herb. However, be aware that some herbalists recommend against using this herb internally, and in fact it is banned in some states. Preparation and dosage: Tincture: take 30 drops, 2-3 x daily. Capsules: take 2 caps, 2 x daily. Tea: blend 1 or 2 teaspoonsful of the herb plus 1 teaspoon of cinnamon bark (to kill the nasty flavor) into 1 cup boiling water. Steep 10 minutes or overnight, depending upon the strength desired. Drink 3 x daily. Take for periods of 1 to 3 weeks at a time, taking 3-4 weeks break in between dosing.