Chaparral in Bloodroot Salve

Chaparral leaf has long-lasting anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, as well as germicidal action. It supports the immune system, which is vital in the action of Bloodroot Salve.

It is widely used as a tea, and in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Applied to the skin, chaparral can have a remarkable healing effect. It is useful for eczema, psoriasis, and is an excellent antiseptic. Chaparral contains the powerful anti-oxidant NDGA.


(Larrea tridentata/mexicata) is a successful shrub from the Southwest part of the U.S., northern Mexico and western South America. It has a long history of multicultural usage, among which is cancer. There have been some serious examinations and biologic studies done on the plant: it seems to help simple skin cancer… Moore, M. (1989) Medicinal plants of the desert and canyon

For hundreds of years Larrea tridentata has been used by the Native Americans as a medicinal aid for a multitude of afflictions, including cancers. The Native Americans were very skilled in preparing and administering the herb, using it in a multitude of preparations.

Liver toxicity?

After allegations in 1992 of liver toxicity caused by chaparral consumption, manufacturers voluntarily restricted sales until reports were investigated. A panel of medical experts concluded that no clinical data was found to indicate it was inherently a liver toxin. In late 1994, this report was submitted to the FDA and chaparral was given a clean bill of health by the American Herbal Products Association. (Quote from Arizona Natural).


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