Larrea tridentata, also known as creosote bush and chaparral, is a common plant in the deserts of the United States and some parts of Mexico. In Spanish, it is called ‘gobernadora’ (governess) because it has a remarkable ability to inhibit the development of plants growing around it to get as much water as possible.
Creosote bush is one of Mexico’s most appreciated and used medicinal plants.
And the most fabulous thing about this plant, in addition to its ability to survive in arid places, are its medicinal properties and cosmetic benefits.
In this article, we will tell you about each one of the properties of this medicinal plant.
Creosote Bush Medicinal Properties
The ruler plant is included in the category of medicinal plants. This is because creosote bush possesses an acid called nordihydroguaiaretic acid, a very potent antioxidant.
Its main properties make it valuable for treating a wide spectrum of urinary tract diseases such as kidney stones. Thus, creosote bush infusions are used as diuretics.
It is usually administered in the following way: an infusion with a tender leaf of the creosote bush per day for nine days.
This helps to get rid of kidney or bladder stones thanks to the chemical properties of the plant.
Creosote bush tea is also used in baths to treat fever, malaria, hemorrhoids, pimples, rheumatism, and bruises or for wound healing.
Also, some gynecologists recommend washing with this tea to women with fertility problems.
In this case, the washes are administered as follows: for 9 days before and 9 days after menstruation for three consecutive months.
Creosote bush tea also helps to reduce inflammatory conditions resulting from diseases, such as bladder inflammation or kidney pain. More precisely, these are all conditions that can be treated with creosote bush tea:
- Kidney stones: with infusions of creosote bush tea.
- Urinary infections: also with infusions or washings.
- Inflammations in the bladder, prostate, or kidneys, hemorrhoids: tea or washes.
- Bone and muscle diseases: can be applied as a cream by rubbing. The branches are soaked in alcohol and left to rest for 24 hours and then applied to the affected area.
- To relieve bad digestion or stomach aches: infusions are taken or we can apply the plant on the belly.
- Colds, anemia, headaches, headaches, blood pressure, foot infections, ulcers, urethritis, diabetes… In this case, it is necessary to drink infusions of roots, stems, or bark of the plant in place of water for a few days until we have recovered from the conditions.
- Fever or scars: a good bath immersed in infusions of this medicinal plant will help reduce fever and leave our skin as new if we have any scars, although for the latter aspect we can boil the plant until it becomes a juicy paste and apply it on the wounds.
- In its medicinal use, the creosote bush is usually ingested in infusion (the branches, roots, or bark can be cooked) and on an empty stomach.
Despite the healing properties of this shrub, its ingestion should be supplementary to medical treatment. The It’s Never Not Teatime team recommends you see a doctor if you suffer from any of these conditions.
Cosmetic Properties of Creosote Bush
Creosote bush is also used in the production of lotions such as creams, soaps, shampoos, and ointments to treat skin inflammations, although it also has properties to treat hair problems.
Among the conditions that can be reduced by using creosote bush products are hair irritations or hair loss, dandruff, weak hair, bad smell in the armpits and feet, and fungus.
Creosote bush is quite a potent plant, and capsules and tablets containing this herb can be quite damaging to the liver, so it is better to avoid them whatsoever.
Creosote bush tea, on the other hand, can be consumed in limited doses, not more than three days in a row, with a few leaves, and steeping only for 30 seconds.
Tea intoxication is very rare, especially if you consult your medical specialist beforehand.
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