Chaparral Cut Leaf
Chaparral– 1 oz. Cut Leaf– used commonly in ointments and salves for skin disorders. It is rich in zinc which contributes to its positive effect on healing skin problems. It is no longer recommended to take internally due to its toxic effects on the liver when exceeding as little as 1.5 to 3 grams per day.
Chaparral grows in rural arid areas and has a root as deep as 25 feet. It extracts minerals from the deep below the earth’s surface and has been used for decades to make healing salves for the skin. Many people used to take chaparral internally for various health issues until it came to light that it is toxic to the liver when consumed in any amount over as little as 1.5 to 3 grams per day. There was one case of an individual who abused this herb in access, as an anticancer, became liver toxic and ended up with a liver transplant. Many authorities feel the plant is not toxic in a small dose of 1000 mg or 1 gram. If or when taken as a tea, the taste is so terrible that it seems to help protect you from consuming too much because you just wouldn’t be able to drink it. The application which is approved safe for use is in ointments and salves. If you choose to use it internally, you may want to have some professional oversight with a natural doctor or health minded medical professional. Use with caution and respect.