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Chaparral Tea – a Controversial Tea

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Chaparral Tea was used in the past by American Indians as a medicine and it was put into question by FDA. However it was proven that chaparral tea has many benefits that you can read about below.

About Chaparral tea

Chaparral is a dwarf tree or shrub that grows in the desert regions of southwestern United States and Mexico. The name comes from the Spanish word chaparro which means short oak. Chaparral is also called “greasewood” and “creosote bush”.

Leaves and twigs of the plant are used to make chaparral tea or infusion. It is often recommended to add honey and/or lemon into the tea in order to enhance the flavor.

Chaparral contains many active components like alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, cobalt, limonene and zinc.

Chaparral tea has a strong taste and smell.

How to brew Chaparral tea

Chaparral tea can be prepared using dried chaparral leaves and flowers into a cup with room temperature water. Let the mixture soak for a couple of minutes, then filter it. Always remember to use fresh cold water for the tea. Boiled water will make it lose its nutrients and become too strong. You can also use this cold tea as a base for a smoothie, elixir or tonic and even for mouthwash in spite of its unpleasant taste or even as an insect repellant.

Benefits of Chaparral tea

Chaparral tea boosts the immune system and helps keep the body in an alkaline state that allows it to naturally fight against infection, microbial invaders and many forms of disease.

  • Chaparral tea, applied topically, may be effective against skin disorders such as eczema, herpes, athlete’s foot, ringworm, cold sores and dermatitis
  • Chaparral tea can inhibit to certain types of cancer
  • Chaparral tea steam, when inhaled, may help alleviate and relieve coughs, colds and other congestion problems
  • Chaparral may be helpful in the treatment of blood poisoning and it is also a blood purifier
  • The herb has anti-inflammatory properties and can relieve conditions such as arthritis
  • An infusion of the chaparral herb can be used to treat and prevent dandruff
  • Encourages hair growth and clear skin
  • Chaparral tea can prevent cavities

Side effects of Chaparral tea

At some point, the benefits of Chaparral tea were put into question by the American authorities because it was said that it has a toxic effect on the liver. However, Chaparral tea is an excellent detoxifier but if you ingest it it can create unpleasant side effects.

Don’t underestimate the power of Chaparral tea but don’t exaggerate with the amount when drinking it and pay attention to any possible side effects.

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