Infections: Chaparral.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Chapparal Happiness
From: (Jon Hoffman)
Date: 26 May 1995 04:07:12 GMT

Anyone with any experiences good or bad to report about Chapparal? I have found it to be an excellent herb to use, although I have always used it sparingly, infrequently and with great respect as it is Extremely powerfull. I have found that if I am very sick with either a viral or bacterial infection, in the Blood, Throat, or lungs if I am not getting better from the standard: Echinacea, Garlic, Vitamin C and Juice The added kick from a pinch of chapparal leaves in my tea a few times daily does the trick.

My sister finally responded to my famous Lung tea when I added a pinch of Chapparal. I decided to add it because she had a heavy deep lung infection for several weeks. Bronchitis bordering on Pneumonia. I still have found that GARLIC is the most ESSENTIAL therapy for fighting infection especially when deep in the lungs.

One final word about chapparal I have made an excellent gargle by brewing a small palm full of leaves in 1 quart of water for 15-35 minutes. I swish and gargle many times daily but (ONLY WHEN MY THROAT is infected).

My feelings are that Chapparal is Powerful and safe, only if used in the correct small doses for a short time. It can be very toxic if too much is taken at once or over a long period of time. My sister has voiced some concerns about a report about a woman Dying from Liver failure due to Chapparal. I would think that perhaps she was taking WAY too much at once or over a LONG period of time, or maybe she was allergic?? Any opinions or info?