tridentata, sometimes called Larrea mexicana
Chaparral, creosote bush, la gobernadora, hedionillo, medicine chest
because it smells like the tar derivative also called creosote.
Zygophyllaceae, also called caltrops. It is related to Guaiacum and
Tribulus terrestris (also called puncturevine)
Cautions: Rare reports of serious liver disease have been
associated with internal use and ingestion of creosote. Seek advice
from a professional health care practitioner before use and, in doing
so, inform them if you have had or are at risk for liver disease,
kidney disease, or if you frequently imbibe alcoholic beverages, or
are using any medications. Discontinue use and seek a physician if
vomiting, fever, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, or
jaundice (e.g. dark urine, pale stools, yellow discoloration of the
eyes) occur. This is herb is NOT safe to be used during
is a creosote colony in the Mojave Desert called the “King Clone”
that is 11,700 years old. Creosote is one of the oldest living
organisms on Earth (as far as measuring this type of thing goes).
grows in colonies – rings of plants that sprout up from an
underground root system that are genetically identical clones of the
Description: Larrea tridentata is
a variably sized shrub with tiny evergreen dark green leaves. The
resinous leaves are compound and opposite, with two leaflets attached
to each other at the base. The flowers are shiny yellow with five
petals, many to a branch. The fruit is a capsule densely covered in
white hairs, which look like fluffy puff balls.
Tips: Creosote is often
one of the dominant plant where it grows. There are often huge
colonies of it scattered through an area. Look for plants that have
more young growth, which is a brighter green color and has a strong
resinous smell. Cut areas of the plant where the stem is flexible,
not hard and woody, and where the leaves are waxy or oily to the
touch, preferably those which leave a faint residue on your
fingertips if you rub the small leaves between the pads of your
fingers. The best creosote to harvest is found in washes between the
mesas of the desert, where water runs down into stream beds which
quickly dry up. Do not pick plants alongside roads, as these are not
safe for use.
Collect the bundles
by either snapping off the flexible stems where they join the woody
branches or using pruning shears. Creosote is not so woody as to
require heavy duty loppers. Gather onto a laid out flat breathable
cloth, such as cotton broadcloth or burlap or muslin, and roll up to
transport. You will lose some leaves, but these can be gathered from
Once to your
bundling location, unroll and leave the plant flat on the breathable
cloth for a day or so, flipping over occasionally, then bundle.
mold, so please dry a little before bundling, to prevent the inner
part of the bundle from moldering and the entire bundle from becoming
Caution: the smell
of creosote as is it drying or being bundled is intense and will
easily fill a small room. Some persons I have wildcrafted with have
reported feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseated from the aromatic
oils in the air, so please keep that in mind.
Parts Used: The
fresh green leaves or the green leaves once dried, the waxy yellow
flowers, and the greener stems are all used for magickal and
medicinal purposes. The woody stems are used for ceremonial fires,
but caution, as
creosote is mildly psychoactive and the fires may cause reactions
varying from dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, a feeling of
floating, or even mild hallucinations. Of course, allergic reactions
may also occur from breathing in the smoke, so start with small
amounts and watch for difficulty breathing and itching of the skin,
mouth, nose, and throat.
Medicinal Uses: Larrea tridentata is poisonous in larger doses. Please be
cautious. There are multiple reports of serious poisoning, acute
hepatitis, kidney and liver damage, up to kidney and liver failure,
many of which were the result of using creosote preparations that
were not properly diluted or which were taken too often. Do not take
at the same time as hepatotoxic drugs or alongside large amounts of
pain killers such as aspirin.
Creosote can cause severe stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, weight
loss, and fever. Putting creosote on the skin can cause skin
reactions, including photo-sensitivity, rash, and itching.
An important consideration with creosote is that the plant is very
bitter and the taste and smell are quite potent. So when deciding
whether to use this as an herbal remedy, make sure the person it is
being prepared for can tolerate the smell and taste. I do not
recommend you attempt to improve the taste with large amounts of
honey, agave, or sugar, as this just makes the strong taste
saccharine with an intensely bitter aftertaste.
peoples of the Southwestern deserts of the United States have used
this plant in teas, tinctures, and salves, as a poultice to retard
bacterial growth, as an emetic, expectorant, and diuretic to treat
venereal disease, tuberculosis, bowel cramps, and rheumatism (Kearney
and others 1951, Mabry and others 1977)
It has been used as
a herbal treatment for stiff limbs, open sores, snakebites, menstrual
cramps, and poxes (Bowers and Wignall 1993, Mabry and others 1977)
The Breast Cancer Research and Treatment study in 2005 showed that
the antioxidant compound, nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) inhibits
the IGF-1 and c-erbB2/HER2/neu receptors and suppresses growth in
breast cancer cells. (Youngren, J.F., Gable, K., Penaranda, C. et al.
Breast Cancer Res Treat (2005) 94: 37.) Of course, this would be in a
professional medicinal environment with controlled injections of an
extracted compound – no amount of ingesting creosote will cure
cancer, though it may kill you with liver or kidney failure.
antimicrobial and anti-fungal, it has through time been used to
prevent infections due to cuts, burns, and bites, and also those
internal caused by pathogens and parasites entering the body.
Creosote is used
internally to inhibit the growth of fibroids.
lignans that are very similar to estrogen, giving it an effect on the
skin similar to that of soy taken internally.
According to an
ethno-botanist of field studies for the herbal program at the
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, the Pima people of central
Arizona would use just an inch or so of fresh creosote dropped in
water as a cleansing drink, to flush a variety of fungal or parasitic
microbials from the body, as well as for its antioxidant properties.
It is a very strong
liver stimulant, and so should not be used by individuals with liver
disease such as cirrhosis or hepatitis.
The main way I use
creosote is to help prevent and kill a number of infectious
organisms. These include bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. I mix
creosote with myrrh and dragon’s blood resin, for I find it is not
strong enough many times on its own. I do not recommend creosote for
staphylococcus aureus. It often works okay for fungal skin
infections such as athlete’s foot.
For athlete’s food
and similar, if the infection is on an area you can put into wash
basin (i.e., hands and feet), simply soak the infected area in a very
strong hot water infusion of creosote. If it cannot be soaked, use a
hot compress. Afterward, I would recommend that you alternate between
remedies (see Recommended Combinations below). Apply the Larrea
tincture directly on the wound and/or put it on a gauze pad which is
then held in place. With these types of infections, please also
consider community protection and telling the infected person that
they are contagious. And you and they both need to cleanse yourselves
thoroughly after handling the infected area.
Creosote can also be
used to treat infectious gut organisms. I recommend seeking a medical
opinion on whether it is a gut infection or a non-infectious
disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Also, it can be difficult
to know which type of infectious organism. Giardia, for example, can
infect a person who drank contaminated water, and can be treated with
a combination of creosote, parsley, wormwood, and black walnut.
Aching muscles can
also be treated with creosote, specifically those associated with
stress and stress related nervous pain.
The dried plant when
powdered has been used by many First Nation people of the Southwest
as an effective deodorant. A tincture of creosote combined with a
tincture of witch hazel makes a wonderful deodorant that smells like
rain, but do not wear it with white clothing – it turns everything
Creosote is also
used to relieve itching, though obviously not in those who find it
causes itching, and it provides a protective moisture barrier even
after it dries.
Preparations: The part of this
plant used medicinally is the leaves, though if you have some of the
flexible green branches, the yellow waxy flowers, or the fluffy seed
capsules in with them it will not hurt the medicine. The leaf can be
used either fresh or dried, as there is not that much water in them
to begin with, but you should not use leaves that were brown and
desiccated on the plant.
Due to the
antioxidant properties of this plant, most of these preparations will
have a longer shelf life than medicines made from other plants, but
beware that for tinctures or other infusions that keep the plant in
the substance being infused, too strong of an infusion is dangerous,
so remove the plant matter before storing.
My favorite delivery
mechanism of the medicine of creosote is also one of the easiest to
prepare. A sprig in cold water, used all day, as a cleansing tonic
drink is my favorite. Just refill the same bottle throughout the day.
I also like making
salves with the infused oil. For this either fresh or dried plant can
be used, but if you have access to the fresh, it is much preferable.
It relieves stinging and itching of cuts and seals them with a
protective barrier. It is also quite useful topically as a treatment
for the herpes viruses, including cold sores, herpes simplex, and
Tincture: Prepare the tincture
with 180 proof food grade clear alcohol at about 1:2, or as close to
this as you can get while still having the leaves covered by the
menstruum and ideally to a few inches above it. Infuse in the cool
alcohol in a dark, cool place for one week, then strain the plant
matter and discard it or compost it.
Dosage with Tincture: When treating an acute infection or parasitic infestation, as with something brought on by ‘bad’ food or water (such as drinking water in the mountains) use a large loading dose, then taper down. A 110 pound person can start with about 4 ml in their first dosage, then taper down to about 2.5 ml every four to six hours for approximately 48 hours, then to about 1.25 ml for the next 48 hours. I recommend combining this with activated charcoal, and for serious infectious gut parasites (like giardia) with wormwood, parsley, and black walnut as well.
Infused oil: Add the
green, fresh leaves or lightly dried leaves to good extra virgin
olive oil (I recommend the stuff coming out of California right now).
Cover the leaves with the oil, ideally to a few inches above them.
Lett this sit in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks. Since
they resist mold, you can let the leaves stay in the oil for a longer
period of time than most plants. The oil alone, or combined with
other plants, can be applied directly to wounds as an antiseptic.
Creosote is also naturally antioxidant, so the constituents stabilize
the infused oil, so by adding the creosote oil into other oils or
salves, it will slow down their rate of rancidity and give them a
longer shelf life. It will be strongly scented, however, so if you
don’t want the damp rain and earth smell of creosote in your other
oils, you may wish to refrain and find another method of giving them
Salves: Solidify the
infused oil by adding beeswax or cocoa butter, or your preferred
combination of the two, in a double boiler, then decant into a
sterile salve container.
Tea: For creosote, I
recommend a hot water infusion (hot water poured over the plant)
rather than a decoction (plant matter cooked in the hot water).
Remember that if this is for drinking, an inch long section of the
plant is plenty for an entire day, and may be too much, as it is very
Honey: I recommend
using raw honey, as non-raw honey is less helpful for anti-microbial
uses. To get the honey to extract the volatile constituents from the
creosote, warm the honey til it is liquid enough to allow movement,
but do not simmer it, as then it is no longer raw. Cover the plant
matter with warm honey to the point where the honey is a few inches
above the plant matter. Allow to sit for one week, then strain the
plant matter out and discard or compost it. This is better as a burn
or skin infection medicine for external use than it is for internal
use, for which I would not recommend it.
Compress: A compress
comes from dipping a clean cloth (preferably cotton or silk) in a
water infusion of the plant matter – the infusion in this case is a
slightly stronger hot water infusion than the one described above for
internal use tea. I would recommend the compresses for athletes foot
and other minor skin infections. Creosote compresses are especially
helpful when you cannot directly soak the affected area. You can also
soak a bandage with the tea (or tincture), though I do not recommend
keeping an open wound damp for very long. I do not use creosote as a
poultice, where the plant matter is macerated and then applied
directly to a wound, as it is so very strong and can cause skin
Soak: Simply add
creosote to hot water. For something the size of a foot or hand, you
can add a few inches of the plant. Do not scale up past a five inch
by one inch bundle for the entire body, especially as it can be
absorbed through mucous membranes and cause irritation.
Willow (Salix spp.)
(good for pain as well)
(Daemonorops draco or Dracaena cinnabari or Croton lechleri)
Arnica (Arnica spp.)
Willow (Salix spp.)
californica (Yerba mansa)
Oak (Quercus spp.)
Essential Oil: I recommend the
enfleurage method to get the oils out of the leaves without
You will need:
Only the freshest,
newest leaves, from a period in the harvest season where the leaves
are green and have an oily sheen that coats the fingers
A sterilized glass
alcohol of 180 proof or higher (everclear, moonshine, etc)
Spread a thin coat
of new, organic vegetable fat on the sterilized glass plate and lay
the leaves on the fat. Cover the combination with plastic wrap to
make the plate air tight. Then store this in a cool, dark location
for 48 to 72 hours. The oils will infuse the fat.
Strain the leaves
from the fat and discard or compost. Spoon the infused fat into the
sterilized mason jars and spread it out on the inside, exposing as
much surface area of the fat as possible.
Pour the clear,
strong alcohol into the jars, covering the fat. Cover and seal the
Let the jars stand
in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours - this extracts the oil from
the fat (pouring vodka directly on the leaves will destroy them and
will not extract the oils)
move the liquid to
another steralized jar
allow that to rest
for 24 hours, refrigerated - this will allow the oil to separate from
siphon the separated
oil from the alcohol
sterilized, air-tight, dark glass bottles - the oil should last you
at least five years, unless, of course, you use it all first or it
turns sour due to some contaminant
The waxy sap from
the bush can be released by simmering the stalks, including the woody
ones, in water. The resin is then applied to wooden tools, like
arrows or bowls, for water-proofing. Do not waterproof using creosote
anything intended for food storage or ingestion, as ingestion of the
oils is toxic in large enough amounts.
were stored by First Nations persons in grain bins and other food
storage areas to keep the moisture out and preserving the food.
Sometimes, the leaves from the bush were mixed in with the grains to
further the process.
Magickal Uses: Creosote has
traditionally been used for cleansing ritual fires that have a
psychotropic affect, including dizziness, lightheadedness, mild
euphoria, and loss of consciousness. Do not burn the leaves or
branches unless you are outdoors or in a very well ventilated area,
as too much of the fumes being inhaled can be toxic and deadly.
It can be used for
pre-ritual or post-ritual cleansing and grounding baths.
It is excellent for
spells of survival, permanence, and stability, as it is one of the
oldest known plant forms – ancient beyond even the redwood. It
survives in some of the harshest environmental conditions on the
planet: below freezing temperatures in the winter, temperatures about
100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, and less than 10 inches of rain
per year in extremely nutrient deficient sandy soil.
It is also an
excellent warding plant. Note that not much else grows around it in
the desert, even when it grows where water flows. It defends its
territory well, in colonies that are self-supporting.
Creosote can also be
used in spells to connect people who live far away from each other.
As the colonies grow in cloning rings, distant but still connected,
so bundles can be used as a connecting force.
Please note that
Haven Craft teaches the traditional uses of herbs. Statements made by
Haven Craft regarding the benefits of an herb have not been evaluated
by the food and drug administration, as the FDA does not evaluate or
test herbs. This information has not been evaluated by the US Food
and Drug Administration, nor has it gone through the rigorous
double-blind studies required before a particular product can be
deemed truly beneficial or potentially dangerous and prescribed in
the treatment of any condition or disease.
presented by Haven Craft is provided for informational purposes only,
it is not meant to substitute for medical advice or diagnosis
provided by your physician or other medical professional. Do not use
this information to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or health
condition. If you have, or suspect that you have a medical problem,
contact your physician or health care provider.
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It’s been a whole week since I last spoke to Cody. He’s attempted to talk to me at the end of class, but I always end up rushing out; avoiding him. I don’t know whats gotten into his head; he’s never been the jealous type - especially with Woody.
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A knock was placed on my bedroom door of the deck, and I sigh before answering it.
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