Chaparral (Larrea divaricata)
Chaparral tea has been suggested for the treatment of bronchitis and the common cold. It also was used to alleviate rheumatic pain, stomach pain, chicken pox, and snake bite pain. American Indians used chaparral for arthritis, bowel cramps, gas, colds, and chronic skin disorders.
Historically, Native Americans made tea from the leaves of this plant to treat chicken pox, colds, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, pain, snakebites, skin disorders, and rheumatism. In more recent times, others have promoted it for digestive disorders, colds and other respiratory tract infections, skin problems, cancer, arthritis, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.