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Creosote Bush and Skin Cancer

December 29, 2009

Well, results are in from this year’s multi-regional skin salve! A stinky and powerful batch, it has had great effect on a variety of skin injuries.

I usually use plantain, yarrow, burdock, self heal and whatever else offers itself readily for our summer first aid salve. This year, traveling around the west, we had an opportunity to try some new plants in combination: Peach from Oregon and California, Chaparral and Turpentine Bush from Arizona, St. John’s Wort and Yarrow from Oregon and Montana, and sticky Cottonwood bud and inner bark from Montana.

Yuma, Sedona, Joshua Tree 127

Larrea (Creosote) - Desert First Aid

Because of chaparral’s power, I had high hopes for this salve on skin cancer lesions and early moles, and our first bold testers have reported. With regular application of the salve for two or three weeks, one woman’s skin cancer lesions went away, so she canceled her appointment to have them frozen off (her normal treatment).  In another person, I watched it take layers of dark asymmetrical mole off over four weeks, lightening and shrinking the mole, without peeling the surrounding skin (at this point application stopped and the mole remains smaller and lighter now as it was then.)

Recently my seven year old daughter scraped herself badly on the rough rocks of Joshua Tree.   I grabbed nearby sticky creosote leaves, chewed them and slapped them on her road rash.  It killed the pain and she immediately stopped crying.

We have come to love the stinky smell of this plant, as the whole desert radiates its scent after the slightest rain.

The same salve has been also used on two major injuries requiring stitches – a forehead gash, and a puncture/tear from the edge of a little boy’s mouth down toward his jaw. I’m told both healed up in unexpected time and with remarkably little scarring. And it worked well on a viral sore – it eliminated a painful sore inside the nostril overnight.

In addition to its antiseptic and antiinflammatory properties, the cottonwood adds the boost of some analgesic power to help with the pain itself, and of course adds its heady, spicy perfume to help disguise the strong scent of chapparal.

One spring, I was looking at pepper plants for sale when an older guy came up and told me about how rubbing a fresh spicy pepper on the skin cancer of his nose made it go away in no time flat. I guess the moral of the story is that no matter your health situation, plants have something to offer to ease your plight. The power of plants continues to amaze me.

One other new desert plant I’ve become impressed with is Mormon Tea. With the plants available to me in Montana, easing congestion (like a head cold) was simple but stopping a runny nose or post-nasal drop when horsetail wasn’t around, left me perplexed. Since visiting the desert, however, we found that just a little twig of Mormon Tea crushed in a drinking tea stopped post-nasal drip aggravation or runny nose on every person who’s tried it so far, and actually *kept it away* which was more than I was hoping for. I will keep a little in my medicine kit from now on.

Growing in the cracks of a sidewalk near you, there is very likely something that can save a life. You don’t need to look far, or buy exotic plants that are the trend on the news. Your community herbalist can point you to life-changing plants in your own backyard that suit your particular ailments.

This post was just hastily thrown together as I’m mooching wi-fi and we’re about to lose it, and there’s no cell access. Will be camping in Big Bend Texas for several days, soaking up the sunshine and fitting in some hiking, homeschool, and writing. Will be nice to sit still for a few days and work on projects.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Brenda permalink
    December 31, 2009 5:26 pm

    Happy New Years !!

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