Creosote Bush - Gobernadora - Chapparral
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After a rain these plants give off a musty, resinous odor which is the basis of the Mexican name, hediondilla (freely translated, "little stinker"). Also known as gobernadora.(lady governor, governors wife) A member of the Caltrop Family.
This many-branched shrub can grow to 10' but most are under 6'. Creosote blooms periodically with peaks in March-April and November-December. Flowers are yellow, 5-petaled; followed by a globe-shaped, fuzzy white capsule. Its varnish-like coating on leaves slows evaporation and conserves water. Parts of the plants were used medicinally by Native Americans. Resin from branches was used as glue.
Properties of Gobernadora Beneficial to Aztec's
Dissolves Kidney and Bile Duct Stones, Used to Fight Rheumatism and Favors the Rapid Healing of Wounds.
Aztec Method of Use
To Dissolve Stones: Boil 5 grams of leaves to 1/4 liter of water, drink 1 to 2 cups a day.
For Rheumatic Pain: Rub on the affected area the same mixture described above.
For Rapid Healing of Wounds: Foment warm on affected area the same mixture as above.
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