Chaparral Tea

Published on April 6, 2014 by Carol

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Chaparral Tea

Tribal Affiliation: Coquille Indian, Oregon

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Orgin of Recipe: Offered by Hal Van Ortwick …who learned this from his uncle, a Coquille Indian

Type of Dish: All Indigenous Ingredients


  • Hot water
  • Dried wild lilac leaves
  • Directions:
    You’ll want to pick your own leaves and dry them as you can’t buy it in any store that I know of.
    Steep about a tsp. of the dry leaves in a cup of hot water to your own taste.
    Note: It helps a bad back, good for the kidney’s also, there may be some other medicinal properties attributed to it.

    Webmasters Note: The desert chaparral bush has the Latin name Larrea tridentata or Larrea diver-icata and is also known as the greasewood or creosote bush.

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