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** Featured Herb   – Chapparal (Larrea tridentata) ** Featured Herbalsit – Rosemary Sova ** Featured Business- EcoFlora, Inc.


Chaparral Larrea Tridentata

Chaparral (Larrea tridentata)

Habitat and description:

  • grows in the Sonoran, Mohave and Chihuahuan deserts –covers about 120 acres in MX and SW United States
  • it is well suited for this desert climate –one of the most drought resistant plants and can live up to 2 years without water by shedding its leaves and branches. (its like the whole plant slows down –chemically)- low flame, ages very slowly.
  • leaves are coated in resin to prevent water loss
  • only desert grasshoppers and walking sticks eat this plant
  • one of the oldest living inhabitants on earth some have been dated back more than 11,000 years old.
  • This bush grows in clonal colonies – grows outward in circles from the original bush (the Gobranadora)  – reproduces under the ground.


  • Leaves and flowers are used
  • There is really no problem with collection in AZ because there are plenty of plants
  • Best harvested after a rain.— smell in the air
  • Dried plants can be used up to 2 years
  • Older plants- antimicrobial
  • Younger plants- internal / teas


  • Salves and oils- slows down the rate of bacterial growth
  • Tea- taste very bad for most people

Medicinal uses:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-fungal


  • Legend states that Larrea will call out to you
  • She is a wise protective mother with many stories and strong medicine
  • Brings out strong emotions.


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Meet our Featured Herbalist

 Rosemary Sova  with Purple Lilac Apothecary

“Healthcare through Mother Nature”

Rosemary L. Sova, is an herbal practitioner and holistic nutrition specialist, however for ten years she was a truck driver.  After experiencing a large weight gain, GI tract issues, and having had to change her circadian rhythm she wanted better health.  She stopped being an over-the-road driver, started working locally and found a holistic school to fit her. Rosemary feels it is important to integrate different modality practices with allopathic medicine to better serve people who have dis- ease within their bodies.  By working in a partnership with the client, it is possible to achieve optimal health for each client. She attended Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and began her journey in healing and learning Western Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition.  She has received her Associates of Occupational Studies Degree in Holistic Health Care with Concentration in Western Herbalism and Holistic Nutrition, and is using her knowledge and own life experiences to help others reach better health. Her vision statement:  To bring synergy to the mind, body and spirit of humans and their pets; and her mission statement:  By educating and nurturing self-accountability to integrate herbal supplements and nutrition into healthcare protocols for a healthier mind, body and spirit; reiterates what she is all about. You can contact Rosemary at purplelilac396@gmail.com

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Our Featured Business is….

EcoFlora, inc.... that’s us! Let us introduce ourselves. EcoFlora is committed to the education and support of local ecological awareness and issues surrounding plant sustainablility, and the healing qualities of medicinal herbs.

EcoFlora strives to serve as a liaison between local businesses, who participate in the integrity and renewing of the earth. Through the ECOConnection directory we want to foster cooperation between local businesses while encouraging the development of a stronger more sustainable community. We believe in a LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, RESOURCE SHARING community. WE ARE A NON-PROFIT THAT THRIVES ON DONATIONS SO IF YOU ARE FEELING GENEROUS PLEASE VISIT US AT : http://ecoflora.org We Thank you in advance! Bringing people together. Building new relationships.

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