Creosote (Larrea tridentata) is a rich smelling desert plant which smells like fresh rain. It has profound healing effects including being anti-inflammatory as well as skin protective.
Creosote grows only in the desert south west and grows prolific in the range that it lives in. I harvested this creosote in Death Valley, Nevada, and Sedona, AZ during my @foragemobile travels studying plants.
Creosote is known to possess analgesic, antiseptic, antiviral, and antibiotic properties. It also contains a mixture of resins and phenols. Phenols are known to be antioxidant and antiseptic. It also has 18 distinct flavones which are active against cancers. (1)
You can apply creosote to your skin topically protect from UV rays or to treat sunburn as well as for moisturizing and nourishing your skin after sun exposure.
You can also apply creosote salve or oil for topical pain and massage it into aching muscles, or inflamed joints, or add the creosote oil to your bath for a muscle relaxing soak. It is a profound healer and has been worked with traditionally for thousands of years in this way.
This creosote was harvested and pruned sparingly and carefully with sustainable and concerning principles in mind. I only printed off a small amount of branches with shears, and took only 1-2 sprigs off of each plant I harvested from, of which there were hundreds to choose from. Minimal impact, consideration, and prayer and respect for, and to these sacred plant teachers goes into every plant I harvest.