The plant is native to the desert areas of Mexico and the Southwest. It was widely used by the Native Americans. Externally, the herb has been used to heal bruises and soothe skin rashes as well as helping to heal wounds and prevent infection. It is particularly beneficial for sufferers of eczema and psoriasis. Chaparral also contains saponins which when shaken with water will foam resembling soap.This makes our Chaparral Soap perfect for shampoo and medicinal washes, especially since this herb is so full of medicinal qualities.This bar is left unscented, with the lingering, natural scent of Chaparral.