Also known as Greasewood, Creosote Bush, Chaparral.
Ancient medicine; living plants of this species have been determined to be over 11,000 years old.
The warm, strong and sweet scent is analogous with the comforting smell of Desert rain.
To me: the best part of living in a Desert where this being makes its home -- the Mojave, Chihuahua and Sonoran.
Where Gobernadora -- the governess -- grows, I am safe, protected by her strong and ever-loving arms.
With a myriad of beneficial attributes, she is a great warder of illness, infection, and pain, and a builder of immunity, blood and fortitude.
When we first met, I was taught to offer my deepest respects and gratitude to this Nurse plant who shelters and nourishes so many. When her leaves are waxy, lush and deep green, and the Moon is full, I gather a small amount of leaves from different plants, singing songs of healing and thanksgiving, asking for her guidance, grace and fortitude.