Ocotillo is one of the STRANGEST plants in the desert. Just when we think it is completely dead and beyond hope it suddenly SPRINGS back to life and makes these GORGEOUS bright orange flowers! Native Americans traditionally used Ocotillo tea from the bark and flowers to treat coughs, bladder infections, pelvic congestion, varicose veins, swelling and sore muscles. The long spiny branches were also used to make fences.
The flowers can be eaten raw in salads and taste somewhat like chamomile when made into tea. The long tube-like flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds which is what helps them proliferate in the desert.
Ocotillo flower essence is indicated for “The Wounded Healer” as it is an energetic protector that is thought to help us respond and not react. It is energetically healing for those that feel victimized. As with any herbal remedy please check with your Naturopathic Doctor before using any new herbs!
Dr. Nicole Sundene, NMD
Dr. Sundene is a Naturopathic Doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is considered a Female Hormone Expert in Women's Health and Bioidentical Hormones. She specializes in Holistic Women's Health for Menopause, Thyroid, Hashimotos, PMS, Perimenopause, Autoimmune, Postpartum, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Anxiety, Food Allergies, Digestion, Dermatology , Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema and Adrenal Hormonal Conditions. In 1999 she began working for a Hormone Doctor prior to starting Naturopathic Medical School. With over 22 years of experience in both Prescription and Natural women's health and hormones she presents to women the best integrated health solutions for their Chronic Disease. She has been an Herbalist for over 27 years and enjoys teaching women how to use herbs to balance their hormones, nutrition and optimize their health. Dr. Sundene relies on blood testing for her hormone metrics. The hormone testing is covered per the patient's insurance plan and conducted at certain points in the woman's menstrual cycle. To learn more about Hormone Testing for Women Visit: Bioidentical Hormones. Follow Dr. Sundene on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more tips on Women's Health, Female Hormones and Naturopathy!