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