This Natural Sunscreen Doubles as an Anti-Fungal for the Skin

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

This amazing oil can be used on fungal infections, Candida, discoloration on your skin, athlete’s foot, and an all-over skin-microbiome balancer. If you do have Candida I recommend you use it on your skin to support your immune system overcome the infection even if it is in your gut, too.  It can be used as a low SPF sunscreen, which means it will need to be reapplied as needed.

Introducing the amazing desert plant, chaparral. I learned about chaparral while studying herbal medicine in the desert. If you don’t have access to the desert, you can substitute rosemary (which you can purchase at natural foods market in the fresh herbs section, but it won’t have the same power as chaparral. You can also order dried chaparral from many companies including Starwest Herbs and Mountain Rose Herbs. Follow the same instructions in the video.)


Part 1: Making the Oil 

In this video, you’ll learn how to make Chaparral Oil. I made this batch during my road trip across the country.


Before you attempt at making this oil, give the leaves at least 24 hours to dry out a little.

Put the plant inside a jar and cover with olive oil.

Take off most of the stems and just keep the leaves for the oil.

There are no specific measurements here, just cover the plant material with oil.

Put a lid on it.

Give you oil  a few weeks and allow it to get warm inside the jar by setting it near a warm appliance, heater, or next to a sunny window.

It needs to be warm. If the oil is cold it cannot pull the constituents out of the plant.


Put in a crockpot or allow to sit in the sun.


When it’s done strain it through a mesh strainer or a cheese cloth.


I recommend using this oil after a shower or a bath all over your body and even on your scalp if you struggle with dandruff.


You can also turn it into a salve using beeswax after you’ve decanted the oil. 


Part 2: Decanting


After sitting in the jar for 2 months, the oil looks super dark.

If you look at the plant matter in the oil, you can see that the leaves are thin because all of the constituents have been pulled out of the plant.


That’s why the oil will appear to have a super dark green color.


To strain you can use a cheese cloth or muslin (unbleached) and you will want to pour the oil into the cheesecloth to separate the plant matter from the oil.


Pour out as much as you can from the jar and then pull the ends of the cheese cloth up and squeeze to get all of the oil out of the plant matter.


You want to store your chaparral oil in a sealed jar.


You can use your chaparral oil when you get out of the shower after your body is dried. Slather on your scalp and all over your body. NOTE: If you put it on your scalp, you will need to wash it with shampoo a few times to get the oil out. 

If sleeping in the oil make sure to wear a shower cap and put a towel on your pillow to protect your sheets.


-Summer Bock