Chamise was used by Native Americans for a variety of medicinal purposes. Sprinkled on the hot rocks in a sweat lodge, Chamise has been used to prevent, and help cure cancers of the skin. Chamise oils were used to treat skin infections, and an
infusion of the bark and leaves was used for syphilis.
Spanish-Mexicans called chamise “Yerba del Pasmo”, which means “herb of the spasm”. They, and the Native Americans, found it to be a good remedy for colds, convulsions, snake bites, cramps, lockjaw, and inflammations. Native Americans used the foliage, when fried in grease, becomes a healing ointment for extreme burns or prolonged sun exposure.