I met Ocotillo, Fouquieria splendens, back in 2000 on a wildcrafting trip to Arizona with my herb school class from the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies. This beautiful, majestic, desert dweller immediately captivated my spirit with it's sweet, euphoric, honeysuckle-ish aroma, and it's long, spiny, branches that grow up to about 20 feet.
A few classmates and I decided to get naked in the desert and sit with the blooming Ocotillo after my truck encountered a flat. We ended up spending about three hours with Ocotillo, which included a rad yoga set and meditation with the enormous desert dweller, which was also growing alongside chaparral, another favorite medicinal plant of mine. I have so much gratitude and respect for Ocotillo, and as a medicinal herb it is used for congested fluid in the pelvic region in both men and women. It is used for hemorrhoids, benign prostate enlargement, bladder infections, and tonsillitis. It is also useful in formulas for glandular and lymphatic swellings as well as pleurisy. Ocotillo prefers droughts, and it grows abundantly all over the great Southwest region of the United States.