Took this photo just in front of the Casita.
Brittlebush. Encelia farinosa (Incienso in spanish).
-The resin collected from the base of the plant, yellowish to brown in color, can be heated and used as a glue.
-A different sort of resin is collected from the upper stems, is more gummy and generally a clear yellow. Use this to seal pottery vessels.
-Early Spanish friars learned that the resin made a highly fragrant incense.
-Children use upper stem resin as a passable chewing gum.
-Oldtime cowboys used brittlebush stem as a fine toothbrush. Simply select a largish branch and peel off the bitter bark, no need for toothpaste.
-Medicinal: Use brittlebush to treat toothache. For toothache the bark is removed, the branch heated in ashes, and then placed in the mouth to “harden” a loose tooth.