Recovering the Medicine of our Ancestors

Recovering the Medicine of our Ancestors

This year the “hierbitas” ( plants) has been taken me to old memories of my grandmother. The smell of the peppermint, brought back the old times when  abuela Olga went to the garden and came back with her hands full of peppermint leaves, she put them in a big jar of boiled water and then.. the […]

Flower Healing Past and Present

Flower Healing Past and Present

This is a good time of year to learn about the healing power of flowers.  Flowers have been and continue to be a significant medicine for all traditional peoples. Flowers are used for spiritual cleansing, for blessings, for celebration, and for mourning.  Flowers are an important part of ceremonies all throughout the cycle of life, […]

Flower Healing

Flower Healing

In March, I journeyed to the Anza Borrego Desert outside of San Diego, California.  I was joyful to be around the plants of my desert dwelling ancestors.  Here is one of the most important plants that I encountered:   Chaparral is one of the oldest living plants on Mother Earth.  Some chaparral plants living in […]

Indigenous Science and Herbal Medicine

Indigenous Science and Herbal Medicine

"Native science, often understood through the tree, is holistic.  Through spiritual processes, it synthesizes or gathers information from the mental, physical, social and cultural/historical realms." Dr. Apela Colorado(1) For thousands of years, indigenous people have had a strong relationship to the natural world.  Indigenous people have their own way of coming to knowledge, their own […]