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August 2018

Mayan Health: All-Purpose Chamomile

We turn again to Rosita Arvigo, the traditional healer and ethnobotanist. She is director of…

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Mayan Health: Multipurpose Rue

The Mayans understood the power of using plants for emotional healing. Rue, however, was used…

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Ancient Mayan Use of Lemongrass

Rosita Arvigo writes that she has learned from Mayan healers not to be afraid of…

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Ancient Mayan Wisdom

Byrsonima crassifolia is commonly known today as nance or nanche. This tree was called chi…

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Mayan Health Use of Basil

Earaches for children are an age-old problem. Traditional healer Rosita Arvigo learned from Mayan healers…

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July 2018

Mayan Interaction with Plants

The ancient Mayan people believed that all plants and trees were sacred conveyors of the…

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The Heart of Mayan Medicine: Plants

Anthropologists Brent and Eloise Berlin with Mayan colleagues cataloged the Mayan medical uses of plants….

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An Exotic Flower Shown as a Mayan Headdress

The unique flower of the pseudobombax tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum) was the inspiration for a headdress…

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The Sacred Ceiba Tree as Art

The ceiba tree (Ceiba pentandra) was believed by the Mayan to stand at earth’s center….

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June 2018

Mayan Art Depicts Natural Plants

The Mayan people were certainly great botanists and artists. They used the images of the…

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