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September 2018

Mayan Capsicum annum

Researchers from several universities, including UCLA and UC Davis, used ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) MS-MS…

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August 2018

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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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

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

The Codices: Mayan Written Records

The written record of the Mayan people is called a codex. The Mayans made their…

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The Gumbo Limbo Tree and Its Cousin

The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) is from the same family as our frankincense varieties:…

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May 2018

The Mayan Gumbo Limbo Tree

The gumbo limbo tree (Bursera simaruba) grows from southern Florida, through Mexico and Central America,…

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