Curandera Garden Plan

In designing a curandera garden for our Desert Oasis Teaching Garden, the hardest part was probably deciding which plants i wanted to use. I wanted most if not all of the plants to have medicinal properties that a lot of students would find helpful, so I focused on the common ailments as I browsed Michael…

The Magical Realm of Curanderismo

Curanderismo is the name for the conglomeration of techniques used in traditional Mexican healing. It originated in the native people of Mexico, most notably the Aztecs, Mayans, and Zapotecs, and when the Spanish arrived and colonized the land, the Spanish herbs and Catholic traditions fused with the already-present native methods of healing. Curanderismo includes massage, acupuncture, and…

Traveling Back to Mexican Roots with RAICES

On May 3, I attended the RAICES conference on traditional medicine. It was at the Raymond G. Sanchez community center, and lasted for five hours total, though I only stayed for three. RAICES is a community group that sells and teaches traditional Mexican medicine. The name, RAICES, is a Spanish word meaning “roots”, and is also…