Ancient Mayan Use of Lemongrass

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus)is also known as “fever grass” to Mayan healers today. Rosita Arvigo writes that she has learned from Mayan healers not to be afraid of fevers. She says they are Mother Nature’s way of fighting off invading organisms. On page 67 of her book, Rainforest Home Remedies, she …

Ancient Mayan Wisdom

Byrsonima crassifolia,the locust tree used in healing by the ancient MayansPhoto by Franz Xaver, GFDL, CC BY-SA 3.0 Byrsonima crassifolia is commonly known today as nance or nanche. This tree was called chi by the Mayan people. In the book Medical Ethnobiology of the Highland Maya of Chiapas, Mexico, the …

Mayan Health Use of Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Earaches for children are an age-old problem. Traditional healer Rosita Arvigo learned from Mayan healers to gather fresh leaves of either oregano, thyme, or basil. She warms the herbal leaves over a low flame until the leaves are limp but not burned. When cool, she then squeezes …

Cedarwood obsessed: Over 5 ways to use it

Want to know a not-so-secret secret? We’re pretty obsessed with Cedarwood essential oil. It can help us get lustrous-looking hair like a sea goddess, a luxurious shave with a divine smell, an even-looking skin tone, deliciously soft skin, and the dreamiest bedtime routine—not to mention the fact that we add …

Mayan Interaction with Plants

The Chiapas shade cuphea, one of the rainforest’s exotic flowers. Photo by Dick Culbert (CC BY 2.0) The ancient Mayan people believed that all plants and trees were sacred conveyors of the life force. They called this life force Chu’lel. We would say this is similar to the Chinese Qi or …

The Heart of Mayan Medicine: Plants

Anthropologists wrote this 500-page book on Mayan herbal remedies. Anthropologists Brent and Eloise Berlin with Mayan colleagues cataloged the Mayan medical uses of plants. Their 500-page book on treatments for just gastrointestinal ailments alone was published by Princeton University in 2015. The authors said Mayan knowledge of health and plants …

Roll with me: 5 DIY roll-ons

We love that there are so many ways to use essential oils. You can add a few drops straight from the bottle for your favorite diffuser recipes, add an infused bath bomb to your nightly soak, or sip a refreshing drink with your favorite Vitality oil blend mixed in! For …

36 ways to use a bottle of essential oil

There are so many creative ways to use all the drops of essential oil in each amber glass oil bottle. In this post, we want to show you how to use essential oils in ways that benefit your daily routine and hopefully help you discover something new. Check out the …

An Exotic Flower Shown as a Mayan Headdress

Flowers from the pseudobombax tree are pictured as part of a Mayan headdress. Photos by K.C. Nixon/Justin and Barbara Kerr. The unique flower of the pseudobombax tree (Pseudobombax ellipticum) was the inspiration for a headdress worn by Mayan nobles as depicted in Mayan art. The unique flower of the pseudobombax tree …

Grab your gear: 7 camping essentials for your summer adventure

Nothing says summer fun like days playing in the sun and nights sleeping under cool, starry skies. Whether you’re packing your bags for beachside camping or hiking into the hinterlands, you won’t want to leave home without a camping kit ready to handle anything your summer adventure throws at you. …