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Natural Healing — Flor de Nochebuena

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Most everyone knows that the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) was adopted in the United States as a Christmas decoration when Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, introduced the plant into the United States in 1825. So since this weed was so highly esteemed by the neighbors to the north, the Mexican too adopted this plant as a holy Christian symbol giving it the name Flor de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Flower).

However, it was valued prior to Christianity reached the shores of México. The Poinsettia, or Cuitlaxochitl as it was known in Nahuatl, was used by the pre-Hispanic indigenous people to make clothing dyes and treat fevers.  It was also thought to host the souls of fallen warriors making it a symbol of new life.

Nochebuena grows wild in many areas of Mexico. It isn’t a small potted plant that you may be accustomed to seeing at Christmas though. It can grow between 10 to 15 feet high if left it its own devices.

There is a mistaken belief that the Flor de Nochebuena is toxic. Although other plants in the spurge genus are, the Euphorbia pulcherrima has a low toxicity level. The latex from the sap can cause allergic reactions. If the sap gets into the eye, it may cause temporary blindness. Ingesting parts of the plant is mildly irritating to the stomach and may cause diarrhea and vomiting.

In the states of Guanajuato, Michoacan, Puebla, and Mexico, the sap is applied directly to the skin to treat warts and labial herpes. The latex from the sap is also used as a depilatory in some areas. Apply the sap to the hairy area, allow to dry and then rip off.

In the states of Morelos, Puebla, and Sonora, an infusion of the bracts is used to increase the milk supply of nursing mothers. Sometimes the woman will lick the sap or eat raw leaves as well. This use comes from the Aztec belief that the plant contains milk since the sap it exudes is very milk-like in appearance. In fact, this use was recorded in the Florentine Codex as well as by Francisco Hernandez.

The leaves are used for external inflammations and arthritis. They are warmed and applied directly to the affected area. Fora treatment of a swelling caused by a blow or a bruise, the bracts are boiled to make a poultice then lime is squeezed onto the area which is then wrapped. The ground leaves are also used to treat ringworm.

Infusions made from the bract combined with bugambilia and gordolobo (mullein) are used to treat heart conditions and respiratory infections. Infusions from the bracts are also used in to regulate menstruation. Another decoction from the plant is made to be used externally as a vaginal wash when there is excessive bleeding.

So this year, instead of tossing this decorate plant out after the holidays, perhaps you should add it to your home apothecary. 


If you are interested in learning more about the medicinal value of common Mexican plants….

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Herbal Academy Annual Holiday Sale

All courses on sale now - up to 25% off!

Yippee! Herbal Academy has begun its Annual Holiday Sale! All courses and herbalist path package will be on sale for up to 25% off the regular enrollment price from Tuesday, December 3 until Friday, January 3

As you know, I’ve taken a number of courses from the Herbal Academy and have absolutely LOVED each and every one. 

Take a look at what I thought about the Craft of Herbal Fermentation here.

The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy

Materia Medica was the one that began my love affair with Herbal Academy!

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See what I thought about the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management here.

Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course

Check out my review of the Botany and Wildcrafting Course here.

Learn how to wildcraft and identify plants confidently in the Botany & Wildcrafting Course!

Wait! There’s more!

Register for $50 off the Botanical Skin Care Course for a limited time Preview Lesson from the Introductory Herbal Course Herbalism Courses for all levels

Now’s the time to take advantage of these sale prices! All courses and herbalist path package will be on sale for up to 25% off the regular enrollment price from Tuesday, December 3 until Friday, January 3. The best investment this holidays is in knowledge!

All courses on sale now - up to 25% off!

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Flash Sale– Ultimate Bundles Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle 2019

What's inside Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle

If you remember, in June Ultimate Bundles compiled the Herbs and Essential Oils bundle and were so kind as to include my modest contribution “Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico.”  Well, I’m happy to report that November 18-19 is the final flash sale for this amazing stockpile of information!

For two days only, the bundle, which includes 29 ebooks, 4 printables, and 7 ecourses, is on sale for $37.  If you want the cheat sheets, the price goes up $10. You’ll also have the option to add the Self-Care bundle, which is another incredible set of resources. 

The Herbs and Essential Oils bundle contains 40 products worth over $700 if purchased separately. It will continue to be available until June 2020, but at the price of $49.97. Additionally, the flash sale comes with three bonuses that the regular sale doesn’t include:

  • Puro co – $15 Gift card!
  • The Oil Collection – Pair of leather diffusing earrings (worth $19.99)
  • MadeOn – Cocoa Orange Lotion Bar & Peppermint Lip Balm (worth $16.75)

 So this flash sale is quite a deal!

Buy the bundle now!

So let me just share some of my favorite ecourses. Herbal Academy’s Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus was naturally one of my favorites. Several of the herbs suggested for improved focus and reduced anxiety are even commonly available in Mexico. Score! 

The Healing Powers of Tea was a fun short course. You know how I love herbal teas! More Than Weeds: 5 Common Plants to Forage for Food and Home Remedies highlighted herbs that often grow right in your backyard. I’m still making my way through the 29 eBooks! I never get tired of eBooks about herbs!

If you aren’t interested in these fascinating ecourses, printables and eBooks and only want to get my book, well, then I’m also happy to announce that the eBook version of Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico is now available for pre-order. 

So to recap, in Breaking Herb News, November 18 and 19 are the only two days for the Flash Sale on the Herbs and Essential Oils from Ultimate bundles and my eBook version of my paperback book “Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico” is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Get your bundle now!

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