Category Archives: Uncategorized

Natural Healing — Llantén

Photo credit: Robert Flogaus-Faust

Llantén (Plantago major) has many names in Mexico including llantén mayor, llantén de hoja ancha, lengua de carnero, orejas de burro, lengua de vaca, lantén, paletarea, plantén, anten, antena, chile de pato, and mucilago. Several sources also claimed that in Nahuatl this plant was known as acaxīlotl. However, this name actually refers to the root of the tolpatlacti, which is a reed and not the broadleaf plantain. The confusion I believe began from a description of acaxīlotl by Francisco Hernández de Toledo who stated that the leaves of the plant that the edible root is from are similar to llantén (plantain) but larger. 

Llantén grows wild in La Yacata and I had no idea it had any medicinal application until I started researching it. Traditionally, llantén is applied externally for headaches, wounds, burns, insect bites, cold sores, and eye inflammation. Boiled fresh leaves are applied as a healing poultice for wounds. Leaves added to rosewater (Rosa gallica) infusion make a cooling wash for irritated eyes. Leaves applied directly to the cold sore reduce inflammation. Fresh llantén and geranio (Pelargonium spp.) leaves are mashed, salted, and bound to the head to treat headaches. Plantago major has hematopoietic activity, is inhibitory against hyaluronidase and collagenase enzymes, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerative, anti-bacterial, and anti-nociceptive, making it appropriate for wound healing application.

The leaves are made into a diuretic tea, gargle for sore throat and mouth sores, and as a wash for vaginal irritation. Simmer ½ cup of leaves in two cups of water for this infusion. As a diuretic, drink a cup of tea made from two to four grams of dried leaves, three times a day. It has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well as demonstrated effectiveness in the management of oral mucositis and a relaxant effect on the tracheal smooth muscles of the throat. Additionally, llantén is antigiardiasic and protects against kidney damage

Note: Llantén should not be used by individuals with heart conditions, those taking blood-thinning medication, or women who are pregnant or lactating. 

***

Curious about the effectiveness of Mexican herbal remedies? Delve into the science of plants for well-being by:

Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico.

Leave a comment

Filed under Health, Native fauna and flora, Natural Healing, Uncategorized

The Writer’s Toolkit Flash Sale

Last year, my book Book Building: A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Book was included in the Writer’s Toolkit from Ultimate Bundles along with some other really useful stuff for authors and aspiring authors, which was awesome. What is even better is that The Writer’s Toolkit is on sale AGAIN for just a few days so if you missed it the first time around, you’ve got another chance. Isn’t that exciting?

From January 25 until January 27, you can get  6 eBooks, 30 eCourses,  1 Template, and 1 Membership Site for just $97. It’s a little more than many of Ultimate Bundles’ offerings, but having gone through it myself, it is totally worth it if you are an aspiring author (like me).

Additionally, there’s a FREE webinar on Monday, January 24th at 12:30 where you can learn 5 Strategies That Will Make You a More Productive Writer. You can sign up for that event here.

But that’s not all! The bonuses for this bundle are worth over $500. When you order your bundle you’ll get: 

  • 30 Day Trial and exclusive $15 discount code from Literature & Latte Ltd — worth $15
  • The Write Plan Planner from The Write Practice — worth $50
  • 50% off all book cover packages from 100 Covers — worth $150
  • $250 off 1000 Storybooks‘ start to finish Children’s Book Publishing Service — worth $250
  • FREE 12-Month Premium Candidate Membership from ProBlogger — worth $49

This is your last opportunity to get the Writer’s Toolkit with my book Book Building: A Beginner’s Guide to Crafting Your Book through Ultimate Bundles. If you are serious about jumpstarting your writing career, then don’t wait!

Countdown Timer

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

My New 2022 Planner

My artistic friend and personal illustrator, Claudia Guzes, gave me a 2022 planner when we met up for our children’s book series pow-wow in December. I didn’t notice until later that her artwork was on the cover. When I asked her about it, she said the company has contacted her about creating a design. And what a design it was. She illustrated Tonantzin, the mother of all and diety whose holy place became the place the La Virgen de Guadalupe first appeared.

I didn’t notice that Claudia had included this blog as part of her work description until later as well. She mentioned the book we’ve worked on together about Moroleon too. Cool beans! Anyway, the planner is awesome! I’ve already begun filling out my 2022 projects list. 

If you are interested in a uniquely designed 2022 agenda yourself, check out chacharitas.kraft on Instagram or Facebook and see what they have to offer!

Claudia is at the top left!

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized