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Natural Healing with Lentejilla

lentejilla With the number of visits we had to make to the hospital in order to get a prescription refill (See Seguro Popular—A model of inefficiency) it was no big surprise that we picked up a stomach bug and brought it home.  My husband and I just felt a little under the weather for a few days, but my son ended up with the works, aches and pains, fever, vomiting, diarrhea and headache. Being a champ, he complained a bit, but grimly went to school.  However, about an hour later, he called to say that he wanted to be picked up as he had vomited all over his uniform. When he was tucked into bed, I went to talk to my sister-in-law up the hill.   I told her about my son’s unfortunate episode at school and immediately she yanked up a plant  root and all, from the side of the road next to the house.  She told me to make a tea from the root of this plant, she called lentejilla, to help with an upset stomach. root The root of this small plant is a bit stringy and smells sort of like a radish.  I washed the root and set it to boil with just a little bit of water.  My son did not want to drink it.  He said it tasted terrible.  So I had a sip.  I admit it wasn’t sweet, but it wasn’t terrible.  It had an herby, rooty taste.  My husband told him he was going to drink it and that was that.  The cup was empty in no time and back to bed, he went.  He had a second cup in the morning, despite his protests of being “fine now”. Although he still felt weak for the next 2 or three days, there was no more vomiting or diarrhea.  Yeah, another herbal cure! lentajilla So what is lentejilla?  It grows wild all over La Yacata and I had never paid it any attention before.  It grows mostly in areas that had been formerly cultivated, but now are abandoned; hence it’s profligacy in La Yacata.  It is a small green plant with tiny flat, oval leaves and grows little white flowers.  I was unable to find any information about it in my Antiguo Recetario Medicional Azteca book, but it may be there just listed under a different name. In Náhuatl, this herb is called chilacaquilitl or mexixi, in Mazahua it is yo-hi and in Mayan called x-cabal pul.  It is also known as lentejuela, pierna de vieja, kuitiski, meshishi, yuku kue eni, lipajna shla, kabal puut or tskam utsun. Botanically it is either Lepidium intermedium Gray or Lepidium apetalum Millar.  It is also called Peppergrass. No matter what it might be named, it is a useful herb to have around.


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La Curandera–A second reading

These cards, used to play baraja, are also used by curanderas to look into the present, past and future.

These cards, used to play baraja, are also used by curanderas to look into the present, past and future.

Two years later, I had an urge to go and see Chencha again. This time, it was personal. I was concerned that my involvement with the La Yacata business would risk the safety of my family and wanted to ask about it.

So my husband went and got us a number. He went for his consult in the morning and mine was later in the day. What she told him was he had an enemy, a tall white man, who was very envious of him and it would be better if he didn’t hang out with this person anymore. Then she said he still was “salado” very unlucky. He was not to go to any big cities or to leave the country at the moment. And that even in the matters of love, he was out of luck. Also that it was in his best interest not to drink until he healed completely.

So how close was she? Well, he decided that his enemy was our neighbor who could pass for any redneck in Tennessee as long as he didn’t speak. Then my husband had been considering going to Canada to look for work, as again he was out of a job. He was still recovering from a hernia operation and he himself noted that when he drank, the next day his wound ached. But men will be men, and he still drank. As for the love bit. . .well, there was that situation that he didn’t know about, but I didn’t mention that.

So in the afternoon, it was my turn. I prayed with her, just like before. She told me again that I became angry quickly and was slow to forgive and that I would live a long time. She said my finances were stable and that I had an enemy, blond with a big nose, someone who didn’t wish me well. But that didn’t bother me, a lot of people don’t like me. So what? Seemed a good description of Chuchi though.

So then I asked about La Yacata. She said there would be some resolution but it would be better if I distanced myself from these activities because the men that I was working with were in it for their own benefit and that when they got what they wanted out of it, they would leave me holding the bag.

Not 2 weeks later, the president J, resigned from his post at a meeting, leaving us startled and in charge. (The Battle for Power Continues ) I suppose he had gotten what he wanted, although I’m not sure I will ever know exactly what that might have been.

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