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Natural Healing — Toronjil Morado

I had quite a time identifying the Toronojil Morado (Agastache mexicana) that grows in my garden. The issue came with the general translation of toronjil as lemon balm, also known as Melissa. In certain remedies, these plants are used interchangeably since they both belong to the Lamiaceae family of plants. However, the two plants have very different characteristics.

Toronjil morado (Agastache mexicana) is Mexican giant hyssop and native to Mexico. The indigenous people of central Mexico used toronjil morado (Tzompilihuiz-xihuitl) as an inhalant to treat colds. A white-flowered subspecies, toronjil blanco (Agastache mexicana xolocotziana)(Tzompilihuitz-patli), was used in poultices for wound treatment. Other names for this plant include Toroji (Otomí), Agastaché mexická (Checo), Pinkil (Tepehua), Júpachi, and Noritén. Agastache mexicana was classified as a “hot” treatment (as opposed to dry, wet, and cold). Used in conjunction with ahhuachcho tonatiuh-yxiuh (tonatiuh ixiuh ahuachyo / tonatiuh yxiuh ahhuachcho) and incense (probably copal), it was used as a parasite treatment. 

These days, toronjil morado is used mostly for its sedative effects in the event of espanto or susto (a sudden scare) or mal de ojo (the evil eye) in central Mexico. Don’t be too hasty to dismiss this lovely purple flowing plant because of its main uses, however. It has quite a bit to offer.

According to popular belief, symptoms of espanto or susto (fright) include loss of appetite, insomnia, depression, and paleness, some of which this plant can actually help with. Furthermore, toronjil morado is prescribed for stomach pain, excessive bile (coraje), cough, vomiting, chills, and anxiety, while toronjil blanco (Agastache mexicana xolocotziana) is sometimes taken to treat heart disease. Studies have shown that both varieties are anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, (anti-anxiety), sedative and antioxidant. Toronjil blanco does indeed have anti-hypertensive and vasorelaxant effects, supporting its use for heart disease. According to research, it is toronjil blanco rather than toronjil morado that is more effective in treating stomach ailments such as ulcers, colitis, and abdominal pain. 

Additionally, scientists have found that Agastache mexicana is an effective treatment for asthma, pain associated with inflammation, and can be used as a non-toxic botanical fungicide.

Anxiety Tea

Equal parts:

Boil for 10 minutes. Allow to steep 5 minutes. Strain and serve.

Insomnia Tea

  • 15 to 20 grams of leaves Toronjil Morado (Mexican giant hyssop) (Agastache mexicana)
  • 10 grams of orange tree leaves (Citrus sinensis)

Brew in one liter of water. Strain. Drink one cup before bed.


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Ultimate Bundle Herbs and Essential Oils 2020

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It’s that time again! A new Herbs and Essential Oils offering from Ultimate Bundles is available. Honestly, it’s hard to get essential oils where I live in central Mexico, so I’m only lukewarm about those items. But the herb stuff! Now that’s what I’m talking about!

With COVID and now the flu season kicking into high gear, I’ll be spending just as much time at home as I have for the past few months in self-quarantine. My fingers are tingling to get started on some of the resources in the bundle. Who wouldn’t want to try some Healthy Herbal Sweets? There’s an ecourse for that! EEEK! Exciting!

Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle 2020

Then for those of you homeschooling, there’s a Mom and Me Herb Bundle Lesson with printables to keep those little minds active! And the Quick and Easy Family Favorite Recipes: Use Essential Oils in the Kitchen to Make Your Food POP with Flavor! ebook will liven up your dinner table. 

If you’re looking for gift giving ideas, then you can’t go wrong with the DIY Herbal Gifts for Men, Herbs and Essential Oils in Soap Making, Natural Facial Soaps, and Relaxing Home Spa: 24 Natural Recipes for Self-Care ebooks. 

If you really want to dive into herbal lore, then Medicinal Herbs Materia Medica Starter Pack ebook, The Herb Study Notebook: A Printable Guide to Deepen Your Herbal Knowledge, One Herb at a Time printable, and Making Herbal Preparations 101 by Herbal Academy ecourse are sure to please. You know I’m a big fan of Herbal Academy courses!

If you are interested in what you can do to boost your immunity with herbs, then An Herbal Winter, Simple Remedies for Cold and Flu Season, and the Echinacea 101: How to Use Effectively During Cold and Flu Season ecourses will appeal. The Happy & Healthy Holidays: The Ultimate Guide to Using Essential Oils for Health, Home, & Hosting, Healing Kitchen Herbs: 12 Common Herbs With Powerful Medicinal Benefits, and Herbal Teas for Winter Health ebooks will certainly make interesting reading in that regard as well. 

Available only through the Herbs and Essential Oils 2020 bundle from Ultimate Bundles.

Now, it’s time to toot my own horn here. My latest herbal compilation Traditional Mexican Herbal Remedies is part of the bundle. It includes 20 herbs, or rather 19 and miel sagrado (sacred Melipona honey) and their medicinal use by Mexican healers as well as scientific research on their effectiveness in treating a variety of ailments. This little book is ONLY available through Ultimate Bundles which will ONLY be available November 16 – 20. 

All in all, you’ll get 18 ebooks (including mine), 11 courses, 6 printables and workbooks, worth a total of worth $684.36 for $37. WHOO HEE! I’m all set to liven up my self-quarantine with a little herb action! How about you?

Countdown Timer Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle 2020


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FREE Herb Books

So do I have a treat for you! In this post you can find, not one, not two, but three free herb ebooks for you today! 

Ultimate Bundles has released The Home Remedies Recipe Toolkit in advance of the Herbs and Essential Oils Bundle (that yours truly will be a part of) available next week. It has 54 recipes for cold and flu, first aid, immune support, skincare, as well as herbal remedies for stress reduction and relaxation. It’s only available until November 9, 2020, so don’t delay!

For those of you that live in Mexico, it’s entirely possible that it will be more difficult to find all the herbs the Ultimate Bundle’s 70-page book includes. So, I’ve made my own little book, Traditional Mexican Cold and Flu Remedies just for you. It has 16 herbal remedies used in Mexico and a little bit of information about each ingredient. I’m hoping to add more as I continue my research and I would love to hear what home remedies those of you who live in Mexico have discovered as well!

Finally, the Herbal Academy also has an amazing and FREE Herbal Support for Cold and Flu Season that you should get to add to your wellness library, if you haven’t already done so. It contains the six must-have herbs and seven herbal remedies to boost your immunity naturally.

These handy little books are FREE, so there’s really no reason not to go ahead and get them. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!

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