Curandero’s Apothecary

Herbs & VeggiesThe cultural mosaic of music, art, dance and food is a unified process for the well being and homeostasis of concerned individuals that seek change in a contaminated world.

Raíces Cultural Center is pleased to announce a new branch of its ever extending tree. “The Curandero’s Apothecary” will revisit age old spiritual, healing and herbal practices, specifically from the Caribbean, but through the modern global lens as well. Our readers will be able to access the wealth of knowledge handed down through the oral traditions of our ancestors, and their approach to illness and disease.

In a world filled with spiritless health practitioners and faulty health practices, we will focus on the lost connections between nature and the human experience. We will address the social concerns of an ever increasing population that is beginning to feel the negative effects of a sick food system and unsustainable environment.

Organic and holistic methods of growing and cultivating herbs, vegetables and other edibles will be expressed through our online publications and discussion forums.

If you are an environmentally conscientious person who has chosen to invest in local organically grown herbs, food and/or live stock, then stop by frequently and share in the process of looking at health in a different way, by integrating soil, plant, sound and soul from cultural traditions that have practiced these ways of living for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Our sincere hope is to present information that can better the way we all live and thereby reduce the carbon footprint that has produced a negative impact on our biology and planet.

Welcome!
Francisco G. Gómez
Director, Raíces Cultural Center

  • Herbal Pain Relief Workshop 11.21.17 – Handouts November 22, 2017 Greetings Friends, Here are the handouts that you may not have gotten at the workshop because we ran out:                 You can also view the photo gallery from the program here. Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailGoogleLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like Loading...
  • Culantro/ Cilantro: No, It’s Not the Same! May 30, 2016 by Angela Lugo Culantro (Eryngium foetidum L.,Apiaceae) is both a cooking and medicinal herb well known in the Caribbean, West Indies and the Far East. It is a biennial herb indigenous to continental tropical America and the West Indies. The herb is commonly found along moist or shaded pathways and in heavy soils. In these areas, ...
  • Pawpaw (Asimina Triloba) – Edible Fruit with Medicinal Properties May 5, 2016 by Francisco G. Gómez   The first mention of pawpaw came about in the 16th century from a Portuguese officer who was part of Hernando Cortez’s expedition to the New World. He spoke of it solely from the perspective of food, without knowing of its medicinal and curative properties. Here is a paper written by José I. ...
  • D.I.Y. Fridays – Making Herbal Tinctures November 20, 2015 by Nicole Wines Tinctures are an easy way to make a powerful medicine from the herbs grown in your garden or those found throughout your yard or the wild.  Tinctures, in short, are an herbal extract made using alcohol as the solvent.  This base allows your body to absorb the herbal properties quickly. It is also ...
  • What Is the Matrix and How Does It Affect our Health? January 27, 2015 by Francisco G. Gómez To answer that question would take volumes. It would require a vast amount of information on so many areas of human existence, so I will focus on aspects in the area of physical, but more so, mental health created by the matrix and relate a story that came to my attention this ...
  • Is Healing Mind over Matter? April 2, 2014 by Francisco G. Gómez Recently I received a call from a friend informing me that my childhood sweetheart was dying from cancer. This was of no surprise to me because she was always sickly as a child. It took me back many years when I worked part time as an orderly in the Radiology department of ...
  • Could your body ph be acidic, here’s why and check it naturally February 16, 2014 by Francisco G. Gómez Do you ever wonder whether you’re body is too acidic? There are contrasting views on what the proper level of body ph should be; some authorities say somewhere in the middle between acidic and alkaline. And then there are others who say that it should be more alkaline than just the middle. ...
  • Where to find Guanábana / Soursop January 11, 2014   by Francisco G. Gómez As of late Raíces has received a number of e-mails requesting information on how to obtain guanábana. Here in the tristate area it is rather difficult to find this miracle fruit, this is because guanábana naturally grows in the tropics. Guanábana is cultivated in places like Puerto Rico, Hawaii, South America and ...
  • Numen – The Healing Power of Plants October 28, 2013 by Francisco G.Gómez Syllabification: (nu·men) Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞omən/ noun (plural numina /-mənə/) the spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place. Origin: early 17th century: from Latin Above is one of several definitions of numen. Sociologists use the word to refer to the power contained in an object. The Romans used the word to describe how their deities nodded ...
  • Seed, it’s What We Are October 10, 2013 by Francisco G. Gómez Do we ever stop to think about what we really are? No, I’m not talking about your identity or your cultural background; or anything else for that matter, other than what is it that first made each of us biological creatures in the universe. The simple answer to this is that your ...
  • Eco-Living in a Plentiful Way: Plenitud Eco-Educational Initiatives September 15, 2013 by Francisco G. Gómez I was up by 6:30 am as the vibrant sunshine from an incredibly beautiful blue sky was peeping in through the curtains. As I rolled back the sliding doors, the balmy winds from the Atlantic swept across my face and the salty mist entered my nostrils; I was in Puerto Rico, “La ...
  • Visualizing the Possibilities July 16, 2013 by Francisco G. Gómez It seems to be human nature to see ourselves in light of how others see us; what a hindrance this is for our personal progress and growth! By progress I mean what we can accomplish, things like learning a new language, achieving academic success, painting a picture, wearing clothes that we would ...
  • Malanga…Que Bueno! May 22, 2013 When speaking about food that is prepared in Caribbean culinary fashion, Malanga always comes to mind. Continue reading →Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailGoogleLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like Loading...
  • Mata Siguaraya March 20, 2013 by Francisco G. Gómez In Cuba the Yoruba of West Africa are known as Lucumí. The Yoruba were brought as slaves to the island of Cuba in the nineteenth century during the Middle Passage. They are the descendants of diviners and herbalists who understand the mysteries intrinsic in nature. For them, herbs and plants are not ...
  • The Medicinal and Spiritual Properties of Passion Fruit February 27, 2013 by Francisco G. Gómez Passiflora edulis, better known as Passion Fruit, is one of the most beautiful plants I have ever had the pleasure of caring for and using medicinally.  People who grew/grow up in the Caribbean use this plant to make a refreshing drink, also to treat a number of diseases naturally and spiritually. There ...
  • Guanábana – One of Nature’s Miracle Fruits October 26, 2012 by Francisco G. Gómez I just got back from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico last week and I must say that the natural course of life presents many undesirable events that lead to a greater understanding of why those events ever happened at all. I was on the island because a loved one died after ...
  • North African Plants – Treasures From The Desert September 10, 2012 by Carolina Gonzalez Living in the Canary Islands, on the Northwest coast of Africa, makes gardening a challenging task. A six month summer, with desert temperatures and dry, burning African winds allows only the stronger, more water-saving herbs to survive in our weather. In this post, we’ll go through the most powerfully medicinal, magical, and tasty ...
  • Herbal Healing Seminar: Herbal Healing from the Island of Puerto Rico September 3, 2010 On August 29, 2010, Angela Lugo, a native of Puerto Rico and an herbal healing practitioner presented the first in a series of workshops on Herbal Healing. This is a reportback with photos from the presentation. Continue reading →Share this:FacebookTwitterEmailGoogleLinkedInPinterestLike this:Like Loading...