Medicinal Garden

Our greenhouse and a section of our herb garden. We grow much of our own sacred medicine on our land to make our own teas, tinctures, salves and super foods.

 

Aloe Vera: Although this medicine is commonly used for burns, we also use Aloe in our smoothies, and morning super food shots. Aloe lubricates the digestive system, and cools and cleans the skin from the inside out when ingested.

Ayahuasca Vine: Our most revered and sacred medicine, la abuelita curandera. This ancient plant medicine releases us from our bondage to old ideas and happen that keep us trapped in human suffering, and allows us to experience the cosmic-multi-dimensional-inter-galactic realities beyond our minds’ delusions. She also pulls stuck toxins and energy from our organs and blood and releases them in purge. Deep gratitude for our wise grandmother healer. 

Bobinsana: The medicine of the beautiful bobinsana tree is in her bark and roots. As the Amazonian indigenous taught us, we dry the root and bark for tea, and make tinctures out of the bark. This medicine treats rheumatism, arthritis, colds, uterine disorders, and water retention. It is also considered to enhance lucidity in our dreams and wakefulness.

Cacao: The beautiful cacao trees are scattered throughout our retreat center. When the fruit is yellow, we harvest them and remove the seeds from the sweet cacao meat. We dry the seeds in the sun, roast them over the fire, grind them, and then pack them into balls to store for our use in chocolate making, power smoothies and cacao ceremonies.

Cinnamon: We harvest both the bark and leaves of cinnamon for our teas, tinctures and salves. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal and lowers blood sugar.

Cucuracha (Wandering Jew):

Dandelion: A little bitter makes a salad better. Even just one leaf of this bitter green is a potent detoxifier. When ingested it assists in purifying gall bladder, kidney and urinary disorders, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis, hypoglycemia, dyspepsia with constipation, edema associated with high blood pressure and heart weakness, chronic joint and skin complaints, gout, eczema and acne. When made into a tincture, dandelion strengthens the kidneys. We also use this medicine to make salves because of her antibacterial properties.

Ginger: We use ginger in our golden milk, smoothies, and teas daily! One of the most powerful medicines the earth has given us, ginger is a healer of nausea, bacterial and fungal infections, immune booster, and digestion.

Golden Shower Tree:

Gotu Kola: 

Hibiscus: We harvest this beautiful flower to dry for teas, and infuse into some of our kombucha brews. We also incorporate her into our salves. Hibiscus supports upper respiratory health including the throat, alleviates constipation, and promotes proper blood circulation and pressure. Topically it is used to maintain health skin and can be used for burns and acne treatment.

Juanilama: This pungent herb is great as a garnish on salads, fruit and pinto! We harvest her leaves to dry for tea. This medicine has digestive soothing effects as well as somatic, sedative, antidepressant, and analgesic properties.

Katuk: The tropical, sweet spinach! We harvest her leaves daily for our salads, stir fry, and pesto. Katuk is a great source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, vitamin A, B, and C.

Lantana:

Lemon Grass: This medicine grows in great abundance all over our land. We use this herb to make teas daily, and also to infuse our steam room with her sweet citrus aroma. She is also an ingredient in our salves and tinctures.

Lemongrass contains citral, which inhibits microbial and bacterial growth in the body, both internally and externally. We use this herb for infections in the colon, stomach, urinary tract and respiratory system. Its leaves and stems are high in folic acid and essential B vitamins.

Noni: One of the most medicinal foods that grows in the tropics. We harvest our noni when the mother tree releases her fruit to the earth, taking only what is offered to us as a form of gratitude and respect for this precious gift. We put noni in our smoothies, and because of her pungent taste we use her to make our vegan “blue cheese” salad dressing. We also harvest her leaves to place over wounds.

Noni contains many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including: Vitamin B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, E, beta carotene, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, quercetin, vanillin, pinoresinol, proxeronine, kaempferol, & isoscopoletin. This superfood aids in muscle pain, wound healing, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, liver strength, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, and pretty much everything else.

Papaya:

Pipa: Young coconut water – the elixir of God! We drink coconut water straight from the coconut. We use the meat to make coconut milk, and the left over pulp from the milk to make tasty vegan desserts. Pipa water is high is potassium,  simple sugar, electrolytes, minerals, bioactive compounds such as cytokinin, and enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, peroxidase, and polymerases. Altogether, these enzymes aid in digestion and metabolism. Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects. Both the coconut meat and water are used for digestion problems, gastritis, ulcers and liver ailments.

Oregano: A pungent medicine for external and internal detox. We use oregano to make tea, tinctures, salves and infuse in our steam room. She is is a antibacterial powerhouse, containing thymol and carvacrol, which mainly fight bacteria that are harmful to the skin and gut. She is also high in antioxidants, manganese, calcium, iron and vitamin K. Her vitamins and minerals support heart, bone and immune health, and acts as a detoxing agent for cancer and candida.

Reishi: Sacred mushroom medicine! We harvest reishi to make tinctures, and powder to mix in with our smoothies, tea, coffee, and other drinks. This is a potent medicine that grounds and calms the nervous system, especially the heart. By restoring equilibrium to our organs, and sensitizing our nervous system, our focus become more sharp, our ability to feel deepens, and our intuitive abilities expand. A true harmonizer of mind, body and spirit.

Star Fruit: Called “carambola” in Costa Rica, Star Fruit is a powerful antioxidant with lots of C and B-complex vitamins. We make juice and jam from the fruit we find falling in abundance from their mother trees. We mainly drink the juice during our monthly liver and gallstone detox routines because of its high malic acid content, which helps loosen material stuck along our intestinal walls.

The dietary fibers of star fruit help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Star fruit is rich in the antioxidants quercetin, epicatechin, and gallic acid. These compounds help protect from deleterious effects of oxygen derived free radicals by warding them off the body. Altogether this fruit helps balance synthetic functions within our bodies.

Tumeric: The star of our golden milk! We blend our homemade coconut milk, black pepper, coconut oil, cinnamon, cardamom and honey as a morning and bedtime tonic to keep our immune systems boosted and our life force energized. Tumeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, blood purifier, helping with treatment and prevention of most cancers, and tumors and general pain.

Water Apple: Although no official research suggests that this delicious fruit is medicinal, we were told by one of the last Indigenous left in Costa Rica that this fruit is anti parasitical. It is a delicious fruit to eat regardless, and in late April we harvest baskets full!

Ylang Ylang: