Glossary of Terms used in Herbal Medicine.

glossary/ˈɡlɒs(ə)ri/an alphabetical list of words relating to a specific subject, text, or dialect, with explanations; a brief dictionary. Throughout this blog I use terms that many may not be familiar with. Due to my training as a naturopath and herbalist I tend to use the terms I was taught without thinking that others may not have a clue about the words I am babbling forth. … Continue reading Glossary of Terms used in Herbal Medicine.

Achiote (Annatto)

Alo called : urucum, açafrão , açafroa , açafroeria-de-terra (Brazil), axiote (Mexico), bija (Peru, Cuba), santo-domingo (Puerto Rico), urucu (Argentina, Bolivia), bixa (Guyana), analto (Honduras), onotto, onotillo (Venezuela), guajachote (El Salvador), lipstick tree Achiote is a Yucatecan spice obtained from the seeds of the Bixa orellana shrub/tree. Achiote held a sacred function for the Mayas and Aztecs as an extract of the plant was regarded as a symbolic … Continue reading Achiote (Annatto)

Quelite : Verdolagas : Purslane

Portulaca oleracea, also called : pigweed, verdolagas (en Español), ma chi xian (Chinese), munyeroo (Australian Aboriginal name), gulasiman (Phillipines), kulfa (Hindi), pursley Like many of the quelites, purslane is an agricultural weed of the milpa (1) which is also an important and valuable nutritional plant. Purslane is a common urban weed. a multi cropped field primarily centred around the maize plant but which may also include … Continue reading Quelite : Verdolagas : Purslane

Quelite : Sowthistle : Sonchus oleraceus

also called : smooth sowthistle, milk thistle (1), rauriki, pūhā, pūwhā, pororua, lechuguilla, cola de zorra (foxtail), colewort, hares lettuce, hares thistle, rabbit thistle, kŭcài (苦菜)(bitter vegetable) The plant usually known as milk thistle is a completely different plant, Silybum marianum, which is also known as Saint Mary’s Thistle and is in itself a valuable herbal medicine. Another plant introduced into Mexico that can be … Continue reading Quelite : Sowthistle : Sonchus oleraceus

Axayácatl (Ahuautli)

Mesoamericans ate a wide range of insects. The Aztecs (and modern “in the know” locals) ate ahuautli. Ahuautli is the name for the edible eggs of an aquatic fly in the Corixidae or Notonectidae families. They are found in the lakes of the México basin. The eggs (like michihuautli)(1) look (and supposedly taste) like fish roe. Cakes of it were (and still are) made which are dried … Continue reading Axayácatl (Ahuautli)


also called romerillo, seepweed, seablite, quelite salado (salty quelite), inkweed, Mojave seablite, shrubby seepweed Romeritos – “little rosemary” (Suaeda torreyana), is so named due to its superficial resemblance to Rosemary. It is an example of a wild plant that, due to its popularity, is now required in commercial quantities. Surveys performed by INEGI (1) have found that gardens in and around Mexico City are responsible for the … Continue reading Romeritos