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Connecting with one’s roots through traditional medicine can be a transformative and uplifting experience, as I discovered during a month-long visit to Costa Rica, my mother's homeland. Despite arriving with physical and mental health challenges, my mother's care and the use of local herbs for remedies provided profound healing, highlighting the importance of cultural heritage, natural remedies, and the nurturing presence of loved ones in the healing process.

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Originally published on American Herbalist Guild site Whether it involved tending to houseplants or using herbs in everyday life, plants have always been an important part of my maternal family’s dynamic – the primary source of nutrition and medicine. I was raised in a household with a mother, Xinia (pronounced See-nia), who took every opportunity to share her knowledge and instill a deep appreciation for the healing that nature could bring, inspiring me to embrace food as medicine and the beauty all around us, whether found in a field of white clover or the most delicate damascus rose. This is...

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