Eco Journal: Maya Traditional Healing
TUESDAY July 26, 2011 – Today’s post involves a journal of four eco campers that are bunk mates. In the picture from left to right, the eco campers are Elias Alamina from Belize City (Belize District), Alex Atkinson from San Pedro Columbia (Toledo District), Jaron Pakeman from St. Paul’s Village (Belize District), and Giovanni Pinelo from Benque Viejo del Carmen (Cayo District).
They are bright kids and they have a lot to share about what they learned during their fourth day at Eco Camp. The day theme was Maya Traditional Healing and here are their favorite alternative medicine remedies.
Elias – My favorite traditional remedy is using the Bull Horn Plant. This is a very important plant because it can save your life if you are ever in the jungle and you get bitten by a venomous snake. To use, take the bark or root and simply chew on it as much as possible. This remedy will not remove the venom but it will slow down the poison from spreading through your blood stream and grant you extra time to reach a hospital for treatment.
Alex – My favorite traditional remedy is using the Thick Oregano – it is great for earache! First you must slowly heat the leave(s) over a fire or a comal as the ancient Maya did and then you hold it over your patient’s ear, squeeze three drops in and rub your fingers three times behind the ear lubes. The pain should ease or come off shortly after!
Jaron – My favorite traditional remedy is using Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is great for soothing headaches, burns and for strong healthy hair. If you have a headache, split the plant in half and put the slimy part against your forehead. For healthy hair, rub the slimy sap on your hair and leave it for a while before washing it out. You can also put the slimy sap on burns and sores to soothe pain.
Giovanni – My favorite traditional remedy is using the Hibiscus flower. The Hibiscus is great for skin conditions and especially for acne. To prepare, take off the petals, put it in some water and crush it up. When the water turns red, rub it on your face and leave it for a while. When your face dries, you will see that your skin is cleansed and smooth!
One of the aims of Chaa Creek for sponsoring this eco camp is hoping to instill memorable values in the children so that they care about Belize’s natural resources. With the awareness and learning ability that these kids are showing, we can rest assure that Belize will have a bright future.
Tomorrow’s theme of the day is Land Conservation.
To read yesterday’s story, click here: Ancient Maya lessons at Chaa Creek, Belize
The day before was Eco Kids learn about Belize’s Biodiversity and Conservation
Or check out what happened on the first day: Chaa Creek’s Eco Kids Camp 2011 commences