For over a hundred years, our culture closed off their hearts, minds and instincts to the irreplaceable capabilities of nature. We ogled instead modern pharmacology and the lure of its synthetics. But as typically goes the way of temptation, cracks appear in the shiny surface and side effects ooze through. This is where we are in our history – living with the ooze.
Nature though, has laid in wait, no judgment – just patience. She will be here for us as we step into a future where we merge botanical remedies with popular medicine in a harmonic symphony of healing.
Nature is calling us back!
FYI: The word pharmacology is derived from the word pharmakon which in classic Greek means “poison”.
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Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia) – Olivia finds herself in a “room for rent” that smells divinely of lavender. Little does she know that the pretty purple stalks in the vase on the dresser are cleaning the air while they calm her nerves.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) – The musky smell of sage seeps into Olivia’s nostrils as Mrs. Capricci lays a warm poultice across her patient. A moment later, the throbbing pain in Olivia’s bruised chest slides out of focus as she relinquishes to a deep sleep.
Comfrey (Symphytum) – When Benito is sent to gather healing ingredients in a sketchy part of town, he finds himself mesmerized by an old woman and her peculiar apothecary. The comfrey he purchases mends his injured daughter while the lingering fragrances stimulate one of his best ideas yet.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) – Under constant pressure, the Alfieri family members suffer from headaches and debilitating muscle spasms. They turn to peppermint oil to ward off the pain and reduce the spasms. And peppermint tea becomes the go to for keeping their nerves in check.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – Forced into the wild with no supplies, Domingo and his sister, Isabella flee for their lives. But in the dark of night, danger takes on a different form and Domingo is savagely injured. Isabella searches for help in the moonlight and once found, she chews and spits the leaves of a yarrow plant to prevent infection from taking hold in her brother’s wounds.
Dandelion (Taraxacum) – At a meeting of El Guardia Legado, Marco attempts to convince a member who’s been diagnosed with cancer to reject chemotherapy. Instead, he enthusiastically describes the process of making curative tea from the dandelion root using an incubator, a hammer and an old frying pan.
Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) – To strengthen Olivia’s tired blood and injured kidneys, Mrs. Capricci loads the homemade dishes she cooks with lots of parsley. Funny, Olivia’s never mentioned her condition. It’s a mystery how Mrs. Capricci seems to know everything – about everything.
Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Mill.) – It’s hard to stay inconspicuous with cuts and bruises all over you. But inconspicuous is what Marco needs to be right now. So, he slices an aloe vera frond, slathers it on his skin and prays for quick results.
Honey – The cuts on Carly’s arms are cause for concern. Marco looks to his pantry for the perfect antibacterial that will also keep the wound moist and provide a barrier against infection. He slips the jar of honey into Brian’s hands and instructs him to slather it on his sister’s cuts a few times a day.