Felicia - Guest Writer

Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz is an indigenous foods activists, medicine maker, natural foods chef, and curandera. Her holistic wellness background spans over 25 years, working with grassroots activists, tribal leaders, top wellness resorts, and professional athletes. In her first book, Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera, She shares her expertise, time honored natural remedies, and life balancing regimens in a movement to reclaim the kitchen healer approach to health and wellness with indigenous wisdom, and whole food cooking.

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A Story of Earth Medicines

Curanderismo is a 500-year-old traditional healing practice that is still in existence today. It is influenced by Spanish, indigenous Mexican, the Moors, West African, and Native American traditional healing practices, and is a result of the blending of these cultures during colonization. In my community, many of our grandmothers, and grandfathers, and aunties, and mothers are all curanderas. They might not introduce themselves as such, but our community recognizes them, depending on what their area of expertise is. In my culture we have always been taught that you are not a curandera until your community acknowledges you as one. It took me 23 years before my community of elders felt that I was ready. In 2018, after decades of continuous learning, my teachers and elders said, “You know what? We recognize you as a curandera, it’s time for you to address yourself that way.” I was already teaching workshops and working with people as an herbalist, but finally I could say, “I am a curandera.”

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Felicia - Guest Writer

Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz is an indigenous foods activists, medicine maker, natural foods chef, and curandera. Her holistic wellness background spans over 25 years, working with grassroots activists, tribal leaders, top wellness resorts, and professional athletes. In her first book, Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera, She shares her expertise, time honored natural remedies, and life balancing regimens in a movement to reclaim the kitchen healer approach to health and wellness with indigenous wisdom, and whole food cooking.

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A Story of Earth Medicines

Earth Medicines: Ancestral Wisdom, Healing Recipes, and Wellness Rituals from a Curandera is now available! Learn more about the author Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz.
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February 3, 2022