Cordoba, See.- Rosemary, lavender, basil, phytolac, castor and mallow They are some of the plants used as medicinal but also for the realization of jams, liqueurs and herbal products in a homemade way. Maximino Maximiliano Puertos, in charge of the agroecological school in the municipality of Chocamán.
With the objective of rescue the ancestral knowledge of traditional medicine As well as giving added value to the produce of the field, they seek to support families by buying plants that they do not have in their “Yoltzin” botanical garden located on a hill in Chocamán.
Supported by a home laboratory where pewter pots, a conventional stove, pressure cookers and kitchen tools are part of his work tool where he makes ointments, jams, flavored liqueurs such as pennyroyal, lemon grass as well as special baths for pregnant women.
He has a degree in herbalism and his wife, Galia Guadalupe, is a pharmacological chemist, her knowledge has made this project of respect and learning about medicinal plants a way of life and economic income for people who are given courses.
The agroecological school, located in the center of Chocamán, has homemade tools that train apprentices in fair trade issues, solidarity economy, planting vegetables in small spaces, caring for this type of medicinal plants, as well as agro-industrialization of products. such as jams and liqueurs as well as cookies and products derived from coffee.
Maximiliano Puertos, commented that this course consists of 3 months and at the end of it they carry out a demonstration of what they have learned by exhibiting products obtained, among their graduates there are people from Chocamán, Zongolica, Zentla, Amatlán de los Reyes, Huatusco, Comapa, Tomatlán , Coscomatepec, among others, “for me it is satisfying to see how an enterprise makes what they have learned, I have former students who have their own brand of coffee liqueur or sapodilla jams and that fills me, because we don’t let these traditions of Mexican herbalism get lost in the medicine ”.
Asked about what is the process of making one of the liquors that he has for sale, he said that a quality plant must be sought that is free of pests, animals and fertilizers, it has a maceration process with whiskey, mezcal, tequila or brandy and this takes 3 months for that reason a ready-made plant is given, then a vaporization process is carried out to obtain perfume from the bush, then it is sweetened to the palate of the person.
He pointed out that it is important not to lose the traditions that are unfortunately moving away from citizens with the arrival of modern medicine, “they prefer to buy a drug that damages the body.”
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On this subject, he spoke about the Covid-19 where he took the natural treatment of 11 confirmed patients of the virus where herbs such as yerbamora y fitolaca They were used to strengthen the immune system and help these patients recover.
The interviewee pointed out that more and more children and young people are interested in this project that even professionals attend the courses in order to start a business, “I have seen modern things such as anise liqueurs, black sapote jam, it is really worth it. shame to see everything ”.
Finally Maximiliano Puertos was proud of his work because he has taught three generations of people who attend the courses, but also because their products are exported to foreign places, “I never thought they would tell me that my products were photographed at the Eiffel Tower, in Machu Picchu or that the Pope would open it to test it, it is something amazing” .
It should be mentioned that he made the invitation to ejido commissariats, municipal agents, religious leaders or municipal authorities and take their health campaigns to their communities, where the herbalist will be a central base for learning.