The Berrocal Sandoval family owns a large and well-known farm located in La Fortuna. The owner, Cristina, primarily uses the farm for growing medicinal plants, but also uses it to raise chickens, and grow vegetables. In addition to maintaining her farm, Cristina is also part of The Ecology Group of Women Abanico (GEMA). GEMA is an organization that was created to have a community of women who come together and share lessons that were passed down by their mothers and grandmothers on medicinal plants and remedies. To this day, there are 10 women who are part of GEMA and Christina is one of them. On each farm there are approximately 29 different medicinal plants. The women use GEMA’s machinery to package the medicinal herbs and teas to sell them. Christina specializes in making a homemade shampoo through a process she performs right on the farm. The eggs that are hatched in her chicken coops are used at the local ego-hotel that her sister owns. Christina strives to make the farm as sustainable as she possibly can.
Medicinal Herbs and Uses
Medicinal plants have been used for centuries to cure diseases as well as relive physical suffering.
The medicinal plants on the farm ranged in plants that could simply help stress and relax you to plants that could relieve the pain on arthritis. Christina explained the taste of each medicinal plant as well as what it can do for you body and how to prepare the herb. Some of the medicinal plants included; Naranjo agrio-Bitter Orange-used for the brain against altered nerves, insomnia, and headaches.
Herbia Buena-Spearmint-strengthens the stomach against colic in children and adults.
Oregano-condiment that relieves bronchial infections, asthma, and coughs.
Malva-Common Mallow-used as digestive tonic to work against inflammation of tonsils.
Salvia Virgen-Salvia-helps asthma and calms the nerves when it relieves headaches and other sicknesses.
The volunteer work that was participated in was cutting down plants for the chickens, feeding them, and supplying water for them. The plants that were fed to the chickens needed to be cut down with machetes. Once they were cut, four different piles were created which were then tied together to hang within the chicken coop. The plant that was used to feed the chickens holds many nutrients that keep the chickens healthy. With helping hands from the volunteers, feeding and giving water to the chickens was an easy task compared to normal. It was extremely helpful for Christina to have the volunteers because on a regular day she would be doing it alone.
Author: Sierra DiMartino