Sunday, January 22, 2017

Taxco

Taxco is associated with silver, both with the mining of it and other metals and for the crafting of it into jewelry. Today, mining is no longer a mainstay of the city's economy. The city's reputation for silver work, along with its picturesque homes and surrounding landscapes, have made tourism the main economic activity.











The Parish of Santa Prisca y San Sebastían, commonly referred to as the Santa Prisca Church, is located on the east side of the main plaza of Taxco, and is one of the few Baroque buildings in the state of Guerrero.


It was built between 1751 and 1758 by José de la Borda who had made a fortune in the silver mines surrounding the town. 













                                                       Monumental Christ in Atachi Hills


  The town is filled with silver shops and jewelry makers.

















Thursday, December 22, 2016

Homeless Street Dogs


We have found dozens of homeless and abused dogs, and have taken in a few. Unfortunately there are no  resources in our area to help these poor creatures. These dogs have no one to take care of them and love them. If anyone can help by taking in a dog, or with a contribution, please contact Andrew.



The two puppies above were found in the road, almost run over.
We found them a new home.



This is Flaca and her pups were found in a hole.
We adopted them.



No one seems to want older dogs, but they will take the pups.


This poor boy is blind, and homeless but at least people in the neighborhood feed him.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Gnaphalium oxyphyllum


                            Gordolobo


The origin of Gnaphalium oxyphyllum is unknown but the plant inhabits warm, temperate climates. The common name for this plant in Mexico is Gordolobo. Gordolobo is a wild plant that grows in cultivated, irrigated and abandoned fields.  Plant can be found in the Thorn Forest and the Pine-Oak Forest regions.


The cough is the condition for which this species is most frequently used in some states of central Mexico (Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Michoacán and Sonora). It is also very useful in chest problems, throat infections, bronchitis, asthma, and as a decongestant. Gordolobo is also used in the treatment of ulcers, stomach pain and intestinal parasites. 

The whole plant is used for cough. An infusion is made using milk along with other plants of the same genus and is taken on an empty stomach for nine days, if the cough is chronic, only the flowers are boiled in milk to be taken three times a day. Sometimes the branches with leaves are boiled together with Pinus montezumae (ocote).

Gnaphalium oxyphyllum is anthelmintic (Expels worms), expectorant (Promotes the discharge of matter from the lungs), antitussive (cough suppresent), and emollient (softening and soothing, especially to the skin).




Monday, December 12, 2016

Quinceañera


An important celebration in Mexican culture is the tradition of the quinceañera. This constitutes a ceremony on a girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her passage to womanhood, to give thanks to God for his blessings, and to present a young woman to the community. 





Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ricinus communis


Castor bean, from its original habitat in Africa, is a favorite plant in gardens both north and south. In some parts of Mexico it is cultivated as a crop, for the production of castor oil. In my area the plant can easily be found along roadsides and fields.

Expressed from the castor bean (seed), castor oil has an unpleasant, acrid taste. Castor oil was often joked about in movies when given to infants and young children, because of  it's awful taste. All parts of the plant, especially the seeds are poisonous to humans and animals. The toxic action is due to ricin, a severe irritant that produces nausea, vomiting, gastric pain, diarrhea, thirst, and dimness of vision. Ricin causes red blood cells to dissolve. 12 castor beans are believed to be fatal for an adult, but there are documented cases in which a single bean has been lethal when eaten. 

The beans are prickly, sometimes strikingly colored; they contain three seeds shaped like a large tick (Ricinus means tick in Latin). Other names for the plant are Castor Bean, Mexico Seed, Castor Oil Plant, Castor Oil Bush, Palma Christi, and Higuerilla. 

Castor Oil is used internally in folk medicine for acute constipation, intestinal inflammation, for removal of worms, and as a form of birth control. In Chinese medicine castor oil is used to treat sore throat, facial paralysis, dry stool, ulcers and festering inflammation of the skin. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used for dyspeptic complaints and joint pains. In Homopathic medicine it is used to treat diarrhea.