herbal healing


Raíces Cultural Center started off 2020 on a positive note as we received notifications of both Arts and History Program Grants from the Middlesex County Office of Arts and History (MCOAH). The Arts Program that was awarded funding is our 2020 Bombazos del Batey program series. In these community events, […]

Raíces Awarded Middlesex County Office of Arts & History Program ...





by Nicole Wines Tinctures are an easy way to make a powerful medicine from the herbs grown in your garden or those found throughout your yard or the wild.  Tinctures, in short, are an herbal extract made using alcohol as the solvent.  This base allows your body to absorb the […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Making Herbal Tinctures


by Nicole Wines This week’s D.I.Y. is a simple step-by-step tutorial on making your own calendula infused oil.  We grow calendula in all of the Raíces EcoCulture garden plots so the blooms are always in abundance. We only remove flowers from about half of our plants and leave the remaining […]

D.I.Y. Fridays – Calendula Infused Oil


  by Francisco G. Gómez As of late Raíces has received a number of e-mails requesting information on how to obtain guanábana. Here in the tristate area it is rather difficult to find this miracle fruit, this is because guanábana naturally grows in the tropics. Guanábana is cultivated in places […]

Where to find Guanábana / Soursop



by Francisco G.Gómez Syllabification: (nu·men) Pronunciation: /ˈn(y)o͞omən/ noun (plural numina /-mənə/) the spirit or divine power presiding over a thing or place. Origin: early 17th century: from Latin Above is one of several definitions of numen. Sociologists use the word to refer to the power contained in an object. The […]

Numen – The Healing Power of Plants


by Carolina Gonzalez Living in the Canary Islands, on the Northwest coast of Africa, makes gardening a challenging task. A six month summer, with desert temperatures and dry, burning African winds allows only the stronger, more water-saving herbs to survive in our weather. In this post, we’ll go through the […]

North African Plants – Treasures From The Desert