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The Village Pharmacy: The Neem or Tea Tree

Neem (Azadirachta indica) or “tea tree” is a medicinal tree found in several regions of Mexico and locally in Huatulco. The Neem tree is originally from India and Burma and was introduced in Mexico in tropical and subtropical areas. It is an evergreen member of the Mahogany tree family Meliaceae. According to ancient texts, the tree […]

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Oh, the Salty, Salty Sea

By Julie Etra for The Eye Magazine Salt content of the seas and oceans varies as do the types of salts they contain. The simple definition of a salt is any chemical compound formed from the reaction of an acid with a base, or cations (positively charged ions) and anions (negatively charged ions), to produce […]

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The Origin of Chocolate

Personally, I can’t imagine a world without chocolate, but before Cortez conquered Mexico it did not exist in Europe. In fact, it was centuries later before the confection that we know today came into being. In Mexico, where chocolate originated, it was not a sweet treat, but a bitter tasting beverage, mixed with chile and […]

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