A Few Herbs, A Prayer And Often A Cure

Josephine Romero, who has lived in the remote mountain village of Truchas, N.M., for 11 years, rarely sees a doctor. When she developed pain in her joints, Romero rubbed them with a liquid made from nine herbs by her neighbor, Sabinita T. Herrera. After two doctors failed to clear up her baby's rash, she followed Herrera's homey advice. To heal a wound on her son's hand, she used encerado, a secret herbal ointment. And to ease her own ulcer, she drank a soothing tea made from Herrera's herbs.

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