I have always been into herbs, are you kidding me I’m Mexicana. My Abuelitos always grew them and used them in cooking and as herbal remedios.
So I naturally grew up loving them, also. As soon as I could plant my own herb garden ( I was 19) I did. Usually potted herbs on a window sill or small patio, during my college days. I planted basil, thyme, cilantro, oregano, yerba buena and always lavender. Before, I ever knew of the medicinal value of herbs. I knew intuitively that whenever I smelled certain herbs they either relaxed me such as lavender or thyme. Or energized me such as rosemary.
Many years later I learned turmeric was good for me. And have used it off and on for several years. I also had the opportunity to study essential oils and their value while taking aromatherapy courses, in the early 90’s. I had an excellent teacher from Romania, who taught me how to make face and body products using herbs, essential oils, and everyday kitchen products such as oatmeal, yogurt, avocados, honey, eggs, salt etc.
Several years ago, we were traveling through Albuquerque, NM, in our 5th wheeler. I had slept wrong and had a crick in my neck. We were out and about exploring; eventually our plans were to pick up a few groceries and return to our 5th wheeler. We were driving along when we encountered a grocery store. Mi Corazon and I pulled into it. And lo and behold in this strip mall there was an acupuncturist right next door to the grocery store. Believe me, I do not believe this was coincidental. We looked at each other and I knew Mi Corazon knew exactly what I was thinking as he went into the grocery store and I walked into the Two Red Brothers shop. I walked into a waiting room and was overwhelmed with jar after jar of herbs. I heard quiet voices in back. A young man and elderly woman appeared from back offices. They settled their business. I met Dr. Chilan Mustain, he is one of several Drs. in that office. They are all licensed Doctors of Oriental Medicine who have gone through extensive medical training, and in the state of New Mexico are recognized as Primary Care Providers.
I explained to him my neck was killing me, to the point I had a headache. And could he please see me. He told me he was getting ready to close, but would see me. I felt grateful. He escorted me into his office, we talked. I checked out his exam room for cleanliness and inquired about the needles he would be using for safety reasons. He strategically placed some needles in me. He left as I rested. When he returned shortly he turned or wiggled the needles, he left again. He came back, we talked. He suggested some herbal tinctures, one being turmeric to mix in water and one to apply topically for pain. I think he is a very good dr. and they carry the largest assortment of herbs I have ever seen. They specialize in herb forensics. I also like their sense of humor as their business card states, brothers from different mothers. Check them out.
Mi Corazon was patiently awaiting outside in his truck. We left, I knew it would take awhile before I felt some relief but, I was one happy girl. I know Mi Corazon was happy also. I love herbs, believe in them and always want to be surrounded by them……they make my heart happy.
Here is a small sampling of Two Red Brother’s Products:
Our focus is on tinctures, which are naturally preserved herbal extracts to be taken as a health supplement.
We also make a handful of topical products such as arthritis salves, sports liniments and beauty aids.
Oye, due to our high standards of quality,some products may only be available seasonally.
The following statements, while having been accepted by Indigenous people as true for centuries, have not been approved by the FDA.
Dancing Frog Liniment Topical Spray for Aches and Pains.
Docta Peppa Salve Topical warming massage salve, great for cold type arthritis, or any aches and pains which are better with warmth.
Fibroblaster Internal formula to ease the pain and fuzzy-headedness associated with Fibromyalgia type syndromes.
Maya Jade Trauma liniment spray. Great for sprains, bruises, bumps, contusions and golpes. For topical use only.
Our Nan Bai Yao An aconite free, locally made alternative to the well known stop bleeding and trauma formula. Topical powder.
Turmeric Helpful for many different types of body pain and circulation, but has a special affinity for the neck and shoulders.
Stone Bone Stallone Topical liniment for traumatic injury, healing of broken bones, sprains and fractures.
We’ve Got Legs! For varicose veins, to be taken internally.
Fo Shou Feeling stressed? Need a hand from Buddha? Try this Buddha’s hand tincture. No Buddhas were harmed in the making of this tincture.
Lemon Balm Soothing for anxiety, without causing drowsiness.
Passionflower Relaxing, helpful to promote sleep.
Menage-a-trois-thorn A synergistic combination of three varieties of hawthorn: Mexican, American and Chinese (sounds like a good buffet, no?). Hawthorn is well known for its ability to aid in digestion after a fatty meal and regulate cholesterol (also good for the buffet, no?). Hawthorn is also known to improve circulation and other affairs of the heart. Caution: should NOT be used in pregnancy or in cases of stomach ulcers.
The Muffin Melter By popular demand! We’ve created a weight loss tea that is full of minerals, helpful to curb sugar cravings, encourage digestion and pull fats out of the digestive system. Does not contain caffeine or stimulants. Tincture form coming soon!
Squirrel Tailed Yarrow For fevers, sick kids and menstrual problems including pain.
Teabag the White Tiger Traditional Chinese formula Bai Hu Tang made into teabags. For Big Fever, Big Thirst, Big Pulse and Big Sweat
Allergies!? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Helpful for the itchy eyes, scratchy throat, fuzzy headedness and nasal ick associated with seasonal allergies. Has a wee bit of caffeine.
Allergita Our original allergy formula modified for kids, preggies, and those with an aversion to alcohol. Based in glycerine.
Lung Oil No. 4 Awesome for opening up the lungs! Topical use only.
Lung Revitalizer Great for healing the lungs after chronic illness, also for dealing with addiction, grief, loss, and quitting smoking.
Mullein aka Gordo Lobo Great for lung stuff, and quitting smoking.
Osha Root Great for sore throats, cough and headache.
Sakamoko Opens the nose. Helps with allergies, colds, chronic or acute nasal congestion.
Yerba Mansa is a New Mexico favorite with strong anti-microbial properties. Great for sinus infections, diarrhea, catarrh, some even say it helps with the heat and inflammation of arthritis. This tincture is made from the root leaf and flower, gathered near Las Vegas, NM. That’s a true Southwest Super Star!
Black Walnut So many uses! Anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial; can be used topically for warts, acne, pimples, snake-bites, herpes and athletes foot, or internally for parasites, candida or constipation (to name a few!)
Champion Lover Tea To get you feeling frisky.
Gun Powder Pre-workout powder to be added to a shake to increase stamina and energy, great for weight lifting and cardio alike! Liquid gunpowder coming soon!