Curanderismo stresses healing approaches that you can use for yourself and for others. “I am my own healer” is a core understanding of this tradition. Through achieving your own healing you can also contribute to helping to heal people around you, in your communities. This can be as passive as a gentle unfolding or as active are you would like to make it.
One of the key strengths of Curanderismo is that many different cultures and healing traditions have contributed to its evolution and what is included. This folk healing arena begins with traditional indigenous healing practices and knowledge from Mexico (centuries of indigenous knowledge) and has been added to through Spanish healings, influenced by the North African Moor/Arabic and other African approaches,and Jewish ones too. One example is the widespread use of rosemary and basil in healing sessions and teas in Mexico. These plants came from Spain and were added to the library of over 2000 plants the Aztecs where already using.
Plants and gardens are one of the key aspects of curanderismo: through their use in teas, creams, in cleansing healing sessions, their scents, their use in sweatlodge healing, their colours.