Monthly Archives: October 2014

Moringa Tree, Miracle Tree, Tree of Life, Drumstick Tree


Moringa Moringa Tree…. We have been encouraged by the owner of the casa we rent to partake of the Moringa tree growing in our yard. He said it cured his Mother’s Diabetes, it is a miracle tree. Dan and I cut a branch and dried it over a couple of days and then added some to our tea to give it a try. We were not fond of the flavor (not dried long enough for sure) and kinda left it at that. Then along came Hurricane Odile, Sept 14th 2014, a category 4 hurricane when it struck the tip of the Baja peninsula, starting at Cabo and churning it’s way north. Todos Santos being about 40 minutes drive north of Cabo, we woke to an apocalyptic scene the morning of the 15th (I say “woke” like anyone in Todos Santos was sleeping that night).The Moringa Tree, on the side of the property facing the storm head on, had lost every single one of it’s leaves and most branches. It was a sorry looking trunk where a big beautiful flourishing tree had been the day before.

Now a month and a scattering of days after the storm I have to share this photo (above) of our “Tree of Life” or “Miracle Tree” or aka “The Drumstick tree” (almost every part of this tree is edible come to find out!). Taller, bigger, full of leaves, bursting with life. Enough of a miracle, yes, for me to lean on the google, and do some reading up on it. Wow. I nibbled a few leaves earlier today, fresh and sweet and very palatable, and feel quite cheered up, it is a natural upper, along with so many other things. Here are some of the benefits of this tree, and some links that I found interesting. In case you find you have a Moringa tree growing in your back yard, or happen across one – they grow in dry desert and sub tropical climates.

From Web MD >

“Moringa is a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make medicine.

Moringa is used for “tired blood” (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections.

Moringa is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), prevent pregnancy, boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production. Some people use it as a nutritional supplement or tonic.

Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent). It is also used topically for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts, and wounds.

Oil from moringa seeds is used in foods, perfume, and hair care products, and as a machine lubricant.

Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world. Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition. The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds are removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach, and they are also dried and powdered for use as a condiment.

The seed cake remaining after oil extraction is used as a fertilizer and also to purify well water and to remove salt from seawater.

How does it work?

Moringa contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells from damage.”


Todos Santos Writers Workshop at Casa Dracula


Todos Santos Writers Work Shop at Casa Dracula January 2015

COoL 🙂 Insert from the web site, thought you might want to know….


Following the successful inaugural launch of the Todos Santos Writers Workshop in January 2014, TSWW is pleased to announce the January 2015 program will take place January 26-31.

The Todos Santos Writers Workshop, a new center for creative writing is a writer’s retreat based in the historic pueblo magico of Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The Todos Santos Writers Workshop offers craft workshops in the art of Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction and Memoir for writers at all levels led by noted authors, editors, and publishing professionals.

All workshop sessions are located at the town’s landmark Casa Dracula, a 19th Century hacienda renowned in local legend and myth. Short stories, poems and essays are read and critiqued by the workshop leaders in a participatory setting. Writers with works-in-progress may also register for one-on-one mentoring sessions for an additional fee.

Special afternoon seminars are often open to the public featuring guest speakers from the ranks of Baja writers and the literary world. The seminars, open to the public, take place in Casa Dracula’s unique courtyard gardens.

Peter Buck discusses music and writing at an afternoon seminar in the courtyard gardens, January 2014.

Todos Santos October


Hola! Survived Odile, here are a few pics. It is now beautiful October, the town has been cleaned and there are lots of improvements in the works, out of the old comes new.  La Esquina, our fav corner coffee shop has re-opened for the season, with wifi, yay. My laptop does not work there, but cells seem to do fine.