Books by Rosita

Over Twenty Years of History & Stories


My Apprenticeship with a
Maya Healer

A compelling drama of American herbologist Rosita Arvigo's quest to preserve the knowledge of Don Elijio Panti, one of the last surviving and most respected traditional healers in the rainforest of Belize.

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Rainforest Home Remedies

The Maya Way to Heal Your Body & Replenish Your Soul

A practical, highly useful guide to healthy living and traditional wisdom. Arvigo artfully blends an insightful view of common modern ailments with ancient treatments of Central America.

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The Urban Herbalist

A Guide to Medicinal Plants of American Cities

Rosita has written a book for city dwellers who long to know more about the healing gifts of nature. Here are 78 fascinating medicinal plants for you to discover right outside your door in your local neighborhood, city parks, and empty lots.

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Plantas Medicinales

usadas en el norte de Guanajuato

A bi-lingual book in English and Spanish featuring forty-seven common medicinal plants of Northern Mexico where Rosita spends one month of every year in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. There she spends her time lecturing and studying Aztec medicine with traditional healers.

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Spiritual Bathing

The Illustrated Guide to Spiritual Water Rituals

Since ancient times, people have engaged in spiritual bathing—a soothing and restorative practice that rejuvenates the body, mind, and soul. Spiritual baths promote health and have been proven to aid in the treatment of anxiety, grief, insomnia, and depression.

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The Oracle of Ix Chel

Rosita's First Book of Historical Fiction

Set in the ancient Maya city of Chichen, this novel tells the story of Jade Skirt, Oracle and High Priestess of the Goddess Ix Chel during a critical time in history when the Maya are turning away from peaceful worship of the goddess and embracing the brutal practice of human sacrifice.

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Food of the Gods

Vegetarian Cooking in Belize

A vegetarian cookbook with innovative ideas for every meals, snacks and drinks. Common ingredients found around the world.

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Rainforest Remedies

100 Healing Herbs of Belize

A compilation of the one hundred most important medicinal plants of the country of Belize. Published in 1998, it is a result of nine years of research and interviews with more than a dozen traditional healers from Belize of different cultural backgrounds.

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Messages from the Gods

A Guide to the Useful Plants of Belize

A definitive resource on the many species of plants in Belize and their folklore, as well as the natural history of the region and a detailed discussion of “bush” uses of plants, including for traditional healing and life in the forest, past and present.

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The Island of Women

Sequel to The Oracle of Ix Chel

Caught in a web of political intrigue, prophesies and visions, it is up to Jade Skirt and her granddaughter to protect the holy sanctuary for women and secure a peaceful future for the Maya people.

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