CENIZO, Texas – As the last remnants of the last of the original Capitanes medicinal plants continue to be found on land once occupied by ranchers, the family who had planted them are celebrating a new milestone.
Capitanea Planta was the first medicinal plant in the Americas.
The family that planted it on the edge of the village of Cenizo, Mexico in 1858 has since been collecting, preserving and caring for the plants for generations.
The family’s oldest son, Carlos, has spent most of his life studying the medicinal properties of the plants and their roots, and has spent the last 20 years working with the Capitanias family to grow and preserve the medicinal plant.
The roots and leaves are used in traditional medicines and are believed to protect against various illnesses and diseases, and are considered to be a source of great power in many countries.
Carlos said the family has been looking forward to the day when Capitanoa is fully available to all.
“I think it’s going to be very exciting because I think that’s the first time that this is going to happen in Mexico,” Carlos said.
Capitoa Plantas is growing in the village’s historic square, where the family keeps a collection of the medicinal plants for sale.
The medicinal plants have been planted in a field in the center of the town, near a small creek and a small pond.
The Capitana family has already harvested a few of the plant’s leaves, and will soon be putting some into a collection.
Carloes said that it was his father’s idea to plant the plants in a small village, where there would be no other tourists or visitors.
The plant was named for its ability to treat a number of illnesses, including malaria, which was the last known disease in Mexico, according to Carlos.
The tribe is also proud to have the plant planted in their honor, and is working to protect it.
“We’re going to have it planted there,” Carlos joked.
“And then I think it’ll be the last place you’ll find it, I think.”