Rainforest Remedies are formulations by Dr. Rosita Arvigo based upon her studies with the highly respected shaman and healer Don Elijio Panti of Belize. These medicinal herbs grow wild in the virgin, mineral-rich soils of the Belizean rainforest. 

Rosita and Don Elijio Panti herbing in the jungle
Rosita and Don Elijio Panti herbing in the jungle

When an area of the rainforest is planned to be cleared for development, Dr. Arvigo receives permission to harvest these and other medicinal plants before the area is destroyed. Using traditional prayer according to ancient Maya custom, barks, roots and leaves are gathered. Practicing “salvage botany”, seedlings are “rescued” and sent to Terra Nova Rainforest Reserve for transplanting and to perpetuate these valuable species. This is the first ethnobiomedical forest reserve, a 600 acre medical plant sanctuary put aside by the Belize Government under the initiation of Dr. Arvigo.


Fifty percent of the profits from the sale of these herbs go to the Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation of Belize to fund ethno-botanical research, education, and advocacy for the Belize Association of Traditional Healers. Rainforest Remedies was created as a sustainable, non-timber forest product, demonstrating that there is economic value in the forests as they stand.

Detailed information about the herbs used in these formulas can be found in two books written by Dr. Arvigo, Rainforest Remedies: 100 Healing Plants of Belize and Sastun: My Apprenticeship With a Maya Shaman.


Rainforest Remedies are safe and effective, with applications for a variety of health issues. These formulas are tinctured in organic grape alcohol.


These formulas are available through Rebirth Holistic Women's Wellness:

Belly Be Good : for relief of chronic indigestion, gastritis, constipation, lack of appetite, sour burps, intestional gas, colitis,acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, nervous stomach, stomach cramps *


Blood Tonic : for anemia, fatigue, inflammation, fibromyalgia, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, toxic blood **


Detox Formula (aka Jungle Bitters) : for constipation, fatigue, gastritis, indigestion, intestional gas, amoebas, parasites, infections, skin sores, to detoxify organs


Female Tonic : for painful periods, irregular periods, amenorrhea, infertility, PMS, hormonal headaches, PCOS, clomid-induced ovarian cysts, menopausal symptoms.


Flu Away : for colds, flu, sinus congestion, sore throats **

Hortence Formula : uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine polyps and endometriosis


Immune Boost : for recent exposure to cold/flu, onset of acute illness or infection, physical exhaustion, systemic candida, Lyme disease, chemotherapy


Kidney Tonic : for painful urination, decrease in urine production, kidney or bladder stones, low back ache upon rising in the morning, edema


Male Tonic : for erectile dysfunction, impotence, benign prostate hyperplasia, prostatitis, dysuria, chronic urinary tract infections in men and women, kidney or bladder stones.*


Nerve Tonic : for nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, stress-related indigestion, times of transition such as menopause, moving, job loss, empty nest, etc.; seasonal affective disorder (mild), ADD in adults, teeth grinding, postpartum depression, broken heart due to grief, loss, etc.*


Strong Back : for muscle pain, spasms or strain; back, neck, shoulder or joint aches; sports injuries, overwork; stress/anxiety, asthma (at immediate onset of attack)


Sweet Blood : for borderline diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, dry cough, PCOS, low appetite, fatigue


Traveler’s Tonic : for diarrhea, parasites, amoebas, food poisoning


* Safe in pregnancy

** Safe in pregnancy after 20 weeks


Please note, these formulations are based on many years of traditional use and wisdom, individual use, and client feedback. The Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated these statements. These formulations are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Consult with a health care provider when necessary.