Once a chiclero, Don Elijio Panti enthusiastically trained in the neighbouring rainforests of Guatemala in the art of healing. Upon returning to Belize, he began his practice in the quaint village of San Antonio, employing acupuncture, herbal baths, massages, plants and prayers. Having spent his life in service to others, he was renowned throughout the Americas as a Natural Traditional Healer. Don Elijio was awarded the “Distinguished Citizen Award” (University College of Belize), “Most Valuable Senior Citizen” (Help Age Belize), “Distinguished Contribution to Science” (The New York Botanical Garden), and “Member Of The British Empire” (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) in recognition of his many international contributions. Panti died in Belize’s Cayo District at the age of one hundred and three (103), his knowledge, life story and works were immortalized in two books – Rainforest Remedies: One Hundred Healing Herbs Of Belize and Sastun: My Apprenticeship With A Maya Healer.
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