Herbal Skin Cancer Treatment

This recipe is from traditional healers of Mexico, who shared it with Stephen Harrod Buhner who shared this publicly on Facebook and in his (incredible) book, Sacred and Healing Beers.  Everything Buhner writes is extraordinary.  He’s a prolific, and poetic writer.  He’s written so many books I still haven’t had a chance to read them all. He’s also a great herbalist.  The fact that he shares this so widely demonstrates what an awesome person he is.  Inspired by his generosity, I’m doing the same.  All the credit for this recipe and sharing goes to the curanderos (traditional Mexican healers) that taught him this recipe, and Buhner.  I’m simply pollinating his message.

Here’s his share on skin cancer using the herb Swertia radiata (Cebadilla) root.

SKIN CANCER TREATMENT (in the words of Stephen Buhner). 

  • Use enough of the powdered root with sufficient vaseline until it is the consistency of sticky bread dough.
  • NOTE: nothing else will do except Vaseline, do not use an herbal salve or any sort.  The Vaseline will NOT absorb into the skin like a salve, which is what is needed here.
  • Place it on the affected area, extending a bit onto the healthy skin surrounding the cancerous growth.
  • Cover with a bandage, if small enough a bandaid will do
  • leave it in place for 72 hours
  • carefully remove
  • you can, if you wish, lightly wash the area (after the tumor removal) with a cool infusion of skin herbs such as yerba mansa, juniper needle, Echinacea angustifolia, and so forth. This is not necessary but is traditionally used by curanderas in Mexico after the treatment. (They usually use yerba mansa).  This just helps the skin heal more quickly but is usually used for large skin cancers not the small facial cancers that I have traditionally treated.

Normally the facial cancer will lift off with the bandage OR will come off with only a very minor bit of probing.  It should just lift off.  This is a traditional Mexican curandera treatment for cancers of the skin, including large ones.  I have only used it for small facial cancers.

I have not had this fail in over 20 years of practice…I hope it works as well for your individual circumstance.”

Consider sharing with your family and community should they ever needs this.

Blessings, Seraphina


  1. Leonaine Dixon on October 13, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    I am looking for the cebadilla root powder Stephen Harrodsburg Buhner recommends and cannot find it….have also looked under Latin name Where can I buy it?

    • Seraphina Capranos on October 19, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      It’s definitely harder to find these days. I’m sorry to say I do not know where to find it. The only place I can direct you is google….good luck!

  2. susan wadden on April 28, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    beautiful. so gracious. thank you. bzzzz…..

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