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A Mexican folk remedy for a broken heart

by Sara Bernard, California Report | Take Two

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The limpia, or traditional cleansing ceremony, is designed to restore emotional health. It requires a raw egg, fresh herbs and a vase for burning copal, an aromatic tree resin from central Mexico. Sara Bernard/KQED

We've all heard about love potions and other concoctions designed to make someone fall head-over-heels. But what about a special brew to fix a broken heart?

For the California Report, Sara Bernard catches up with a clinical herbalist and folk healer to learn about a special heart remedy, and to participate in a traditional ceremony to help transcend her own loss.

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