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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Popular Puerto Rican Home Remedy Available Locally

Ever since Persephone’s Pearl owner John Omilana started selling Healing Balm—his homemade version of the popular Puerto Rican home remedy alcolado, derived from a secret family recipe, earlier this year—the Peekskill-based store has been having difficulty keeping it in stock.

Omilana says that the product, which is made with various types of herbs and rubbing alcohol, quickly became popular among the community of Peekskill for its medicinal and spiritual properties.

“It should be noted that while this product is not FDA approved, the customer response is undeniable,” notes Omilana.

“Some of the general benefits of alcolado include relief of muscular pain and headaches accompanied by a cold compress, fever reduction, clearing of the sinuses if smelled directly—it can even be used as aftershave,” shares Omilana. “What makes this variation special is that this formula was specifically designed to spiritually clean one’s energy.”

Persephone’s Pearl is a spiritual development center and shop that is focused on connecting the community to divinity in a way that resonates.

Cost: Each bottle is $25. Location: Persephone’s Pearl, 1014 Main St., Ste. B, Peekskill, NY. For more information, call 914.737.3460, email [email protected] or visit