Date of Award
Honors Thesis (Colby Access Only)
Colby College. Chemistry Dept.
Bradford P. Mundy
A small shrub, Montanoa tomentosa, grows in the company of cactus and yuccas in the Mexican highlands. The plant is only native to the Mexican highlands at elevations between 5000 and 9000 feet. Commonly known as zoapatle, Aztec women would drink an herbal tea made from this plant to induce labor and prevent pregnancies. The women would drink liters of this tea in order for the uterotonic activity to take affect. The practice of drinking the herbal tea from the zoapatle plant is still used in parts of Mexico.
Biological products -- Synthesis, Natural products -- Synthesis, Organic compounds -- Synthesis, Oxepane
Recommended CitationRaiche, Kenneth P., "New approches to oxepane systems" (1998). Honors Theses. Paper 424.
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