Obatala He is the father in the Yoruba religion of all children on earth, the creator of human beings and of everything that hasabita in the planet. He is the owner of whiteness and white metals, especially silver.
It represents at the same time creation and the magnanimous and superior, but also pride, anger, despotism.
Its ewes (herbs) are acacia, chicory, bell, cotton, white piglet, mugwort, atiponlá, virgin vine, saffron, lily, white canutillo, coconut, African coquito, galán by day, galán by night, incense, mallow , sage, clover, among many more.
The plants of Obatalá They jealously guard the secret powers of Father Orisha and are therefore ideal as ingredients for spiritual baths, spoils and protective amulets.
They also symbolize the purity of this deity and have great medicinal properties, they are also used in Offerings for the Orisha, in order to establish communication with him.
Herbs of Obatala:
We present below, 10 representative plants of Obatalá through which it offers us its Ashé, heals and protects us:
- Scientific name: Gliricidia sepium
- From the Lucumí language: Sideé, Boni and from the Congo: Topiá
Its owner is Obbatalá. It is a plant with numerous medicinal and spiritual properties. It acts as an antioxidant, anti inflammatory, anti aging, and has cardiovascular, endocrine, healing and digestive functions. This plant also improves sleep and relieves stress.
It is used in spells of money and love, and its power increases when it is burned with sandalwood. It is said that it is the master's plant, it is a sacred symbol within Freemasonry.
- Gossypiosmpermum eriophorus
- Lucumi: Yán and from the Congo: Doúki
It is used in the seat omiero (spiritual water of herbs) and is a plant that belongs to Obatalá.
It is used for good but also for evil. Some of Mayombe's garments are assembled with this plant. It is used in decoctions for the stomach and its root to fight infections such as gonorrhea.
- Saturated Suaveoloeus
- Lucumi: Aggogó and from the Congo: Kusuambo Ngúnga
Obatalá is the owner of this plant, which is used in this Orisha's omiero and for many spell works. It is used for spoil and purification of homes. Medicinally, it is used for hemorrhoids, its juice for bronchitis and inflammations.
- Gossypium barbadense L.
- Lucumi: Orú, Oro and from the Congo: Ndúambo
It is the representative purity plant of Obatalá and the orishas Aña, Oduduwá and the warrior Osun.
In religious ceremonies the cotton leaves are used in the omiero of the seat and for the prayers of the head (Orí) as well as the Obí (coconut) cotton is also indispensable.
Within their magical spells, cotton buds are good to cover the sight of those who do us harm and to undo their work without them noticing.
Spiritually it is very effective in bathing, cleaning and cleaning around the house.
It is used for medicinal purposes, for ear affections using green cotton buds, with its seeds a paste is made that ripens tumors and with cooking of its seeds, asthma and bronchitis are relieved. In addition, the cooked root helps regulate menstruation.
5. Atiponla blanco or Atípola
- Boerhavia caribaea
- Lucumi: Achibatá, Atikuánlá and Congo: Maike
It is the plant of the owner of the Elegguá and Obatalá roads and is used for its healing properties to heal ailments of the gallbladder, hepatitis and liver. It is widely used for purification rituals and to refresh the orí (head).
Its spiritual powers are also effective in baths for good luck, where atypical, ordinary basil and small basil are often mixed.
6. Bayonet or Peregún
- Glorious yucca
- Lucumi: Peregún, Denderé and Congo: Ngooto
It is one of the fundamental ewes (herbs) of the seat at the end of the ceremonies. It constitutes one of the 16 main herbs that are put in the orí of the Iyawó (just started in the Yoruba religion).
- luffa luffa
Its absolute owner is Obbatalá and it is highly recommended for dispossession baths if luck does not reach us.
It has a great virtue, because it unravels the wrong path, but if it is not used correctly it can entangle and hinder our lives. Among its medicinal benefits, it is widely used against intestinal parasites.
8. May Flower
- laelia anceps
- Lucumi: Wegigu
Its owner is Obbatalá and it is used to wash its otán (stone).
- annona muricata
- Lucumi: Iggi omó fúnfún, Gwánillo, Nichularafún and from the Congo: Ombándinga
- Its exclusive owner is Obbatalá.
Soursop is a magical plant, in addition to having an exquisite fruit rich in vitamins, it offers many medicinal benefits.
The healers say that its cooked leaves are good for colds, that its root together with the boiled bark and put as fomentations are good for gangrene, also that facial neuralgia is relieved by washing the face with the decoction of its leaves or pulp of soursop.
10. White mauve
- Sphaeralcea bonariensis
- Lucumi: Lánlá, Dede fún and Congo: Dubue
To refresh the lerí (head), white mallow is used with coconut water, cocoa butter, white pigeon egg, dried coconut pulp, yerba de la Niña, butterfly and white piglet. cascarilla and cotton.
His knowledge of leaves are very refreshing for vaginal washes and his root decoctions to purify the blood.
All the plants of Obatalá are magical, not only do they have medicinal and healing uses, but they also contain spiritual secrets, which help us untangle paths and open new opportunities in our lives.