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10 Miraculous Plants of Saint Lazarus Herbs that heal us!

Plants of san lazaro

Saint Lazarus is one of the most revered deities in Cuba. He is the patron saint of the sick, miracle worker.

He is attended by all those who need, above all, to implore him for health. The plants that correspond to it in nature are powerful, heal and alleviate diseases.

In Cuba, the cult spans centuries and devotees offer the saint great offerings and sacrifices every December 17, a day when many keep promises and wear sackcloth in his honor.

On the island, San Lázaro is syncretized with the Orisha Babalú Ayé, African deity, healer of leprosy, smallpox, venereal diseases, skin and in general of plagues and misery.

Babalu Aye for Oloddumare he is a pure being, a just Orisha who was subjected to very harsh tests by Olosi (the demon) sending him losses, illnesses, but he never denied and accepted it with devotion.

Representative herbs and plants of Saint Lazarus Blessed:

Next, we show 10 of the representative plants of Saint Lazarus, used for offerings to the saint-orisha and that also have medicinal uses.

1. Apasote for the bad tongues

  • Scientific name: Chenopodium ambrosioides
  • From the Lucumí language: Oline and from the Congo: Kosi

Its absolute owner is Babalú Ayé. Its leaves are useful for seasoning the meals of the Orishas. Its roots are used to bind people with "sharp tongues."

When houses are purified with apasote, the seeds are left exposed for a whole day. In the cleaning, it is given with the branches on the walls to scare away the bad and at the end the floors are washed with egg white.

It has medicinal properties to cure gastrointestinal problems, it is a stimulant and eliminates colic and cramps, it cures parasites of children with the juice of its root.

2. The Sebum Tree relieves pain

  • Stillingia sebifera
  • Lucumí: Samde and from the Congo: Kousu

The absolute owner is Babalú Ayé. By macerating its roots and branches, what is extracted serves to friction the joints of the disabled, preventing them from becoming stiff and relieving permanent pain.

3. Caisimon, strip the house of everything bad

  • Pothomorphe peltata
  • Lucumí: Iguedi Ekuaa and from the Congo: Taiwan

Its owner is the Orisha Yemayá, but also Babalú Ayé and Shangó.

Its warm leaves applied to the belly, with corojo and cocoa butter, reduce inflammation of the testicles.

The root in decoctions is used for cystitis and gonorrhea, it is also used in offal, baths and house cleaning.

4. Pigeon pea, a powerful food

Its scientific name is Cajanus indicus and the absolute owner is Babalú Ayé.

It is used for the flu in cooking, it relieves the itch of scabies in baths and its fruit is a very refreshing food.

5. Bitter broom to alleviate diseases

  • Parthenium hysterophorus
  • Lucumi: Eggweniyé and from the Congo: Báombo
  • Carabali: Ifan

A magical herb and healer, its owner is Babalú Ayé with which he strips and cleans the sick.

In the Aará Rule, two gourds are covered with the bitter broom that is inside the Orisha and in the Abakuá religion it is a primordial herb in its liturgical rituals.

With bitter broom and roasted corn all diseases are cleaned, linked with saragüey breakers and floors and walls are washed. In addition, it pops pimples and tumors, cures ringworm and relieves leprosy.

6. Caña brave, blessed by Saint Lazarus himself

  • Bamboo vulgaris
  • Lucumi: Pako, Iggisú Yenkeyé and Congo: Maddíaddía, Gumá, Yénkila, Endosongo

Apart from Babalú Ayé it belongs to Naná Burukú. It is the offering that Babalú likes the most and is dedicated to Naná "the mother of all the Saint Lazarus."

A plant that has many powers and is very valuable because Babalú Ayé blessed the caña brava, that's why the thunder can't with her and never give her upaña.

He serves in the nganga to fulfill the mandates of the mayombero.

Its roots in concoctions calm asthma and in infusions it is good for the intimate part of women. Purifies the blood and relieves cystitis.

7. Artemis or Altamisa, helps the body to ward off bad

  • Ragweed artemisifolia
  • Lucumí: Liniddi and from the Congo: Dioké

Apart from Babalú Ayé it also belongs to Osain and Obbatalá.

You must always pay the right of these plants when they are used for remedies, among the innumerable powers of this plant, some of them are:

  • The decoction is drunk as common water to deflate the appendix.
  • It is also said to eliminate scabies.
  • The juice of its root along with wine is given to people with heart problems.
  • For friction the root and branches are used in case of contagious fevers.
  • It is used for offal in bathrooms.
  • When a person needs courage to do something, he should take some leaves of this plant and place them on his chest.

If you want to make a request to this powerful plant you must say:

High you are

And how tall you are,

Give me your powers.

Mass is said,

And as mass is said,

I have you before my altar

So that you free me from all evil


8. Finish off, good at prayer and prayer

  • neuroleana lobata
  • Lucumí: Cháchara, Ewe Ale (it is also called teiyoco and nkorimánfo).

Its absolute owner is Babalú Ayé, it is used in cooking to reduce fever and the old people say that to recite the Prayer of Anima Sola it is very good to have a segment of Remata.

9. Sage, pain reliever

Its scientific name is Pluchea adorata and it is a plant from Babalú Ayé.

Sage has numerous medicinal uses, it is a plant that can be used in various infusions to relieve coughs and lung conditions.

For headaches you can make a decoction with its leaves or simply by placing a leaf on your temple or forehead.

In addition, inhaling the steam that their infusions give off serves to soothe muscle aches.

10. Purple Salvia, a plant that has the Ashé and the power of the orisha

Its owner is Babalú Ayé and it is used for friction in disabled joints and also removes dandruff if it is smeared on the hair roots. 

The plants of San Lazaro are curative, healing, they contain a great power capable of alleviating the worst sadness and the most serious diseases, because they possess the Ashe of the Holy Orisha.

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