With This Herb, There Comes A Wed

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The late Cuban singer and queen of salsa, Celia Cruz, said it clear in her classic salsa "El Yerbero Moderno" (the modern herbist). The rhythmical song names some herbs and their better use: "?I bring Basil, for the skinny one; I bring Vetivert, for the blind one?" and so on. Ok, it's true, the original lyrics are more fun as they rhyme in Spanish, but the idea to pick up there is that "with this herb you can get married."

Other herbs she sings about are Holy Grass, Jechimon, Abre Camino, Garden Rue, Basil, Apazote, and Vetivert which are normally used for their medical healing properties.

But what her music says not only has the approval of Afro and Latino descendents, it has also the recognition of many of us who practice Santeria, which is a combination of Afro magical ritual and Spaniard religion. Santeria was born in Cuba and Brazil . The use of plants and herbs are part of their magical ritual of worshiping spirits.

We have explained before the methods in which plants, herbs, and roots should be used to attract and maintain the love you are seeking. But since then, Wiccan masters have found more herbs possessing love properties as well as their common uses for helping psychic powers, prosperity, protection, and other human realms.

For instance, spiritual healers recommend different ways in which these herbs may convey natural energy and love. You may carry the plant material on your person, take an infusion bath, and boil it in water or just eat it as an aphrodisiac meal. To achieve the first option, make a tiny talisman by putting one to three leafs in a small hand-made mojo bag; these are easy to take with you as they can be placed into your bag, wallet or pocket. You may try boiling the herb you've bought into water; then, after cooling it, splash it onto your body in the shower.

Another option would be to use the magical powers that many know surrounds their kitchen. It means you should concentrate on the person of your desire as you prepare a love potion which then can be drunk (i.e. tea, chilled beverage and cocktails) or eaten (mixed with the fish, soy, meat, chicken, grains, etc.).

For those who don't know, some of these herbs may taste bitter, sour, salty, spicy, and sweet. On this, I always remind of what my mentor once told me: "Well, at least try to sweeten yourself with a Vanilla ice cream instead of bittersweet potions."

Herbs with other properties than love

Abre Camino:
Protection, Love (It is NOT for human consumption).

Love, Psychic Powers

Money, Sleep, Love, Purification

Clove Powder:
Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money

Clove Whole:
Protection, Exorcism, Love, Money

Clover Red:
Protection, Money, Love, Fidelity, Exorcism

Cohosh Black:
Love, Courage, Protection, Potency

Colts Foots:
Love, Visions

Black Copal:
Love, Visions

Deer's Tongue:
Lust, Psychic Powers

Dragon's Blood:
Love, Protection, Exorcism, Potency

Love, Protection, Psychic Powers

Love, Money, Success, Psychic Power

Love, Protection

Purification, Sleep, Love, Healing, Psychic Powers

Galangal - Mugwort - Lemongrass:
Lust, Psychic Powers

Rose Hips:
Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love Divination, Luck, Protection

Rose Petals:
Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love Divination, Luck, Protection

Garden Rue:
Healing, Health, Mental Powers, Love

Love, Healing, Happiness, Wind Raising

Psychic Powers, Love

Love, Lust, Psychic Powers

Love, chastity, Healing

White Willow:
Love, Healing

Psychic Powers, Protection, Love, Calling Spirits

Love, Psychic Powers

Alma De la Cruz, a staff mystic employed by, has a profound personal history where she has unabashedly delved deep into the heart of occult mysteries for an extensive period of her life. Her name literally means "Soul of the Cross" in Spanish. Currently she is working publishing a manuscript that delves into the mysteries of Hispanic new age beliefs incorporating old insights with new spiritual methodologies.

Check out her bi weekly metaphysical column, where she takes a new twist, incorporating Latin shamanistic philosophies with leading edge occult beliefs.

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