Herbs in Umbanda: hot, warm and cold herbs, from the Orixás and more!

What are herbs in Umbanda for?

There are many uses for herbs in Umbanda. Of course, they are a fundamental part of liturgies and offerings, but the application is much broader. In addition to helping in the cleansing processes of bad energies, herbs also help to attract blessings and, of course, to amplify mediumship.

They should preferably be harvested between the crescent and full moon when the plant’s sap and energy are most concentrated in the leaves. In general, the ideal time to harvest is in the morning, very early, but this depends on each Orixá or objective. That’s because, depending on the herb, it can even have a negative effect or for a different Saint, at certain times of the day.

That’s why anyone can prepare and use herbs in Umbanda, but it’s important to know what you’re doing. After all, they are charged with energy and it may be that your choice is not the most suitable or some detail is left out. Therefore, it is important to have the guidance of a mum or dad or someone experienced before use.

If you don’t have anyone you trust to guide you or you prefer to make your own choices, then it’s worth the study. Also, use your intuition during the selection and preparation process, as well as common sense. Here’s everything you need to know to get started!

Uses and Benefits of Herbs in Umbanda

There are three main ways of using herbs in Umbanda: the famous baths, smoking and rituals. Each ritual has its process and should be done according to your intuition or the guidance received. It can be from the preparation of a patuá or amulet, or even a specific request.

On the other hand, bathing and smoking, in general, are done with some standardization, except when there is some orientation different from your guide. Understand what to do before, during and after each one of them. See also how to prepare correctly and what are the main benefits of each one.

Baths

Herbal baths in Umbanda are a tool to achieve a specific goal. They can be for clearing the body’s magnetic field, attracting more luck, protecting oneself from attack, amplifying mediumship and many other purposes.

They should preferably be done under the guidance of a specialist and are usually applied from the neck down. In this way, they do not reach the Ori – top of the head or crown chakra, as it would be too strong for such a sensitive and open field.

It can be done in many ways, each with its indications and caveats. All of them will work, but there are those who prefer not to keep physical contact with the preparation, while others believe that the energy of those who prepared only helps the result. See each one and decide which one is best for you:

  • Non-contact: from inserting water in the pan to washing the leaves, maceration (if using) and boiling (if using), nothing can have contact with the skin of the person preparing it. Thus, it guarantees that only the energy of the herbs will be used and not of those who prepared it;
  • With contact: unlike the previous one, there is constant contact with the person during the preparation. Of course it must be harmonized and in tune with the Sacred to do this correctly. In this case, washing, placing the leaves in a pan or pestle, macerating… everything is done with contact with the skin and charged with intention, that is, focusing on the objective of the bath;
  • Boiled: Some herbs should not be boiled at all, but can be heated. The bath made with heating has the fire element, which can make a difference in the result. Thus, the choice between using or not heating the bath is strategic to achieve the expected result. Many baths are done in this way, with water and herbal heating;
  • Cold: there is also the option of macerating the herbs with an appropriate pestle or even with your hands, depending on the choice of the guide. The plants are macerated with a little water and gradually add, if necessary until you have the correct amount for the herbal bath.

Defumações

Smoking is indicated for the house or even objects and people. As always, it’s important to know what you’re doing and seek guidance first. It is usually made with charcoal and chosen herbs. Natural incense or the proper resin can also be used. See some ways and uses of herbal smoking in Umbanda:

  • To clean the house: to clean the denser energies in your house or sacred space, light the charcoal and when it is on fire, place it in the thurible, cauldron or clay bowl. Start by smoking from the innermost to the outermost room, always focusing on cleaning. Finish burning at the entrance door and bury the ashes or throw in the sea or river.
  • For house protection: after cleaning is done, you can magnetize the house, imbue it with a higher protection energy. To do this, you just have to do the same process, but from the outside to the inside, ending up at the place where the cleaning started. Likewise, bury ashes or dispose of in moving water
  • Herbs for smoking: There are herbs best suited for cleaning, others for protection, and many more for other purposes. In addition to analyzing these points, it is also important to see the relationship of the herb with your Orixá or guide, as some have a closer vibration and can give you better results. Also, the amount used must always follow an odd number, preferably number 3.

Benefits

The benefits of herbs in Umbanda are immense, from the treatment of physical, energetic or spiritual ailments. They also help to reinforce protection in your magnetic field and expel evil energies and entities. In addition, the water or fuel used for burning can enhance the results.

For example, seawater is perfect for cleaning baths, energy renovation and protection. On the other hand, rainwater – mainly storms – and river water are great for change and self-knowledge. You can also use water powered by the moon, using the phase that best suits your purpose.

On the other hand, the burning fuel for smoking can be the herb itself, keeping only the indicated energy. Other options are charcoal (the same as barbecue), which brings Yang energy or smoking chips, which can even be made from orange, apple, pecan and others.

Each herb has its properties and knowing them helps in the selection process, with the adequacy of bathing or smoking. Learn more about the main herbs of each Orixá, which are the famously hot, warm and cold herbs and get better prepared to use the herbs properly.

Classification of herbs in Umbanda

There are three types of herbs in Umbanda: the hot ones, which are more aggressive; warm herbs, with more balancing energy; and cold herbs, which have specific uses. If you use a wrong herb, with improper application, it can interfere with the result or even worse, mess up your energy field.

In other words, don’t use any herbs just because you’ve read they have such benefits. Understand more deeply what they are and how to use each of them correctly. Furthermore, it is important to know the affinity of the chosen herbs with their Orixás or guides. Learn more about each one.

■ Hot, aggressive herbs

Hot herbs are powerful, but dangerous if you don’t know how to work. They help to clear astral larvae, miasmas, and other types of dense or negative energy from the aura and environment. On the other hand, they can profoundly unbalance the energy balance, creating faults in the magnetic field, if used indiscriminately.

In other words, they are very aggressive against invading energies and against your own energy. So, it is essential to know how, for how long and how to use these herbs in Umbanda or in the tradition you follow.

Examples of hot herbs: animal herb, guinea, purple peregum, rue, mastic, black jurema, purple pine, bamboo, quarry, São Jorge’s sword, tobacco, garlic, onion peel and many others.

■ Warm, balancing herbs

Warm herbs are also very powerful, but more gentle with their energy field. They help balance and restore the aura, energizing and aiding in energy flow. They can also be used for cleaning, but they are perfect to be used as a complement to hot herbs, reducing their impact.

They can be used daily and don’t need as much guidance as to use in general. But of course, when it comes to herbs in Umbanda, it is essential to analyze whether there is any incompatibility with their Orixás and whether it really serves the given purpose.

Examples of warm herbs: sage, basil, marsh cane, Santa Maria herb, basil, vervain, rosemary, marjoram, mint, caboclo vine, umbaúba, angico and many others.

■ Cold, specific herbs

Cold herbs can normally be used without restrictions, however they do not apply to cleansing or protection alone. Each of them has specific uses and a unique vibratory pattern, which helps in performing spells, requests and the like. For example, they are used by mediums, to open new paths and even to attract luck.

These herbs in Umbanda are divided into attracting, energizing and calming. Attractors are used when you want to attract something good into your life. Energetics help boost projects or bring more vitality. Soothing plants, on the other hand, help to slow down, calm down and leave a more pleasant situation.

Examples of cold herbs: macela, cotton, star anise, jasmine, bay leaf, nutmeg, wormwood, angelica, sandalwood, Santa Luzia herb, thousand leaves, imburana and many others.

Another way to classify herbs in Umbanda is through their corresponding Orixá. For this, the Jêje-Nagô traditions classify plants according to their appearance, color, where they are found, texture and many other attributes. In general, the darkest leaves are from male Orixás and the lightest from female ones.

Likewise, succulents are usually more feminine and those with thorns and urticaria, masculine. But this is a generalization, as the 4 elements, the size, the shape and even the smell are also considered to define which Holy each herb belongs to.

Another important point in dealing with herbs in Umbanda is the use of the acting verb or Ofó. The Ofó is a phrase in Yoruba that helps to activate the plant’s power, but it can also be verbs in Portuguese, which have a similar effect.

There are a total of 256 combinations (Ofós) that refer to the herb’s name, its expected action and other attributes. It should be used when preparing tea, bathing, smoking or magic in order to activate its properties.

Both the active verb and the Ofó work as a strengthening of the intention to use the plant. The Ofó, at first, may not seem to make sense when translated – but it acts in a veiled way as a prayer, strengthening the effect of what is being done. See some herbs of Orixás and active verbs as examples and understand better.

Herbs of the Orixá Oxalá in Umbanda

Oxalá is a great Orixá, related to peace, temperance and creation. In syncretism with Christianity, he is associated with Jesus and is associated with the creation of the human being, along with Nanã, who gave him the clay to model.

He is the father of the Orixás and left each child to choose their preferred domain. Does not like discord or aggressiveness, admiring order, cleanliness and temperance. Hopefully, he has a calm, respectable, tolerant and above all, trustworthy personality.

Day of the week: Friday
Greeting: Hey nanny! Oop Nanny! (We thank and cheer the Father! “Long live the Father!”)
Colors: White, light blue, ivory and pearl.
Element: Air
Domain: Sky, Air, Rivers and Mountains.
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Oxalá’s hot herbs are: whipping horse, animal herb, castor bean, oregano, garlic, tobacco (tobacco) and with me nobody can.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: discharge, punish, redeem, cool, rectify, retract, sterilize, engulf, crystallize, and assume.

Mornas

The warm herbs of Oxalá are: artichoke, liquorice, rosemary, lavender, thousand leaves, burdock, boldo, sunflower, mint, incense, rose, basil, marjoram, white rose, sage, thyme and coast leaf.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: pacify, soften, support, understand, clarify, grant, congregate, homogenize, radiate, forgive, solve, restore, vitalize, enliven and benefit.

Frias

Oxalá’s cold herbs are: cotton, angelica, star anise, mugwort, cloves, purple ipe, jasmine, orange, laurel, kola nut, sackcloth, sandalwood and vervain.

■ Cold, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with cold herbs are: provide, add, build, crystallize, begin, determine, raise, ripen, and constitute.

Herbs of the Orixá Logunan in Umbanda

Logan is Oya Tempo, the Mistress of time and the orderer of religious chaos. Alongside Oxalá, she helps to maintain balance, avoiding fanaticism and bringing reason to faith. It was created by Olorum (God) to bring movement to his creation, leading to evolution, through the past, present and future.

She and Oxalá form the first line of the seven of Umbanda, which represent the different radiations of the Sacred. Logunan is the one who governs the spirits trapped in the void, which violate the laws of God.

Day of the week: She is the Lady of Time, so every day is yours.
Greeting: Watch the time!
Colors: silver, black, white and dark blue.
Element: crystalline
Domain: time and souls
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The warm herbs of Logunan are: Camphor, short vine, eucalyptus, oregano, bamboo, white pine nuts, sedge and willow.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: cool, return, rotate, invert, freeze (in time), freeze, turn, return, pull, and exhaust.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Benzoin, leather hat, mint (mint), glue knots (obi), elderberry, yellow rose, sunflower, brindle peregun (dracena), incense leaves (iboza), lemon leaves, silver vine, green grass. santa luzia, imburana seed, wormwood, pichuri, verbena, capuchin, thousand leaves and sensitive.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Lead, like, find (connected with faith), carry (forward), flow (in time), advance (in time), accelerate, temporize, bring, carry (forward ), leveling, grading and eternalizing.

Herbs of the Orixá Oxumaré in Umbanda

Neither male nor female or both. Oxumaré spends half the year like a rainbow in the sky, the other half like a serpent on earth. It represents the fluidity and duality of all that exists and the strength of that understanding.

Oxumaré is abundance, prosperity and material wealth. It is who brings fertility through rain, contributing to growth and understanding. It mediates between the divine and the material, having been born from Nanã, it has become a great source of healing and relief for those who suffer.

Day of the week: Thursday
Greeting: Àróbo bo yi Òsùmàrè! Àróbo bo yi! (Let’s worship Oxumarê, the intermediary that stretches!)
Colors: the colors of the rainbow
Element: earth
Domain: generation of life
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The hot herbs of Oxumaré are: Angico, northern buchinha, danda, espinheira santa, oregano, annatto, valerian and black pepper.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Silence, root, densify, resolve, and dilute.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Saffron Root, Angelica Root, Barbatimão, Cinnamon, Carapiá Root, Bitter Carqueja, Leather Hat, Ginger, Guarana Seed, Hibiscus Flower, Imburana Seed, Marjoram, Marapuama, Dandelion, Balsam, Catinga de Mulata, Serralha, Pinhão Branco, Peregun Rajado (dracena), Umbaúba, Maize and Pacová.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: cadence, color, renew, rejuvenate, restore and brighten.

Herbs of the Orixá Oxum in Umbanda

In addition to being beautiful, Oxum has a unique intelligence. She was the only Orixá or being to be able to deceive Exu. As a reward, he received the gift of sharing the visions in the shells, sharing this role with Exu. It was also the first Orixá to be part of the discussions about the future of humanity, previously made only by male Orixás.

She is also the Queen of fresh waters and waterfalls, supporting pregnant women and women who want to get pregnant. Dressed in gold, she is the Orixá of material wealth, fertility, tenderness and sensitivity, as well as true love and passion.

Day of the week: Saturday
Greeting: Óòre yèyé Oxum! Oòre yèyé o! (Hail Oxum, our kind little mother! Hail our kind little mother!)
Colors: yellow gold and dark blue
Element: water
Dominion: fresh water
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Oshun’s hot herbs are: hairy vine, silk vine and northern vine.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: soften, deepen, approximate, mix, confuse, expel, cobble, narrow, corrode and granulate.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: basil, marigold flower, chamomile flower, cinnamon, bitter carqueja, catuaba – answer stick, damiana, soursop leaf, imburana seed, orange leaf, macela flower, basil, melissa leaf, mint, cow pate and pennyroyal .

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: to supply, to prosper, to conceive, to flourish, to aggregate, to unite, to bring together, to make flexible, to improve and to receive.

Frias

Oxum’s cold herbs are: fragrant mallow (rose), roses, fennel, flower mace, melissa, patchouli and apple.

■ Cold, active verbs

The active verbs of Oxum’s cold herbs are: attract, aggregate, unite, approach, make flexible, improve and receive.

Herbs of the Orixá Oxóssi in Umbanda

Oxossi is the Orixá of the woods, warrior and hunter, who brings abundance and abundance to those who fight for their families. He defends and fights for those who need the daily work to keep their family nourished, physically, emotionally and spiritually. He is male and female, spending time in the form of a woman, in order to be able to relate to Oshun.

Wise, beautiful and in tune with the natural, he takes care of the balance of the environment and the arts as an expression of human nature. So, dance, singing and plastic arts are also part of its scope, in addition to creative leisure, essential to continue the daily struggle.

Day of the week: Thursday
Greeting: Òké Aro!!! Arolé! (Save the King!)
Colors: green and turquoise
Element: earth
Domain: forests and woods, in addition to hunting.
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Oxossi’s hot herbs are: guinea, black beetles, northern bushes, camphor, holy thorn, black jurema bark, nobody can win with me and win everything.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Identify, divide, tie (vine), explore, contract and move.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Avocado, Abre Caminho, Northern Rosemary, Common Rosemary, Alfavaca, Aquileia, Arnica do Mato, Green Tea, Leaf Coffee, Brejo Cane, Cidreira Capim, Carqueja Amarga, Caboclo vine, Cravo vine, São João vine , Comfrey, Mint, Purple Ipe, Mixed Jurubeba, Laurel, Mango Leaf, Basil, Fern and Sene.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: expand, direct, provide, supply, make skillful, supply, hunt, and heal.

Herbs of the Orixá Obá in Umbanda

Powerful Orixá, Obá is an Amazon who doesn’t run away from a good war. Independent and not expecting male devotion, she is the Queen of the turbulent waters. She doesn’t have many children, having only married Ogun (for losing a battle) and Xango, Lord of justice and as bellicose as she.

Extremely respected by other Orixás, she is known as Joana D’Arc or Santa Catarina, in syncretism with the Catholic Church. This only reinforces their warrior and support side to those who are in rough waters and cannot drown.

Day of the week: Wednesday
Greeting: Obá xirê! (Obá jokes! – in rough waters, without drowning)
Colors: red, white, yellow and orange
Element: fire
Domain: turbulent waters
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The hot herbs of Obá are: Dandá, purple peregun (purple dracena), comfrey, valerian and northern buchinha.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Condense, silence, thicken, nail, preach, and rationalize.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: tamarind bark, spiderwort, radish leaves, clove lemon, mint, cow’s paw, sarsaparilla, coriander and sanmark grass.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Learn, concentrate, know, study, fertilize, know and reason.

Herbs of the Orixá Xangô in Umbanda

Shango is the Lord of justice and law. He carries his two-faced ax made of stone and with which he executes the law. A vain king, rich and imposing, he is a fair and strict leader, so only go to him if his demand is honest and fair, or you will count on his wrath.

Lightning and thunder are under his control, he lives in mountains and quarries, being associated in Catholic syncretism with St. John the Baptist or St. Jerome. Despite showing his anger in cases of injustice, he is usually calm and somewhat bossy.

Day of the week: Wednesday
Greeting: Oba ni xé Kawó! or Oba l’Axé Kawó! Kawó Kabiyèsílé! (Come see and greet the King or Come see and greet the King who holds the Axé! Come see and greet His Majesty who descended to earth!)
Colors: brown, red and white
Element: fire
Domain: Mountains and quarries, lightning and thunder.
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Xangô’s hot herbs are: Angico, aroeira, rue, black jurema, annatto, devil’s claw, fire leaf, lightning rod and nettle.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: purify, shake, shake, burn, harden, melt, dissolve.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Barba de Velho, Barbatimão, Leaf Coffee, Carapiá Root, Clove vine, São João vine, Hibiscus Flower, Purple Ipe, Purple Basil, Cola Nut, Obi Seco, Pau Pereira, Quebra Pedra, Pomegranate Peel , Beetroot leaves, Sunflower flower and Lantana.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Balance, rationalize, reinforce, protect and energize.

Herbs of the Orixá Iansã in Umbanda

When Iansã goes into battle, all the knights stop just to watch her pass! She is the most feared and powerful warrior, a strong woman with a natural beauty that needs no accessories. When young it is Iansã, when wise it is Oyá, Lady of Time.

Queen of winds and storms, she helped Obaluayê get rid of his sores on his skin and, in return, he gave Iansã permission to govern the cemeteries beside her. In this way, she leads souls, with the wind of her eruexin, a kind of fan made with a horse’s mane.

It was also Iansã who managed to enter the kingdom of Ossaim, who had total control of the sacred herbs, and with his eruexin he winded and spread all the herbs around the world. In this way, each Orixá had access to their herbs, as well as all other beings. However, many herbs are still under Ossaim’s domain, needing permission to harvest.

Day of the week: Wednesday
Greeting: Èpá heyi Ìyá Mesàn Orun! Opa heyi Oya! (Long live the Lady, Mother of the Nine Heavens! Long live the Lady Oiá!”
Colors: golden yellow, bright red or coral
Element: fire and air
Dominion: winds, rays and souls
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Iansã’s hot herbs are: Northern buchinha, camphor, sta’s sword. Bárbara, demand break, castor bean, black pepper, bamboo, tobacco (tobacco), lightning rod, nutsedge, win demand and purple jatropha.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Drag, snatch, dissipate, fulminate and remove.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Pitanga leaf, brindled peregun, basil, marigold, chamomile, marsh cane, hood, lemon balm, horsetail, leather hat, carnation vine, vine s. joão, santa luzia, sunflower seed, imburana, jurubeba, orange tree, wormwood, elderberry, fire leaf, white pine nuts.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Move, move, direct, spread, push, act, vibrate.

Herbs of the Orixá Ogum in Umbanda

Winner of demands, Ogun is a fearless warrior, blacksmith and lord of the roads. Protector of his children, he executes the divine law. It was he who taught mortals the art of iron handling and agriculture.

Ogun is related to São Jorge in much of the country, according to the syncretism with the Catholic Church. He is represented with a shield and a spear or sword, having relationship with several phalanxes and other Orixás.

Day of the week: Tuesday
Greeting: Wonijé Ògún àlákáyé Osin ìmólè! or Patàkòri Ògún! Ogun yeh! (Help yourself, Ogum, Lord of the World, the first to come to Earth or Hail Ogum, the important Orixá of the head! Hail Ogum!)
Colors: red or navy blue
Element: fire
Domain: roads, protection and iron
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Ogum’s hot herbs are: São Jorge sword, aroeira, santa espinheira, eucalyptus, guinea, goat’s eye, purple pine, valerian, devil’s claw, São Jorge’s spear, santa barbara’s sword, questing box, black beech, bamboo, for lightning, sedge, lemon and wins demand

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Bind, contain, cut, shred, chain, destroy and raze.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Abre Caminho, Star Anise, Assa Peixe, Leaf Coffee, Cidreira Grass, Bitter Carqueja, Catuaba – Reply Stick, Horsetail, Damiana, Ginger, Levante, Leaf Mango, Marapuama – Quebra Macha, Mint, Pau Pereira, Pau Tenente, Pitanga Folha, Colonia, Peregun (dracena) green and Peregun (dracena) burst.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Order, induce, lead, forward, strengthen, proceed, readapt and recalibrate.

Herbs of the Orixá Egunita in Umbanda

Egunitá is an Orixá revered in Umbanda, while for other lines, she is a part of Iansã, linked to the gypsies. Fire that consumes and transmutes, she carries with her a sword, symbolized by the lightning bolt and the six-pointed star.

Purifying, she ends addictions and pernicious emotional ties, helping the desperate and lost. Related to saint Sara of Kali, the black gypsy saint, she heats the wind for Ogum, increases the firepower of Xango and radiates the storm of Iansã.

Day of the week: Thursday
Greeting: Kali-Yê, my mother! (Save the Dark Lady, my Mother!)
Colors: Red, Gold, Orange and Copper
Element: Fire
Domain: Fire, Balance and Purification
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The hot herbs of Egunitá are: Arruda, northern bush, camphor, eucalyptus, black jurema, annatto tobacco (tobacco), lightning rod, sedge, nobody can do it with me, and lemon.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Burn, consume, heat and melt.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Saffron Root, Alfavaca, Arnica do Mato, Calendula Flower, Cinnamon, Artemisia, Carapiá Root, Leather Hat, São João vine, Santa Maria Mentruz Herb, Sunflower – Seed w/ husk, Guaraná Seed, Imburana Seed , Resin Incense, Bitter Orange Fruit Peel, Orange Leaf and Laurel.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Energize, inflame, excite and stimulate.

Herbs of the Orixá Obaluayê in Umbanda

Obaluayê is called Omulu when in its most mature and wise version. Lord of epidemics, healing and death, he rules cemeteries, matter and souls. The meaning of the name Obaluayê is King and Lord of the Earth, being also related to this element.

Expansive and transmuting, this Orixá is also lord of souls, taking care of them incarnate, always seeking growth and evolution. He is also the Holy Physician, capable of containing epidemics and healing impossible wounds.

He is represented by the body covered by straw, so as not to show the marks of his childhood wounds. It acts through the color violet, the highest vibratory band in the rainbow, transmuting and purifying. It also takes care of reincarnation and teaches perseverance, detachment, humility and patience.

day of the week: monday
Greeting: Atoto Obaluwàiyé Akosì-Sapakta Toto run Jagun! Geek! A jìí berú! (Let us be silent out of respect for Obaluayê! Silence! We wake up in fear!)
Colors: black, red and white
Element: earth
Dominion: death, reincarnation, evolution and diseases
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The main hot herbs of Obaluayê are: Dehydrated garlic or garlic skin, dehydrated onion or onion skin, vine cruz, valerian, devil’s claw, castor bean, black peppercorns, tobacco (tobacco) and willow.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: To infect, decant and transmute.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Barba de Velho, Sage, Damiana, Sarsaparilla, Sete Sangrias, Trapoeraba, Elderberry Flower, Beetroot, Mulata Catinga, Purple Ipe, Lantana, Umbaúba, Rice, Velame.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Stabilize, make flexible, heal, heal, heal and convert.

Herbs of the Orixá Nanã in Umbanda

Nanã is the oldest and wisest of the Orixás, being also called the Lady of turbid waters. This is because she lives in the mangrove, an archetypal representation of the union of land and water. In this way it is related to the slow transformation of even the densest and seemingly impenetrable energies.

She gives movement to what seems stagnant, working on impossible causes, always very patiently and slowly. It transforms the rigid into malleable, filters the energies and decants the vibrations. It is the old woman, La Que Sabe, the new moon, who transmutes, leading to growth and healing of ailments of body and spirit.

Day of the week: Sunday
Greeting: Sálù ba Nàná Bùrukú! Salù ba Nàná! (We’ll take refuge with Nanã of Bad Death! We’ll take refuge with Nanã!)
Colors: purple
Element: earth and water
Domain: swamps, mangroves
See which are your main herbs in Umbanda.

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Nanã’s hot herbs are: suma vine, purple pine nuts, willow, purple peregun.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Drown, decant, overflow.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Alfavaca, Lavender, Baking Fish, Burdock Leaves, Chamomile Flower, Marsh Cane, Capim Rosario, Comfrey, Sta Maria Herb (Mentruz), Hibiscus Flower, Mulungu Bark / Root, Nutmeg, Sete Sangrias, Trapoeraba .

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Soothe, regenerate, renew, convert, ripen.

Herbs of the Orixá Omulu in Umbanda

Omulu is the older and wiser version of Obaluayê. He is the Lord of the cemetery and guardian of souls, helping with the outcome and working with Iansã to forward the souls. Its phalanx is recognized for handling the densest energies naturally, helping with purification and growth processes.

This Orixá has the ability to calm, contain, stabilize energies. He is the guardian of life, being understanding of men but strict in his demands. Patient, wise and withdrawn, he deals with the process of death and illness, being the great healer, even if it is through the disengagement with the physical body.

day of the week: monday
Greeting: Atoto Obaluwàiyé Akosì-Sapakta Toto run Jagun! Geek! A jìí berú! (Let us be silent out of respect for Obaluayê! Silence! We wake up in fear!)
Colors: purple, white, black, red
Element: earth
Dominion: cemeteries, balance, death, diseases
See which are your main herbs in Umbanda.

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The hot herbs of Omulu are: Dehydrated garlic, hairy vine, danda, open eye, oregano, purple pine nuts, valerian, devil’s claw, purple castor beans, black peppercorns, nettle, purple peregun, willow.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: Reduce, empty, paralyze, dust, mow, wither.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Artichoke Leaves, Angelica Root, Capim Rosario, Leather Hat, Clove of India, Sete Sangrias, Trapoeraba, Basil, Purple Basil, Nut de Cola – Obi Seco, verbena, Beetroot leaves, Catinga de Mulata, Ipê Purple , Lantana, Myrrh, Leaf of Fire.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Heal, exhaust, dry, abbreviate.

Herbs of the Orixá Iemanjá in Umbanda

Yemanjá is the great mother, the one who holds the heads of all humans at birth and blesses their lives. She is faith, motherly love, care and growth. It’s the protection of salt water, calm on calm days and the wave that turns the boat, when necessary.

It is in the sea that it dries up tears, washes away pain and problems, and brings back lost energy. Janaina, Iara, mermaid and the sea itself, she surrounds her children with a hug of protection and love. In syncretism with Christianity, it is Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, bringing her peace to everyone and making each one reach their final port in safety.

Day of the week: Saturday
Greeting: Mo túnba Axé Yemojá! Odo Ìyá! (Your blessing, Iemanjá! Save the Mother of the Waters!)
Colors: light blue
Element: water
Domain: oceans
See which are your main herbs in Umbanda.

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The hot herbs of Iemanjá are: Animal herb, Northern sponge, garlic.

■ Hot, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with hot herbs are: invade, overflow, corrode, pour.

Mornas

The warm herbs are: Lavender, Star Anise, White Rose, Chamomile Flower, Basil, Sta Maria Mentruz Herb, Hibiscus Flower, Marjoram, Mulungu Bark / Root, Nutmeg, Daisy, Sensitive, Rice.

■ Warm, active verbs

The main active verbs to be used with warm herbs are: Generate, flow, sustain, swell.

Specific uses of herbs in Umbanda

Herbs in Umbanda can be classified in several ways. Among them is the characterization by its specific use, which has several variations. In this sense, there are the energization, activation of mediumship and attraction of abundance.

However, there are some other well-known categories, such as discharge, to ward off evil spirits and, of course, those used in various amulets. Understand more about these three types and see examples of plants that can be used in each case.

■ Herbs for unloading

First of all, it is important to understand what unloading actually is. Far beyond eliminating bad energies, it is also a procedure performed with the aim of driving away obsessors, miasmas and astral larvae. The process can be done in different ways, such as bathing, shaking, praying, smoking, rituals and many others.

Despite the wide variety of techniques for discharging, herbs cannot be lacking in Umbanda. They are essential tools in the process, being normally used in different applications during unloading. Branches are used for shaking, leaves for bathing or even tree bark for smoking.

In this way, they help to eliminate obsessors and remove bad energies, clearing the magnetic field. Among the most used are rue, guinea, sword of São Jorge (or Santa Bárbara), mastic, sage, onion, bamboo, garlic, rosemary, tobacco leaf, levator, purple pine, basil, elderberry, coffee leaf, of lemon and many others.

■ Herbs to ward off evil spirits

While the discharging bath aims to eliminate astral larvae, bad energies and obsessors from your magnetic field, the protection bath aims to prevent them from approaching or forming. In other words, the intent is to create a protective barrier that prevents evil spirits from approaching you, as well as evil energies and intentions.

Often, people can direct bad energy to you, as well as a place where you went or had to stay longer. There are also evil spirits that, either for karmic reasons or for having some energetic affinity, end up approaching you. Consequently, your aura can become impregnated, interfering with your daily life.

To prevent this from happening, it is important to use herbs to heighten your protection. Also, it is important to magnetize your field with a protective energy, always after a discharge session. In this way, it creates a shield capable of preventing the approach of most malicious spirits. The ideal herbs for this are mint, lavender, lavender and rosemary.

■ Herbs for amulets

Amulets are objects or figures that you can imbue with magical intent, be it protection, luck, prosperity or whatever you find convenient. It must always be taken with you so that its energy can support your vibratory field. Of course, many of them take herbs during their preparation.

Whether during the amulet’s production process or for its composition, stones, jewelry, objects, written texts, sigils and, of course, herbs in Umbanda are used. For example, the patuá is a protective amulet, usually made of fabric and with dehydrated herbs inside, with other objects of your choice.

The herb chosen will depend on the purpose of the amulet, so to attract prosperity, for example, you can use oregano, basil, lavender or cinnamon. For protection, choose rue, rosemary, pepper, garlic, guinea and again, basil. To attract more health, use mint, rosemary, thyme and eucalyptus.

Can the herbs used in Umbanda raise my vibrations?

If used correctly, the herbs in Umbanda can help you to raise your vibrations. However, its effects go far beyond that. They can cleanse, protect, help cure addictions, and face obstacles.

They also help to bring prosperity, abundance, material and emotional wealth. Other uses are mediumistic development and cleaning of the aura and your home. But of course, always with proper guidance and following the recommendations of a trusted expert.

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