Herbal Healing Seminar: Herbal Healing from the Island of Puerto Rico
On August 29, 2010, Angela Lugo , a native of Puerto Rico and an herbal healing practitioner presented the first in a series of workshops on Herbal Healing. Participants learned about the history of herbal healing practices in Puerto Rico and about specific plants commonly used by herbal healing practitioners on and off the island of Puerto Rico.
Lugo comes from a line of herbal healers and spoke of her own family background to illustrate a variety of healing traditions and the relationship of herbal healing and spirituality. The practice of herbal healing was placed in historical context where many healers were afraid to admit that they were practitioners and many who descended from herbal healing practitioners veered away from the knowledge carried by their predecessors. With a growth and acceptance of New Age practices, herbal healing has become more widely accepted, practiced and sought out.
Herbal knowledge comes from wisdom and intuition and is closely related to energy. Herbal healers believe that each plant has it’s own type of energy. Different plants affect each individual differently, as the energies of the plants, healers and the person seeking herbal healing interact.
Lugo discussed a list of plants and their uses that are commonly utilized in Puerto Rican healing practices, but can also be grown or easily obtained off the island and away from the Caribbean. Participants got to taste the juices of several tropical fruits while learning about the healing properties of these juices. They also had the opportunity to touch and examine leaf and full plant samples of many of the herbs discussed in the workshop.
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