OUR STORY

Connecting People to the Heart of Our Filipino Healing Traditions

Welcome to Herbalaria! We connect people to the heart of our family's Filipino Indigenous healing traditions.  

Propagating an awareness of our original healing ways is a key step to repairing the relationship between people, the environment, and all the inhabitants of Mother Earth. This perspective is based on our ancient Filipino pre-colonial spiritual belief system of Animism, defined as the interconnected relationship of self to all beings, Ancestors, the elements, and the cosmos. 

Our mission is to make Filipino Ancestral healing methods accessible for the wellness of all generations.  We stand in support for causes devoted to conservation and cultural preservation.

Herbalaria is a certified Los Angeles Green Business, proudly supporting and sourcing from Philippine local farms, local businesses in Los Angeles, and from our own urban gardens.

All spiritually elevating wellness products are:

  • vegan* 
  • bee-gan
  • cruelty-free
  • all natural
  • infused with love, high vibrational energy, and good intentions
  • created in ritual
  • aligned with auspicious astrological timing
  • comprised of organic ingredients and crystal essences

In addition to products, we offer shamanic services, spiritual consultations and classes to enhance the healing process by bringing clarity, centeredness, and peace of mind. 

We are humbled and deeply honored to serve you and your Ancestors.

*There are exceptions where beeswax and other products from animals are used as traditional ingredients.

 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional and rightful land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles Basin & Southern Channel Islands), upon which we reside and operate. We also acknowledge the Gabrieleño/Kizh/Tongva, and Acjachamen/Juaneño as the traditional custodians of the Los Angeles region along with the Chumash to the central and southern coastal regions, and the Tataviam, Serrano, Luiseño, and Cahuilla Nations to the east and south.

We are Austronesian Filipino Visayan settlers of Hiligaynon (Pan-Ay, Capiz, and Iloilo, Panay) and Waray Waray (Zumarraga, Samar, and Tacloban City, Leyte) ethnolinguistic Indigenous Peoples from the islands to the east, including all Ancestral bloodlines (Ilokano, Kapampangan, Tagalog, Cordilleran, Bikolano, Chinese, Basque, European, Malagasy) that come from lands beyond the island groups of our most recent Ancestors. Our waters are the Pacific Ocean, the Sulu and Philippine Seas. Our mountains are Cordillera Central, along with volcanoes Apo, Banahaw, and Canlaon, which gave birth to our Motherlands.

Being on stolen Tongva territory, we have the responsibility to take great care and respect of the place we now call home. It is a deep honor and privilege to tend to Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants, as we continue to decolonize spaces for healing and connection. We ask permission from the Ancient Ones of this land to do good work and make good medicine in a good way, so that we will always be in right relationship with Honuukvetam (Ancestors), in collaboration with our own Ninuno (Ancestors), Spirit Council of Elders, and all our relations across all dimensional realms of space and time.

We pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders), and ‘eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

Madamo gid nga salamat sa lahat ng mga ninuno. Mula sa kamulikasan.

Origins

My name is Lyn Pacificar, a Katuuran¹ and Albularyo² traditional medicine person.  I belong to the Indigenous Peoples ethnolinguistic groups of the Hiligaynon & Waray Waray of my most recent Ancestors.

 

 

I grew up under unusual circumstances as a first generation Filipina-American in Los Angeles, with immigrant parents and speaking a mixture of Tagalog, Ilonggo, Waray, and English in one household. 

Lyn Pacificar

At the age of three, I was already channeling messages from the spirit realm, listening to plants and understanding the languages of nature.

Immersed in my culture, I learned our ways of cooking, speaking, and healing from my paternal grandmother (“Mama”), my maternal grandfather (“Lolo”), and my dad.  I asked them questions like where they were from in the Philippines, and even my Mama’s love story of how she met Papa.  I am eternally grateful to them for imparting their stories with me, encouraged even further to learn more about my roots.  

My dad was a Filipino martial artist (FMA Master & 8th degree black belt Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Karate) and Manghihilot³.  At a young age, I learned arnis4, kata5, and hilot--the keys to knowing how the body can get hurt, and how to heal the pain.  He taught me about the various types of oils used in his healing practice which were prepared with specific intentions.  These teachings became the foundation for Herbalaria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My mom is the reason why I was brought up with compassion, love, generosity, and spirituality.  She is an unsung heroine, who works in a lab, helping doctors save lives everyday. 

When I was a little girl, she instilled in me a deep connection to Source and to the spiritual realm.  When I told her I saw colors of light emanating from people, she acquired for me a book on auras to help me understand what I was witnessing from others.  My mom bought me my first tarot deck when I was 15 years old.  When The Nature Company and Natural Wonders stores existed, I would beg her to buy me rock and crystals from both places. She is also my connection to our Motherland, with all the farms and families we get to go home to maintain and visit.

As much as I give credit to my dad for teaching me the ways of being a manghihilot, it was my mom who supplemented my journey with much of the spiritual nourishing I needed to serve all of you today.

Mom Herbalaria

  1. A Katuuran is a Visayan shaman & priestess. I serve the people’s healing needs under the guidance and tutelage of my spiritual sponsor and Ancestor, Apong Mansanat, along with an extensive Spirit Counsel.  DO NOT APPROPRIATE THIS NAME WITHOUT SHAMANIC DUE PROCESS.  
  2. An albularya (or arbolaryo) is a traditional folk herbalist and spiritual healer using a combination of modalities including prayers, ritual, diagnostic readings, smudging, Ancestral communication, and mediumship to achieve a certain goal for the recipient.  
  3. A manghihilot is a traditional healer using different methods of prayer, massage, special oils, and energy work.
  4. Arnis is a weapons-based national sport of the Philippines.  Weapons can range from sticks, knives, and other bladed weaponry.
  5. Japanese meaning “form.” Kata is a set of movements in Karate used to help memorize and perfect form.  It may be used individually or in a group setting. 

 

Ancestral Expression

Roots are very important.  They ground us.  They also tap deep into Ancestral knowledge that are innate in our workings as healers.  Journeying to the Philippines allowed me to unearth and discover truths about my origins, my abilities, and validate my children’s budding powers.

I often travel back and forth to our Ancestral home in the Philippines.  In September 2015, my mom and I went to visit my dad in Surigao City, Mindanao, and manage our farm on Dinagat Island.  

All three of us together felt surreal and nostalgic.  I felt like a child again.  One day, I told my dad that he should tell me everything he knows about our family because his time in this world is running short.  Although this isn’t something you would normally express to your parents, being intuitive allows me to be forward about what I see before it occurs.  

I set up a camera and began recording him as I proceeded to ask him questions.  He talked about healing powers being passed on to the next of kin, should they want to inherit the abilities.  He expressed that I would receive full transference upon his death.  A “transference” is an energetic inheritance of spiritual abilities & powers from one person to another.  He went on to speak about my great-grandmother, great great uncles, and all the relatives that could heal and do harm.  I realized that my lineage included those who did light and shadow work.  That was one of our last conversations as a family in our hotel room the night before my mom and I left for Butuan.  The next day after breakfast, my dad accompanied us to the bus stop. 

The last thing I said to him was, “Love you, Daddy.”

It was 5 am when I heard many dogs howling far below, outside our hotel room window.  It is said that when you hear the sounds of wailing dogs, someone has passed away.  I felt an intense cramping pain in my chest, as if something was being ripped from my heart.  It radiated throughout my body, and I couldn’t explain why I felt like I was dying.  

Our first excursion was to Britania Islands, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur.  There, we took a boat to different atolls and islets, each one made up of beautiful shells and corals, surrounded by turquoise waters.  On one of our stops, there were vendors selling souvenirs to the tourists.  One of them had the only pair of kamagong¹ arnis sticks.  When I first saw it, I knew that I had to have them.  For some reason, I felt that they were gifts to me.  I bought them, excited to show my dad the great find when I get back to Surigao City.  

The next place we traversed was the majestic Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig.  There, I sensed that the Spirits of the land were observing me as I climbed the path to the waterfalls.  I sat underneath the rushing, cool, intense waters--cleansed and renewed in my purpose.  With my mom by my side, we both received blessings from an unknown source of comfort.

 

The day started to wane and our last destination was the Hinatuan Enchanted River.  We were the last ones allowed to swim in the river.  I waded in the deep, pristine aquamarine pools with hidden mysterious caves of indigo blue.  All the tourists had gone, and everything was calm and peaceful.  The place was quiet but teeming with life--schools of large fish gliding along the edges, just beneath the placid surface.  I floated in quietude, with great reverence and respect to the river for this rare privilege.  In a moment of tranquility, I received a message from Ancestors and permission to reclaim ancient plant and energy medicine.  It was here that I felt the moment of transference.  

My dad died before our arrival back to Surigao City.  He was right.  I felt he gave his power to me with his last breath.  

I became even more passionate about bringing awareness of Philippine culture through my own experience as a Filipina-American traditional healer of the diaspora.  Motivated and ready to begin this journey, I gave birth to Herbalaria.

 

(Original Logo circa 2016)

  1. Native Philippine Tree (Diospyros Blancoi) also known as the Philippine Macassar Ebony, often referred to as “Iron Wood.”

 

Full Circle

My journey has taken me to a place where my role is to serve as an authentic traditional healer, teacher, and advocate for our cultural traditions and healing practices.  So many have forgotten the ancient ways of our people because of colonization, enslavement, and systematic oppression.  Much of our pre-colonial shamanic rituals were eradicated with the genocide of our shamans and priestesses.  

I stand today backed by the strength and permission of all my Ancestors and elders to do this very important work.  I continue to expound upon Ancestral traditions by offering the means to preserve peace of mind, body, and spirit.

In addition, I offer shamanic services to bring clarity, healing, and peace of mind.

Thank you for taking the time to read the beginnings of Herbalaria, and for being a part of our community.

 

Maraming salamat,
Katuuran Lyn Pacificar