OUR STORY

About Herbalaria

Welcome to Herbalaria! We are an Ancestral roots family company connecting community to Indigenous traditions through the art of Filipino plant and energy medicine.  We are located in the heart of East Hollywood, Tongva Territory, California.

Propagating awareness of Indigenous medicines and traditions is a key step to healing the relationship between people, the environment, and all the inhabitants of Mother Earth. This perspective is rooted in our ancient Filipino pre-colonial 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 to all, for the promotion of cultural preservation and environmental rehabilitation.

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 farm.

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.

 

Origins

My name is Lyn Pacificar, a Katuuran¹ and Albularyo² Indigenous medicine person.  My lineage is rooted in the Western and Eastern Visayas (Ilonggo and Waray) regions of the Philippines.  

 

 

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

Because I was so 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 was such an inquisitive child.  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 grateful to them eternally for imparting their stories with me, which encouraged me to know and remember my roots.  I was truly blessed to share such a special time with my Ancestors when they were living in this realm.  

My dad was a Filipino martial artist (FMA Guru and 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.  These bottles were prepared in ritual with specific intentions, and became the foundation for 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.  
  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.  Being on this journey to the Philippines is the path to finding the truth and bringing clarity to my abilities as well as 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 that, someone has passed away.  I felt a pain in my chest, as if something was being ripped from my heart.  The pain of loss 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.

 

  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 a traditional healer, teacher, and advocate for our Indigenous medicine.  So many of the living descendants 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, both recent and Ancient Ones, and by the elders to do this very important work.  I continue to expound upon Ancestral traditions by producing contemporary products in ritual that address physical, mental and spiritual wellness.  

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 this Ancestral roots movement.

 

Maraming salamat,

Lyn