Our Story

Origins

The founder of Herbalaria, Lyn Pacificar, descends from a lineage of traditional Filipino healers and shamans. She is a katuuran, a Visayan shaman, under the guidance and tutelage of her ancestor Katuuran Apong Mansanat.  She is also an albularya (or arbolaryo), 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.  In addition, she is a certified Reiki Master of Usui Holy Fire Lineage and member of the Society for Shamanic Practice.


Growing up, she used to observe and learn from her father practicing ancient methods of healing that were passed down to him.  He was referred to as a manghihilot, a traditional healer using different methods of prayer, massage, special oils, and energy work.  At a young age, he mentored her in creating the different types of oils used in his healing practice.  These bottles were prepared in ritual and with specific intentions, and became the foundation for Herbalaria.

 

Ancestral Expression

Lyn's father passed away in September 2015.  Before his passing, he expressed to her that she would receive full energetic transference upon his death.  Little did she know it would happen three days later from the time of that conversation. The moment of transference occurred at Tinuy-an Waterfalls, in Bislig, Surigao del Sur, on the island of Mindanao.  There, she connected with the spirits of the land, and waded in the deep and pristine blue waters of the Hinatuan Enchanted River.

Lyn received ancestral message to reclaim ancient plant and energy medicine.  She became more passionate about bringing awareness of Philippine culture through her own experience as a Filipina American lineage healer.  It was through this revelation that Herbalaria was born.

 

Full Circle

Lyn began to practice plant medicine & healing abilities as a child, and earnestly pursued her studies in creating intention-infused oils and powders for friends and loved ones in her teen years. Today, she continues to expound upon ancestral traditions by producing contemporary products that address different types of physical and spiritual issues.

All spiritually elevating wellness products are:

  • vegan 
  • bee-gan
  • nut-free
  • cruelty-free
  • gluten-free
  • all natural
  • infused with positive energy
  • created with crystal essences
  • aligned with auspicious astrological timing
  • comprised of organic ingredients 

Herbalaria is not just any company. It is an ANCESTRAL ROOTS MOVEMENT--connecting community to indigenous healing traditions through the art of Filipino plant medicine. 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 living beings, ancestors, land, air, water, and the cosmos. That said, 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 in East Hollywood, Tongva Territory.

We are humbled and deeply honored to serve you and your ancestors through the art of Filipino plant medicine.  Salamat! Thank you!