Thokoza all. Greetings !
When I started this blog I promised to post a bit more about imiti / umuthi / muthi / energetic plant medicine. To use muthi properly you need to get instructions from a traditional healer who knows the plants well and how to use it properly. You also need to understand that the plant is not only chemical compounds, but also has energy and spirit. They physical and energetic properties work on different levels.
Many people experiment with muthi and either have no results or negative results. They get muthi from websites or people who sell it without knowing its proper preparation or applications. For some muthi’s, there are cleansing rituals one must perform before using the muthi. Muthi must be harvested and prepared correctly and also blessed and prescribed correctly. The same plant that occurs in different regions may also not be used for the same purpose everywhere as it depends on the sub species and climate it may grow in. In one part the bark may be used and in another part the roots.
Traditional African medicine also has both “magical” and “scientific” properties. That means that medicinal herbs are not only chosen for their “active ingredients” to be ingested but also for their vibratory resonances. In other words: African traditional medicine is also “vibrational medicine”.
In Southern Africa all traditional medicine is called Muti. Muti can be anything from a charm worn against evil spirits to a herbal concoction against stomach bloating. A spell cast by magical ritual would also be called “Muti”.
Medicines are not necessarily ingested but can be worn around the neck in pouches, strewn around the house, burnt as an offering or applied in many other ways. It is clear that the African tradition does not only subscribed to the materialist Western notion of the “Active Ingredient” which means a pharmacologically active substance that could be isolated from the traditional medicine.
African Muti also influences the etheric and spiritual forces. It is based on Millennia of shamanic experience, handed down to the disciple in a long and involved initiation and learning process called Twasa-ing.
Any person to become a Sangoma must get the calling from the spirit world first which can manifest in dreams or even unexplainable sickness or other traditionally recognised signs. All proper sangomas are intuitives of the highest degree.
Some samples of general muthi that is used are shown below: the healer will prescribe a muthi and a method of administrating after reading the bones and divining what the issues is that needs to be addressed. Sometimes muthi can also be enhanced by spells, symbols or stones.
Warning: this site does not prescribe any muthi or advocate use of muthi without supervision or administration by a qualified traditional healer.
Ntabazimi – fights negative energy raises positive energy
Makhanyakude – shine from far
Sbagga – dispels negaitivity
Nhlanhla emhlope – opening closed paths
Mwelela (means “valley” in Zulu) – continuous perseverance
Godide – renewal of all things (Body, Mind, Spirit)
Salt: fights negativity beyond the borders of normal Muti
Chili – dispels tokoloshe (nasty little entities that torment people)
Mini Mini – attracts everyone to the person wearing it