|A tuba-tuba plant|
And to end up the ritual, she would rub and blow a peeled ginger in our head, back, chest, palms and soles of our feet. She would then divide it to halves, one for protection which will be attached in our clothes using a safety pin, and the other to be thrown away with her chant, "sakit uban aniang luy-a" meaning- may the illness goes with the ginger's other half.
I guess, above these ancient massage and herbs we considered as alternative treatments and medicines that may help in the healing process, was feeling the loving touch from our grandma's hands. That as if she's telling you, "you'll get well, apo (grandchild), I'm just here to take care of you". And that gave us the feeling of warmth and security that it won't be long before we get well...
We missed our lola, but knowing she's now resting in peace and her soul in the hands of our Heavenly Father, we just can't help but smile remembering those pleasant memories when she was still with us. Yahweh bless.