This Ficus Religiosa has a long history and legends with many spiritual applications. The Bodhi tree as it is called is the sacred tree The Buddha “Siddhārtha Gautama” transformed into the enlightened Buddha. It is said that those who meditate at the foot of this tree realize the eternal Truth. Meditation or rituals at this tree feet are influenced by devi-spirits of light.
In the Yoruba traditions, the leaves are offered to the goat that will consecrate Shango's tools. The leaves are essential for the initiation into Orisa/Osha/Ifa the leaves of this tree are one of the principal herbs used for the elixir known as “Omerio” this Omerio is Osainya itself.
The leaves are used to decorate Shango's altar and shrines. When the Orisa Shango is angry with an individual or his devotees. A mixture of Bodhi Tree leaves (Alamo) siam weed (Rompe saraguey). Maidenhair fern (Culantrillo) calms his aggressions toward that individual. The leaves grant protection in the household. The leaves are used to attract "Good Fortune".
A brew solution is made to cleanse the home as a floor mop or applying the same solution onto a Red cotton cloth and whipping the furniture, walls, doorways, or objects of your choice removes evil spirits or negative influences. it breaks the parasitic negativity attachments. using the leaves of Alamo,salvedera, castor bean and Rue are employed to break the malevolent power. You can also cover the sacred tools that makeup Shango, in Alamo leaves.
The Alamo has a history for treating the following conditions. Asthma, Atrophy, cholera, dysentery, fever, gonorrhea, gravel, inflamed feet, Otitis, pimples, rheumatism, skin disease, smallpox, sore, toothache, weak nerves, hair loss, vaginal infections, hemorrhoids.
Divination symbols-OduEyioko-osa, Iwori-Ika, Odi-otura, Iroso-Osa, and Osa-iroso,ika-Osa, Oshe-Osa
Lukumi: Afoma, Ofa, Abaila, iggole ikiyenyo
USA: Peepul-tree, sacred ficus