Her name means Rainbow Goddess.
Itzel is a Mesoamerican goddess of the earth, the moon, and of medicine. She was often depicted with a snake in her hair and crossbones embroidered on her skirt.
She represents the women healers of Central America during the Pre-Columbian era.All indigenous societies recognized the bodily contribution of the meaning of life that was gifted through women. This is illustrated in the female deities that are associated with fertility.
Women had a valuable identity in their tribes.These healing women are female sorcerers, magical healers, midwives, and religious leaders.They based their authority on their knowledge of the body.
Women as Natural Healers
Some women used their bodies as instruments for the expression of ritual power, a connection that would thread the healer to nature. Their traditional medicine uses things found in nature to take care of the physical and spiritual illnesses of their tribe.
Herbal medicine, which was easily the most available kind of medicine, was and still is, accessible, affordable and widely distributed. Today, as in the past, holistic practices, magic, and prayers are traditions that have been passed down through the ages.
Although Hemp was not native to these regions, feminine healers of Central America used native plants as medicine in their practices then and today.