Also Known as Alpinia officinarum, Alpinia galangal, galanga, lesser galangal, Chinese ginger, Chewing John, and Little John.
Galangal is an East Asian tropical shrub with lance-like leaves, iris-like flowers, and reddish-brown, woody rhizomes. It grows mainly in the Eastern Himalayas and Southwest India and was introduced to Europe in the 9th century. Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179 C.E.) referred to galangal as the spice of life and used it in many of her formulas. The name galangal is derived from the Arabic khalanjan, referring to Chinese ginger, whose family it is a member of. Galangal is an important herb in Saudi herbal medicine.
It is used in many magical workings throughout the world. One reported use is that if you spit the juice from chewing this room courtroom floor before the judge enters, you will win the case. Generally used in teas and extracts. Added to aloe to reduce its harsh laxative effect. The chopped root can be added to culinary dishes, and the powdered herb is more convenient for making tinctures but should be taken within one year of purchase. It may also be taken as a tea, extract, or capsule.
Note: Galangal root inhibits the release and action of pancreatic lipase, so don’t take both galangal and digestive enzymes.
Galangal root is generally used in protection incenses and spells and to stimulate energy. This herb is ruled by the planet Mars and by the element of Fire.
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