Metaphysical Properties Of Galangal Root
Official Name: Alpina officinalum
Other Names: Chewing John, China Root, Colic Root, East India Catarrh Root, Galingal, Galingale, Gargaut, Indian Root, Kaempferia Galanga, Low John the Conqueror, Rhizoma Galangae
Metaphysical Powers: Protection, Lust, Health, Money, Psychic Powers, Hex-Breaking
Common Magickal Uses and Folklore of Galangal Root
- When worn, it protects its bearer and draws good luck.
- Placed in a sachet of leather with silver, it brings money.
- Powdered Galangal is burned to break spells and curses.
- When carried or sprinkled around the house, it promotes lust.
- When worn, it aids psychic development and guards health.
- If Galangal is unavailable, ginger can be used.
More magickal uses include: winning in court, doubling money, hex breaking, and sex magick.
Burn as incense to remove evil spells and break curses. Carry for protection, to improve psychic abilities, and to bring good health. Carrying into court may make the judge or jury feel sympathetically inclined toward you. Wrap money around the root, and it will multiply threefold. Burn carefully for 14 days before a court case, saving the ashes and bringing them to court in a green flannel bag for luck.
Galangal's rhizomes are pale sand-colored with earth-tone rings on their semi-rough surface. Its flesh is ivory to yellow in tone depending on its maturity. It has a floral and spicy aroma with earthy, woodsy, and mustard-like flavors with subtle citrus undertones. Its appearance gives the first impression that it is, indeed, related to ginger. Both plant's roots are knobby, wild-shaped, fibrous, and firm with similar textured and colored flesh. Their relation and appearance are where the general similarities end, though.