Herbal Magick: Galangal or Little John Root

Herbal Magick: Galangal or Little John Root February 28, 2021

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Galangal root photo courtesy of wikimedia commons. Licensed under CC 0.0

Galangal root or Little John root is a popular ingredient in Hoodoo and Conjure spells and workings. Also known as Little John to chew (because you are supposed to chew it and spit out small pieces around the home,) it’s classified as Alpinia galanga. Botanically related to ginger, this rhizome is found growing naturally in Indonesia and Iran. It can grow up to 6 feet tall with beautiful foliage over a foot long. It can be grown in the Southern US, particularly zones 9 and 10. A full galangal root is called a hand, as the individual roots resemble fingers.

Asian medicine employs galangal root for a variety of issues such as digestion, coughs, arthritis and even Alzheimer’s. The website for whiterabbitinstituteofhealing.org shares “Galangal has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It was brought to England and northern Europe in the 13th century by the crusaders where it became a popular spice and medicine. St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179 C.E.), recommended the herb as the spice for life and used it in many of her formulas. The herb also has a long history in Arabic medicine for its healing properties.” There aren’t just medical uses of the plant there are many different magickal one.

Magickal Uses of Galangal Root

  • Traditionally galangal root is used in court cases and situations where justice is needed.
  • The root can be placed under the bed for love and passion.
  • It can be placed in a mojo bag along with small pieces of silver to attract wealth.
  • Burn the root on charcoal to help break curses and hexes.
  • Place a piece with your tarot cards or other divination tools to help increase psychic connection.
  • Put the powder or a small piece of the root under your doormat to protect your home.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the newly released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.
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