Botanical Name: Alpina officinarum
This herb has been used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times and still is. Galangal was first brought from the Asia to England and northern Europe in the 13th century by the crusaders and soon became a popular spice as well as medicine. The Medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen recommended the herb as a tonic for the heart, calling it “the spice of life” and said it was a gift from God meant to keep diseases at bay.
The herb is highly aromatic and has mild spicy flavor and it is used extensively in the Indonesian cuisine.
Galangal root is associated with the element of Fire and therefore is wonderful to use when intense focus and concentration is needed. A perfect aid for the practitioner when working on visualizations and for manifestation purposes.
Use dried pieces and chips of this root when formulating oils and washes used for other spells.