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Galangal Root 1/2 Oz. (Alpina officinalis) (Chewing/Low John)

Galangal Root 1/2 Oz. (Alpina officinalis) (Chewing/Low John)

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One half ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Galangal (Alpina officinalis). Also known as Chewing John. Evidence points to its cultivation in China as early as the Eastern Han Dynasty. From there, it spread throughout Southeast Asia, becoming a mainstay spice in regional cuisine. Traditionally, galangal held a place not just on the dinner table, but also in medicinal practices and spiritual rituals.

Medicinally, galangal has been used to treat a variety of ailments. Its warming properties were believed to alleviate digestive issues like nausea and bloating. Additionally, its perceived antibacterial effects led to its use in treating wounds and infections. . Its medicinal uses included those weaknesses of the sports of Venus or lovemaking.

Culinary uses of galangal are vast and vibrant. Across Southeast Asia, galangal features prominently in curries, soups, and stir-fries. It was first used as a seasoning in Europe, then as a medicinal. Its unique flavor profile combines a peppery kick with a citrusy undertone, offering a complex warmth to dishes. The flavor is a cross between ginger and cardamon. Galangal can be enjoyed fresh, sliced, or ground, adding depth and intrigue to a variety of culinary creations. Dried Galangal can be powdered in a mortar and pestle and used as seasoning or chewed raw, thus giving it the name of Chewing John.

Magickal studies associate the plant with fire and protection. Galangal roots might be incorporated into rituals for cleansing spaces or attracting prosperity. Its invigorating aroma is believed to stimulate the mind and spirit, making it a potential tool for focus and concentration during meditation or spellwork.

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