Also called:It is also known as Low John the Conqueror, Chewing John, Galanga, China Root, India Root, East India Catarrh Root, Lesser Galangal, Rhizoma Galangae, Gargaut, Colic Root, and Kaempferia Galanga.
Galangal Root has many different uses. Like many different herbs different traditions have different associations and uses of the herb. This herb like many others has multiple properties and associations thought it is commonly used for only one or two of those items.
There are uses in protection magic, legal aid, hex breaking, lust, health, money, and psychic powers are all properties of Galangal Root. Most often in Hoodoo the herb is applied to legal and court case working as well as hex breaking. Occasionally wish granting is also associated with this herb.
Common applications in Hoodoo include chewing the herb and spitting it out with a specific intention to make the spell work. This can be done infront of court houses for legal aid. You can also chew on the root while thinking about your wish or desire and then spit it out when chewed completely to have your wish granted.
By wrapping a bill around the root you can and use that charm to bring money to you. You can also burn incenses of the scrapped and ground root for similar properties. Other charms include carrying the root in mojo bags for protection and hex breaking.
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Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs: by Scott Cunningham