Spicy root filled with energy,
summon within me, a power I’ve never known.
Also known as Zingiber officionale, Singaber, Zingeber, Ginger Root, Zanjabil
Currently, India is the highest producer of Ginger in the world. Over 380,000 tons per year. China is the second highest producers of this amazing spice, at over 331,000 tons per year. But it is said that Jamaica produces the best ginger.
Ginger is known for its crisp and yet spicy flavor and is used in a variety of ways from cooking to Magick. Today let’s take a look at some of the marvelous uses for ginger.
A brief look into the history and uses for Ginger
When you buy ginger, fresh this is best. The fresh root has a great deal more crispness and vitality compared to dry. Dry ginger is best used in baking. Use it in recipes like Ginger Bread, crackers and the making of ginger ale or beer.
Thirsty tavern-goers in England would add Ginger to their mug of ale and stir it with a hot poker. The tradition into the well-known soft drink enjoyed by many today.
In the United States Ginger is usually used in sweeter foods and beverages. Ginger Bread was a staple in American revolutionary war rations, and you might even be served Ginger Jam in the New England states.
Ginger has long been prescribed for a variety of alignments. In the 16th century England it was considered medicine. While Henry the VIII believed that Ginger could cure the plaque. In many cultures, ginger is still considered a “Cure All.”
As it may seem farfetched that a single spice could hold such claims, ginger appears to do so. Many studies have proven the effectiveness of Ginger. In a study conducted by the American Cancer Society, Ginger proved, “to keep tumors from developing”. Many physicians who favor herbal and natural remedies, swear by the effectiveness of Ginger while others will not state such claims. In other studies ginger also proved to have anti-liver damage properties among other beneficial qualities.
Personally, I swear by Ginger. Especially in the area of digestive alignments and nausea. While I was pregnant with both of my children, I had morning sickness into my third trimester. I tried everything aside from drugs, and Ginger proved the most effective in easing my nausea. When I felt nauseous, I would drink a natural Ginger Ale. I found mine in the organic aisle of my grocery store. The soda was a little spicy but a little went a long way. Soon, I learned to make my own which saved me time and money. Now I use the same recipe for general tummy issues and illnesses.
In the practice of Magick, Ginger is a valuable component. Centuries ago Ginger was almost more valuable than Pepper. Ginger has long been used in the tonic, potions, scent Magick, and as an antidote to some poisons.
For more on the medical benefits of ginger see this article by Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/06/30/ginger-health-benefits.aspx
Now let’s take a look at the more Magickal aspects as well as some practical uses for Ginger.
Increase energy/personal power
Carve your initials into ginger and give to a love interest
As a fragrant spice, it is ideal for use in Scent Magick
Use Ginger at the beginning of spell work to help raise your power
Nausea caused a variety of conditions including Motion Sickness, pregnancy, chemotherapy, and more.
Blood thinning proprieties
Ginger is use in seasoning food, making tea, as a condiment, and/or garnish
Ginger candy and wine also an enjoyable treat
Ginger pairs well with Garlic
Enhances the flavor of meats and vegetables
Ginger will also sweeten and flavor cooking oil before you add additional ingredients.
Peeled and sliced ginger can be preserved in sherry or vinegar
Uncut ginger can be stored in your refrigerator or preserved in vinegar or sherry
Ginger can also be stored in a plastic zip top bag when all the air pressed out of it.
Ginger is a great component in spell work for raising your own inner power. Many practitioners make it a tradition to chew a bit of fresh Ginger root before spell work and ritual. It is especially effective in love and healing spells. Keep in mind, little goes a long way. Ginger is potent and spicy.
In my Kitchen, Ginger is an essential Magick component. Ginger is very hot and it will flow through your body quickly making it effective and potent. You will have to practice using this spice before you “get the hang of it”. At first Ginger may seem like a huge distraction, but as you become more accustom to using it you will be able to use it, effectively.
The following spell is intended for healing and can be adapted for other purposes. Allow yourself to be creative and try Ginger in other Magickal workings.
Ginger Healing Spell
Fresh Ginger Root, 1- thin slice
A Green Candle (or you can substitute with white)
A small fire
Spell Notes: In this spell you will be using a small open fire other than your lit candle. You will need to take precautions with fire as it will take over if you are not mindful. Firstly, make sure your fire is small and safely contained. Fire is already a hazard and when you add it to spell work where you intend to raise significant energy, it become sneaky and volatile.
The instructions of this spell will be explained as though you have already gone through your desired preparations for Spell, Energy work and/or Ritual work. I prefer not to tell you how to prepare yourself and your tools, as this tends to be unique to each tradition and practitioner. So we will begin the instructions of this spell beyond the point of preparation, callings, circle casting, etc.
Also, please ask permission from an individual or members of the individual’s family before you plan to perform any spell work on someone other than yourself. Even when you mean well the individual or family may not truly want your help. In some cases they may not truly want healing.
Begin by lighting your small fire so that it has a healthy flame.
Next work on bringing to mind the specific alignment with the person effected. If you are the subject focus on your alignment. Your focus needs to be undistracted and as sharp as you can possibly make it.
Take the a slice of fresh ginger and chew it. While you chew feel the heat and spiciness of the ginger enter your mouth and move down your throat. You will soon feel the heat all over your body. The fresher the ginger the more intense the sensation. While you chew remain focused on the aliment and the person influenced.
Now light your green candle using the flame of your small fire. As your candle burns envision the source or the root of the illness in your head. See it clearly. As the flavor and intensity of your ginger begins to fade notice that the root of the illness in your mind fading. Keep chewing the ginger and envisioning the root of the illness fading until the flavor and intensity of the Ginger nearly gone.
Once you are satisfied that the ginger is spent, allow your mouth to fill with the remaining ginger juice and your own saliva. Next spit every bit of ginger and saliva out on to your little fire. As you do this envision the root of the illness breaking a part as your spit extinguished the flame.
Turn your focus to your candle and envision the person in question is free from disease. Allow this candle to completely burn out on its own. Once complete, release any remaining energy, then ground and center your own energy to complete the spell.
© The Magick Kitchen, 2014
Through persistence, I found the honest answer… I can have both! I realize that I could forge my own path using the skills and knowledge I gained, and the simplest of techniques.
I love food and everything that goes with it. I have spent more than 35 years in the kitchen, enjoying every minute. Okay… well, enjoying almost every minute of it.
In addition, I have disbursed nearly as many years studying Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. Combining these two interests has created a Magickal path where I combine food and spirituality. To my delight they play brilliantly together.
My love of whole healthy foods, and unique recipes has also lead me to help run a local teen cooking program, where I teach kids valuable life skills in the kitchen. In addition, I teach a variety of cooking classes for adults and covens on subjects ranging from making the time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable, to cooking together as a group, and recipe-spell creation.
It only made sense that I would begin writing and sharing my experience. From this, The Magick Kitchen was born. My journey with you is about developing a spiritual experience with food, far beyond the dull habit of consumption. We have a marvelous opportunity here to take a most mundane task and make it Magickal!
The Magick Kitchen is about connecting to Divinity through food and the ritual of preparing and sharing food. It is about developing a sacred balance between nourishment, ritual, and spirit. Food has the power to heal, sooth, and bring us together as friends, families, and community.
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