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small grains of paradise Grains of Paradise
Amomum villosum

This magick herb is associated with Fire because it is very warming and is often found in charms for sexual passion. In Hoodoo, it is combined with galangal (chewing John) to make a protective wash. Alone, it is hung in a small bag by the front and back doors of the house for protection. It is also one of the ingredients for making a Hand of Glory. Grains of Paradise is nice in a Mars or Fire incense. Top

Non-Magical Uses

Not quite as hot as a black pepper, which replaced it in Europe during the Renaissance, grains of Paradise comes from the west coast of Africa, where people use it as a spice and chew it to warm themselves when it's cold. Showing the deep complexity of Fire, this spice has a slowly building, smokey heat. The Norsefolk included it in their spice chests from the 12th century on. It's terrific mixed with cloves, cinammon, and nutmeg and makes an interesting brewing ingredient. Grains of Paradise is not the same thing as cardamom--same family, different species. Top

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Sex Magic
Protection Spells
Fire Herb

Other spices: cassia,  juniper berries, nutmeg, peppercorns, star anise