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small galangal Galangal, Low John - Information Page
Alpinia galanga

This Mars plant in the ginger family has a reddish brown root very similar to ginger, although it is more subtle -- gently warming, aromatic, and stimulant. It yields a pleasant tincture in alcohol smelling of camphor and ginger, and in some cultures, as in India, it is an ingredient in perfume (could go into an interesting Martial perfume). In Western Europe in the Middle Ages, the root was considered to aid to one's bedroom performance. It is still used in Poland to flavor vodka. In Hoodoo, it is sometimes called Low John or Little John, and is a help in court cases, and often combined with grains of Paradise to make a protective wash. We have also read that spitting the juices of a chewed root onto the courtroom floor (before the judge takes the bench) will result in a positive legal outcome (though we don't recommend trying this). You can also make this magick herb into an incense by combining it 2:1 with white sandalwood . This herb is also known as Galanga, China Root, India Root, East India Catarrh Root, Rhizoma Galangae, Gargaut, Colic Root, and Kaempferia Galanga.

*Frustratingly, every time we put galangal back in stock PayPal flags it as "inappropriate", then restricts our seller account. As such, we are no longer able to offer this product.

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Protection Spells and Charms
Sex Magic
Mars Herb

Other aromatic roots: angelica, calamus, orris, vetiver.

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