When we decided to include Ginger in our upcoming Herbal Memoir, I’ve gotta admit I wasn’t thrilled. I mean, honestly, Ginger sounds about as exciting as powdered cumin, right?
It turns out, I’d overlooked just how much Ginger-fire I had in my life. Until we moved into our current house, Ginger was the kind of fella most easily taken for granted. We used it in curries and salad dressing, jams and chutneys, breads and cookies, even chai and lemonade. Ginger was an essential for study. Warming and grounding, Ginger essential oil is a perfect partner for rosemary and peppermint to keep the mind alert and receptive. Even in illness, we turned to ginger to ease sore throats and improve digestion.
Then, we moved to our current house in a busy, bustling neighborhood with no fireplace and a ridiculously small bath tub. My family’s primary elements are sorely under-represented here. Our fire slowly succumbed to the weight of blustery and earthy concerns. Ginger quietly stepped out.
This year, I’ve had enough of struggle. Breaking even and having not quite enough time to breathe when we’re doing better than that just isn’t good enough anymore. The time for Ginger magic has come.
First up was an incense blend for Lakshmi to bring prosperity to my home. Dried Ginger root played an important part in heating up the fire. My boy and I ground frankincense, dragon’s blood, and lotus gum resin with Ginger root, cedar tips, and rose petals, then added just a drop of cinnamon bark essential oil. That day, Patrick got a new client. Talk about heating things up fast, eh?
Ginger is used for firing up magical work. For centuries, it was an esteemed aphrodisiac, a use supported today by modern research that shows Ginger root can improve testosterone levels. Ginger fortifies the fire of fertility. Most often, Ginger is added to workings designed to draw money, power, and love. To increase the power of the work, magicians often ingest Ginger before laying their tricks. For me, a cup of Ginger root tea was perfect. We offered warmed milk with ghee and Ginger tea to the Goddess before we got to work, too.
I followed our ritual with a personal mojo bag with a slice of Ginger root to help draw money and prosperity to my home with an emphasis on my own career. Selling hasn’t been my strong suit, at least when it comes to my own wares. I want to see my herbal book sales soar this year. I’m hoping Ginger will help me to it.
Other Ginger projects:
- Mojo bag to draw love with rose buds, ginger root, a picture of your intended, and a bit of grape vine.
- Massage oil for love, ginger essential oil with sweet almond oil and lavender essential oil
- Cologne for luck in financial endeavors with ginger, frankincense, myrrh, and Atlas cedarwood or sandalwood Essential oils
- Plant a lucky ginger root to help lay down roots quickly in a new home or town
- Ginger root, bay leaves, oat tops, lavender flowers, and rose petals in potpouri to honor the creative cycle
For more information on the medicinal and magical uses of Ginger, see The Practical Herbalist!