Wednesday, March 3, 2010

G is for Ginger



I have been wanting to learn more about herbology in magical and healing practice for some time now. I can't afford to take classes at the local metaphysical shop, so until I can I am doing a little bit of research on my own. I found that ginger is a very powerful healing tool in both medicine and magic. That is why I chose ginger as my ABC post today.

Ginger is one of the many plants that can be used for magic, medical or cooking purposes.

First healing. Here is a homemade elixir you can take at the first sign of a cold Remember I am not a doctor so be sure you speak to your own doctor before making this or any other remedy you find online.

1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup scalded whole milk
1 tbsp honey

Combine ingredients and drink hot.

You can also add a little ginger to your tea to help with stomach aches or use it to flavor other homemade remedies.

Ginger is used often used in healing spells. Some traditions associate it with the moon and others associate it with Mars. Here is a recipe for a healing sachet. This sachet works particularly well with healing pain after surgery.

2 parts cinnamon
2 parts sandalwood
1 part rose petals
1 part cayenne
1 part ginger
1 part rue

Mix the herbs together and then tie into a blue or purple cloth. Anoint the sachet with Eucalyptus oil and wear it on your person or keep it under your pillow while you are resting during your recovery.

Ginger is also an ingredient in Wassail. It is a traditional pagan spiced ale made at Yule to invoke the energy of the sun and good health.

2 pints brown ale
1/2 pint dry sherry or dry white wine
3 ounces sugar (I use unrefined whole organic sugar)
3-4 apples
1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Place peeled and cored apples into a glass baking dish with sugar and 4 tbsp of brown ale and bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes or until the apples are tender. Peel the bright yellow outer layer of the lemon rind. In a large pot combine the remaining ingredients including the lemon rind, but do not add the apples and the juices yet. Bring the mixture to a simmer and keep it there for 10-15 min. Then add apples and their juices and serve warm.

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3 comments:

  1. Ginger is great, I buy Glass jars of Pickled Ginger and can't stop eating it.

    I also had a Ginger Glaze on Granny Smith Apples that was absolutely Grand.

    Do you Grow your Ginger, or Get it from the Grocer?

    Either way I love your post. On behalf of the ABC Wednesday Team, Thanks for joining this week.
    Hope to see you back next week!

    Troy

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