Ginger Meaning, Healing, and Magical Uses
Welcome to the Masters’ Grimoire of Magical Herbs page for Ginger. Here you will learn everything you've ever wanted to know about this herb including Ginger's magical uses, Ginger physical healing, and emotional healing properties, plus its use in meditation, Ginger lore and legends, and much more!
Introduction to Ginger
When most of us initially think of Ginger, we think of its strong peppery, sharply sweet aroma. Its texture is woody like most root plants and its taste is like a spicy citrus plant. A few shavings of ginger, with its extreme potency, is enough for any average person, and not commonly desired to chew on. However, you may consider adjusting to its sharp peppery flavor just because of its multitude of health benefits. Ginger has been proven to aid everything from nausea to high blood pressure and, once you get going down the rabbit hole of its health benefits, you may find yourself integrating it into your everyday health regimen
However, if the taste of pure ginger is too much for you, you might consider adding it to your cooking dishes. Ginger was originally grown in Southeast Asia, India, and China, making it a staple in many Asian cuisines, including Indian and Japanese. It is also used in many Caribbean dishes, having been introduced in Jamaica by the Spanish in the 1500s. Minced ginger is a welcome addition in fried rice and stir-fries, curries, marinades and glazes for meats, and vinaigrettes.
Ginger, in addition to its plethora of physical health benefits, has also had great significance in spiritual practices throughout the ages. Ginger is energetic and fiery and adds power to any magical activity. It is used in spells to “speed things up” or to cause plans to come to fruition quickly. It can also be used in spells to add passion to an existing relationship. (1)
Ginger, also known as Zingiber officinale, is a flowering plant closely related to turmeric and cardamom. The underground stem, or rhizome, of the ginger plant is commonly known as the ginger root. It is well-known for its medicinal properties. The health benefits of this root are well-documented . Ginger has been used across the globe as a natural remedy for thousands of years due to its medicinal properties. In fact, ancient Chinese, Roman, Greek, Arabic and Sanskrit texts have all documented the use of this root to improve health and well-being. The sacred number of Ginger is 13.
Ginger Magical Uses and Purposes
Key Uses: Ginger is an herb of finding unity in diversity, respecting individuality, creating an atmosphere of tolerance, and helping people work together in harmony. This is an herb of understanding and acceptance. Its energies encourage you to support the uniqueness of others, providing rules and structure that help individuals work cohesively together.
Considered an herb of the Fire Element, Ginger adds a fiery kick to any spell or ritual. Use Ginger to amplify the power of your intention and will as well as to bring in the energies to help your spell succeed. Eating Ginger before performing spells will also lend power since you have been “heated up” by the root; this is especially true of love spells. Due to its vibrations of success and good fortune, use Ginger in prosperity spells to bring in the flow of money and financial success.
Healing with Ginger
Ginger Physical Health Benefits
Ginger has been used historically as a natural remedy for seasickness and morning sickness and is well-known for its ability to treat nausea and vomiting.
It helps kill off disease-causing fungi due to its powerful anti-fungal properties. A test-tube study measured the antifungal effects of 29 plant species and found that ginger was among the most effective at killing off fungus. (2)
Ginger could help prevent the formation of stomach ulcers, which are painful sores that form in the lining of the stomach and cause symptoms like indigestion, fatigue, heartburn, and abdominal discomfort.
Natural remedies like ginger can also be just as useful at easing menstrual pain.
One of the most impressive benefits of this plant is its anti-cancer properties, thanks to the presence of a powerful compound called 6-gingerol.
Ginger promotes normal blood sugar to prevent these serious side effects. It also reduces inflammation so it is capable in the treatment of both muscle pain and arthritis-related joint pain.
With its wealth of antioxidants and potent anti-inflammatory properties, ginger is believed to play an important role in the health of your brain.
One of the most powerful benefits is its ability to support digestive health and prevent problems like dyspepsia, a common condition of impaired digestion characterized.
According to a study in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, ginger helps speed up the emptying of the stomach by 25 percent compared to a placebo in people with indigestion. (3)
Spiritual Healing with Ginger
Ginger is energetic and fiery and adds power to any magical activity. It can be used in spells to "speed things up" or to cause plans to come to fruition quickly.
It can also be used in spells to add passion to an existing relationship. Since ginger is a spicy and “hot” herb, it is most effective in love spells.
Plant the root to attract money or sprinkle powdered root into pockets or on money for prosperity.
It is also used in Success spells, or to ensure the success of a magical operation. Money and Power will be yours if you drink ginger brew.
It can be used as an aromatherapy style to “ground” a person while stimulating the mind.
In modern Wicca, Ginger is used in recipes of herbal mixtures used in the consecration of athames. In the magickal arts (just like in the culinary arts), Ginger Root “heats up” whatever else is going on. So it acts as a type of amplifier but only for the types of work mentioned. Don’t use it for works of spiritual elevation.
Ginger is used for heating up luck in love, passion, and prosperity.
In Hoodoo, Ginger is known as JAMAICA GINGER, also called JAKE ROOT, and it gives a fiery form of Protection and heats up Love and Money Spells.
A whole dried root will protect from evil spirits, bad dreams, and hag-riding if kept under the pillow.
Powdered ginger sprinkled in the yard stops trouble. Add it dried to love oils and powders to increase the heat of Passion.
A famous Hoodoo “Trio-Hand” for Gambling consists of a whole GINGER ROOT, a whole John the Conqueror Root, and a whole Nutmeg. Each curio is separately prayed over with the 23rd Psalm as it is anointed with Fast Luck Incense Powders. The assembled "trio” is then prayed over collectively, "In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost,” before being placed in a red bag.
If you suffer from nightmares consider keeping a whole dried ginger root under your pillow (or under your bed). This will repel bad dreams and ensure a good night’s sleep. It can even protect you against hag riding which makes Ginger root a great addition to a dream pillow.
Emotional Healing with Ginger
There are a lot of anti-inflammatory properties of ginger that can help your brain. For example, ginger increases serotonin and dopamine levels. This can reduce inflammation, which may cause depression. Ginger could also provide benefits for anxiety, depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. (4)
Ginger increases blood flow to the brain. Adequate blood flow is important because it delivers nutrients to the brain and removes metabolic waste, toxins, and other debris.
Ginger for Chakra Healing
Ginger is prescribed for treating imbalances of the Root and Sacral Chakras. The Root Chakra is the first chakra also sometimes known as the Base Chakra, the red chakra, or Muladhara. It is located at the base of the spine and controls the kinesthetic energy for feeling and movement. It is the foundation of physical energy and spiritual energy for the body. When the Root Chakra is physically out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as lethargy, feeling down, low levels of activity, low enthusiasm, and a need for constant stimulation. When the spiritual energies of the Root Chakra are out of balance, you will feel flighty, disconnected from reality, and distant. You may begin to doubt your beliefs, stop being loyal to those around you, or find yourself deriving little joy from physical pleasures. You will also likely have a lack of motivation and drive.
The Sacral Chakra, or Second Chakra is located below the naval and above the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis. It controls the flow of energy and is the center of gravity of the body. It is the center of the Life Force of the body. It is the reservoir of the life force and all life flows out from the sacral chakra. It controls the flow of information from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body. Gut feelings, intuition, and other “non-linear” communication comes from this chakra.
When it is out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as confusion, over dependency on others, repression of feelings, inability to feel joy, fear of sensuality or sex, and frustration and bitterness. When it is in balance you have grace, feel pleasure in life, enjoy yourself, play, and find you are flexible in both body and mind.
Color Energy of Ginger
The color ray for Ginger is Yellow. The yellow color ray brings in vibrations of happiness, clarity, enlightenment, energy, and optimism. It is also wonderful for getting things organized around you and in your mind. Yellow crystals can help you communicate better with others while becoming more alert and aware.
The color ray is also tinged with Violet energy as the top of the flower stock is a times violet.
The yellow color ray gives you the power to solidify new interests and new relationships. It helps you to see things in new ways and to become enlightened. This ray adds clarity to your life. It helps you wake things up and add zest, optimism, and meaning to your life and relationships.
The yellow color ray resonates with vibrations used for new efforts, new beginnings, and new projects. The yellow color ray gives you the power of heightened awareness that lets you focus on the needs of the person or group you are getting to know. It allows you to use your energy to be aware of your surroundings and the subtle nuances coming from others.
Notes from the Masters
I’ve always loved ginger! Usually I add to my sushi rolls and it gives it that extra kick and crunch I crave. It’s health benefits have also always been a draw for me and I enjoy some lemon ginger tea when I’m feeling a cold coming on. It always helps.
Angels Associated with Ginger
Ginger is associated with Aziel, the guardian of the 25th mansion of the moon, The Mansion of the Breath, and the astrological sign of Aquarius. Consider using Ginger in rituals and spells during the Mansion of the Breath to amplify the energies of this watery, Aquarius-ruled mansion.
Ginger is also associated with Nogahel, ruler of Venus. Consider using Ginger in spells or altars dedicated to the goddesses Venus, Aphrodite, or Ishtar to bring in energies of love, passion, and fertility.
Ginger and the Goddess
Ginger is sacred to Aphrodite and Lilith. Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of Love and beauty. Lilith is the Sumerian Goddess associated with sexuality and lust. Both goddesses promote sensuality, sexual attraction and beauty. (Sexuality, sensuality, personal confidence)
Aphrodite is the Greek Goddess of Love. Worshipped for her ideal beauty, Aphrodite holds sway over matters of love, desire, and sexual pleasures. Aphrodite often represented unity and harmony, as well as blending or intermingling. This may explain the goddess' wide range of associations such as warfare and politics, realms where diverse groups had to work together as one. She was also, more specifically, the protectress of city magistrates.
Lilith, the goddess of sexuality and lust, is a female figure in Mesopotamian and Judaic mythology, considered to be the first wife of Adam. and supposedly the primordial she-demon. Lilith is cited as having been "banished from the Garden of Eden for not complying and obeying Adam." Often portrayed throughout ancient history as a tempestuous she-demon, in modern religious practices, she stands as a symbol of freedom, courage, playfulness, passion, pleasure and sexuality. Today, she could be considered the first true liberationist and feminist, but also as a perfect representation of how some religions of old depict women who do not honor their traditional roles.
Ginger Birth Herb
Ginger is one of the birth herbs for those born on March 12, March 15, March 26, April 23, May 11, May 20, August 2, September 23, October 3, October 19, December 2, and December 7. Those with birthdays on these dates will find they have special attraction to Ginger and the magical energies of Ginger may be dominate in their personality traits.
If you were born on one of these dates, you might find that you have a particular attraction to Ginger. You may feel drawn to it. Those with the birth herb of Ginger will likely find it more powerful and intuitive to work with.
Ginger I Ching Hexagram
Ginger is governed by Hexagram 13, Getting Along. Key energies are: “Tolerance, fellowship, allowance, liberality, understanding, acceptance, broad-mindedness, pluralism, and confederation. ” (6).
Ginger Astrological Sign
The zodiac signs associated with Ginger are Sagittarius and Scorpio (7)
Uses of Ginger in Feng Shui
Ginger brings in the energies of the Fire and Earth elements.
Fire energy is the energy of enthusiasm, warmth, brightness, illumination and activity. It is Yang in nature. It is the energy of heat, action, emotion and passion – of ideas, of concepts, and sex. It is traditionally associated with the south area of a home or room, and with the fame and reputation area of your dwelling. Use its energy to give your life the boost it needs to enhance your standing in the community and within your family.
Earth energy is the energy of health, knowledge, and stability. It's also strongly associated with familial and romantic relationships. Earth energy also represents groundedness, stability, and nurturing. It’s related to boundaries, how we care for ourselves, and how we care for others. You might want to bring more earth elements into your home if you feel like you could use more support or stronger boundaries, or if you have been feeling a little anxious or unsettled. Earth energy is traditionally associated with the Northeast and Southwest areas of a home or room. These are the Skills and Knowledge area and the Love and Relationship area.
Uses of Ginger in Talismans and Amulets
Ginger is used to make talismans and amulet for needs including: Deal with Depression,Discernment, Encourage Vivid Dreams, Remembering Dreams, Ecstasy, Dealing with Emotional Stress, Inner Dimensional Travel, Intuition, Deal with Loss of Love, Luxury,Negative Energy Clearing, Prophecy, Protection from Evil Eye, Protection from Psychic Attack, Psychic Power, Rewards, Romance, Solitude, Avoiding Tricksters, Youth, Magic, Wonder, Awakening, contemplation, Creation, Artistic Expression, Beauty, Delight, Visualization, Appreciation, Chakra Balance, Channeling, Charity, Consciousness, Divine Love, Fairness, Gallantry, Gratefulness, Gratitude, Justice, Kundalini Energy, Mildness, Modesty, Politeness, Spiritual Wealth, Thankfulness, Understanding, Heart, Values, Sympathy, and Kindness.
Using Ginger in Divination
Use Ginger in Divinations for creating an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual support despite differences.
Meditation with Ginger
Fellowship provides the opportunity to merge with the whole to understand the importance of the part you play within it. Let go of the limitations that hold you back from seeing your unity with all that unfolds around you. (8)
Lore and Legends of GInger
As early as the time of Confucius, the Chinese have grown and used ginger as both a medicine and a food. In ancient Asia, as today, it was valued for its ability to build fire, both as a digestive and as an aphrodisiac. The Maharata, a Hindu text written around 4 BCE, recorded the use of ginger as an ingredient in stewed meat dishes.
The Kama Sutra goes on to suggest ginger as an effective means for arousing sexual energies. In ancient Auryvedic practice, ginger was often called the “universal medicine” because it’s generally good for all the doshas although it has special affinity for the kapha dosha. Even the Koran includes ginger in the feasts of Paradise.
As one of the spices first traded along the Spice routes and Silk Road, ginger’s value held strong. Discordes and Pliny valued ginger’s power to improve a variety of complaints relating to digestion and to stimulate sexual arousal, particularly in men. Ginger was used primarily as a medicine in ancient Rome and Greece, but by the late middle ages in Europe it had gained considerable traction as a sweet and an aphrodisiac.
Europeans used ginger to stimulate arousal in men and women. Madame du Barty, for instance, was recorded as serving ginger to all her regular lovers, including King Louis XV, to turn them into pliant, submissive sexual partners. Portuguese slave owners of West Africa fed ginger to their slaves in the hope that it would ensure a strong population and thus a strong profit margin. Ginger root, later known as Jake Root, was also a common ingredient in charms designed to draw love quickly.
Thanks to the English colonists and the Spanish conquistadors, ginger’s popularity spread into North America, South America, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean. The Melanesian islanders of the South Pacific used ginger to win the affections of girls while their Dobu island cousins chewed and spit ginger to stave off illness and wind storms.
European Colonists planted ginger through the West Indies, where it became a naturalized crop and was traded through the colonies. Notable leaders such as George Washington made regular use of ginger in foods and cakes, beers, and wines. The Shakers were the first north American settlers to farm ginger, planting the Jamaican variety we know today rather than the wild ginger the native peoples used.
Ginger’s use in magic has primarily toward stimulation. It’s been employed in spells and charms designed to attract money, love and success, with love being the most documented use. Eating ginger before working magic was believed to help increase the magician’s energy and thus make the magic stronger.
by Nicole Farmer
Nicole is the resident Tarot Master at Crystal Inner Circle. She studied English at the University of Florida and has been working in Crystal Healing including Divination, Feng Shui, and Alchemy for the past seven years. She specializes in herbs and is the co-author and teacher of the Crystal Master Herbalist Course offered by the Crystal Guild.
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