Ginger: origins, legends and “magical” properties attributed to the root

he Ginger is a rhizome known and used since ancient times in that time based on culture has been enriched by legends, curiosity and “magical” properties to be discovered.

Ginger , a root that we know and appreciate above all for its properties and unmistakable taste. This spice, however, is also linked to a series of beliefs and in ancient times various magical properties were attributed to it. Let’s find out all the hidden sides and curiosities related to ginger.

In ancient times ginger was used as a food preservative. The root had made a name for itself for a particularly important aspect at the time: added to foods it prevented, or rather slowed, deterioration. This is one of the most important reasons why ginger was considered magical.

Today we will say that this property is due to the antimicrobial active ingredients characteristic of this spice but in ancient times there were still no precise scientific knowledge and almost everything belonged to a magical world.

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Ginger, the origins

The history of ginger has very ancient origins. The root is one of the first spices exported from Asia and it is believed that Alexander the Great introduced it to the West. Ginger arrived in Europe through ancient Greece during the so-called ” Spice Trade Age ” or the era when the spice trade was flourishing.

Ginger was widely used by the ancient Greeks and also by the Romans and was appreciated by well-known personalities and great scholars of past centuries: Confucius believed it to be able to eliminate impurities and lighten the mind, the doctor Dioscorides advised him to warm the stomach and soothe him in case of ailments while Pythagoras even considered him capable of treating the bite of snakes like a modern antidote. Since always, given its spicy taste, it has been associated with sexual power and therefore considered a natural aphrodisiac remedy.

Finally, in the days of Henry VIII, it was thought that it would avert the plague.

In the Middle Ages in Europe it was a highly sought after spice, among the most appreciated in the kitchen and very expensive (it seems that during the 13th and 14th centuries you could buy a sheep by paying with a kilo of ginger!). It was known by the name of ” gengevo ” and was second in fame only to pepper (Piper nigrum).

The name Zingiber derives from the Indian Zingibil or according to other sources from the Arabic Zind-schabil, which means root. The English origin of the word “ginger” derives instead from the word ” gingifer ” (English of the mid-fourteenth century), which in turn derives from the ancient Sanskrit ” srngaveram ” which means horned body, this obviously refers to the particular shape of the root.

Ginger, the magical properties and legends

Ginger root was considered sacred and was used by ancient priests and priestesses to invoke the power of fire. The smoke from the burnt root also worked to consecrate ritual instruments, load amulets and break evil spells.

This spice acted as a catalyst a bit like cinnamon with the aim of “speeding things up”. It was believed to be able to evoke the powers of Mars and the Sun and witches also often used ginger in their magic spells and rituals.

The root was used in several ways but the most common system was to take a small fresh or crystallized part of ginger root and put it in the mouth. At that point one meditated on a desire (for love, protection, request for magical powers, healing, etc.) and began to chew. The person then had to let the magical powers of this root fill the body and aura (that invisible field of luminous radiation that would surround all living beings) by continuing to visualize desire. Finally the root had to be spat out.

And if you could find a ginger root similar in shape to that of a human being, its potency was even greater.

Ginger was widely used for:

  • Promote prosperity
  • Awaken your vital and magical energy: for this you ate food prepared with ginger
  • Keep diseases away: for this purpose a clean root was chewed and then spit on the diseased area of ​​the body to chase it away
  • Rekindle the passionin a relationship: for this reason wines or magic potions were prepared, note for example the one composed of ginger, cinnamon , cloves , breadcrumbs and rose water
  • Attracting money:ginger root was scattered in the bag, pockets or planted
  • Don’t feel fatigue
  • Calm a stormand call for peace: a ginger root was thrown into the sea

Ginger was also used in the creation of amulets or inserted inside the sachets of medicines to promote good health and promote the protection of the patient.

The aromas of ginger were then used to create spicy and fresh aromas, used for magical rites in which the afterlife forces were evoked.

Even in some parts of Africa ginger was considered magical. It was believed that eating a lot of them avoided insect and mosquito bites (particularly dangerous in those places) while the dried root was able to protect from evil spirits and bad dreams if kept under the pillow every night. Powdered ginger sprinkled in the courtyard, on the other hand, helped keep trouble away from your home.

Ginger, a recipe to keep bad luck away

We present a ginger-based recipe used to keep bad luck away (of course take it for what it is: an example of how the spice was used in the past within magic and propitiatory rites, a fascinating memory of the mystical past of our planet ).

Ingredients:

  • a small piece of ginger root
  • fennel seeds
  • a few cloves
  • dried basil
  • small bag or pouch
  • optional: yellow crystal like citrine

Put all the ingredients in a bag or a handbag and if you have it available, also add a small yellow crystal. We must then recite the following magic formula:

“The herbs of the earth fill my life with light.
Bring me luck in one day and one night.
This spell has penetrated with magic and mystery
Turn my bad luck into a thing of the past
Bad luck will go deep into the ground
From now on good luck will follow me around “

Always keep the bag with you for a day and a night and then bury it in the ground (not in a place you own). Your bad luck will also be buried with him

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