ginger

Lavender’s Corner

December, 2012

Ginger essential oil

[Zingiber officinale]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Used as a domestic spice in the East for decades. For issues like malaria, toothache and bacterial dysentery, but used as a digestive aid in the West. Used as a spice to warm up the stomach, and stimulate the circulatory system.  Fresh ginger can be used in cookery, baking and in warm drinks. It is popular today in hot chocolate drinks. Experimenting with fresh ginger can bring great joy, plus it comes in very handy in colder weather.

 

 

correspondences of ginger;

Planet~ mars

Element~ fire

Colour~ pale yellow/ amber or a green looking liquid.

Other uses~ arthritis, fatigue, muscular aches and pains, poor circulation, rheumatism, sprains, strains, catarrh, congestion, coughs, sinusitis, sore throats, diarrhoea, colic, cramp, flatulence, indigestion, loss of appetite, nausea, travel sickness, chills, colds, flu, fever, infectious disease, debility, nervous exhaustion.

Rituals~ magical energy, physical energy, sex, love, money + courage.

Blends with~ citrus oils, sandalwood, vertiver, patchouli, frankincense, rosewood, cedar wood, coriander, rose, neroli, lime, and orange.

Parts used~ steam distillation.

Any Precautions? Slightly phototoxic, non-irritant.

 

 

 

This month’s blends [extra things to do with ginger]

 

 

Ginger hot chocolate

Get a bag/tin of hot chocolate add 2 teaspoons to it and stir it together. You can bag this up for gift giving in personalised or ready to paint mugs.

 

 

Ginger success incantation;

“Fire, flame; within the cold,

I will not have my fortune sold!

I make my way, I move towards,

I raise the heat; head these words.

 

Warm my life, wake me again,

Changed, not who I was back then,

As the leaves wonder and fall,

I rise to destiny’s call!”

 

 

The spicy sex and fertility oil blend

Olive oil x10 ml

Grapeseed oil x10 ml

Ginger essential oil x5 drops

Rose essential oil x3 drops

 

Place a few drops across the lower abdomen, place a few drops on the centre of your upper stomach area and place your right hand; and your partner’s right hand in this spot for a while; feel the warmth there, the love, the energy, the connection of power. Then enjoy the rest of your night. If you’d like you can place the oil in an oil burner; DO THIS ESPECIALLY IF: you might be pregnant already, it’s the safest way to use oils in pregnancy, and as always check the safety of any oils before you use them!

 

 

Money oil

Sunflower oil [helps when calling sun deities] x10 ml

Ginger essential oil x5 drops

 

Blend together. Place upon your wrists and draw a money drawing symbol on your forehead before opening your circle. This symbol could be a sun symbol, a sigil, an ogham sign or a rune. Be careful the oil avoids your eyes as you place it upon your forehead; not much is needed.

 

 

Empowering ginger tea

Grate fresh ginger into a mug, pour over hot water. You can add honey or sugar. You can try this with fruit juices, depending on what you like best. You may like to add a regular tea bag or try a herbal tea bag that you have in the kitchen cupboard.

 

Thanks for reading,

Blessed be.

 

The Witch’s Cupboard

October, 2012

 

A Happy Samhain to All

Two Herbs Associated with Samhain are Ginger and Licorice. Both are great for the season.

Ginger:  The parts used are the Rhizomes.  An old Indian proverb says, “every good quality is contained in Ginger.”  Ginger has been used since the dawn of time for healing.  Modern science has supported some of it’s traditional medicinal uses.  Among other things ginger is is used to treat motion and morning sickness, digestive problems, heart disease and stroke, ulcers, arthritis, women’s health concerns, and cold and flu.

Ginger is a tropical perennial that grows from a tuberous underground stem or rhizome.

Just in time for Samhain, here’s a recipe for Gingerbread Witches:

 Gingerbread Witches

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoons allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup molasses

1 egg

3 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

raisins

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, ginger,

cinnamon, allspice, and salt. Beat in the molasses and egg.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder, mixing

well. Add to the molasses mixture and stir until smooth.

Divide the dough into four equal parts. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic

wrap, and then chill for 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

When ready, roll each quarter to 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured

surface with a floured rolling pin. Cut the dough with a Witch-shaped cookie

cutter (or other Hallowe’en-theme cutters such as pumpkins, bats, skulls,

etc.) Press raisins into the dough to make eyes, mouth, buttons, and so on.

Place the gingerbread Witches on a greased cookie sheet and bake in a

350-degree preheated oven for eight to ten minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and place on wire racks to cool. Decorate the cookies

with black and orange colored icing if desired.

This recipe yields about 30 cookies.

from “The Wicca Spellbook”

by Gerina Dunwich

Licorice

Licorice is both beneficial and controversial.  Advocates point out it’s many uses, used around the world for thousands of years.  Critics concede the herbs effectiveness but it insists that it’s :potentially life-threatening side effects” make it too dangerous to use.  For healthy adults who ingest the herb in recommended amounts, licorice’s benefits greatly outweigh the risks.  Licorice is recommended to treat cough, colds and sore throats, ulcers, canker sores, herpes and hepatitis.  It should not be used in patients with high blood pressure.  Licorice is an erect, hardy perennial that reaches 3 to 7 feet.  Small, alternate, inch-long leaflets and ½ inch purple midsummer flowers.

How to Make Sore Throat Soothers With

 These Soothing Throat Pills work wonders for sore throat, laryngitis and other infections of the throat or mouth.

• 2 parts licorice root powder
• 1 part echinacea root powder
• 1 part goldenseal root powder (Note: We recommend organically cultivated goldenseal, as the wild plant is endangered due to overharvesting.)
• 1 part marshmallow root powder
• Honey
• Few drops peppermint essential oil
• Carob powder

1. Follow the instructions for making herbal pills (See Below) to Make Throat Soothers with Licorice. Feel free to adjust the flavors to suit your taste.

2. To use: Take 1 or 2 Soothing Throat Pills daily for best results.

Licorice-Ginger Pills

This tasty and soothing Licorice-Ginger Pills recipe is for singers and those with sore throats.

• 2 tablespoons licorice root powder
• 1 teaspoon gingerroot powder
• Honey
• Cinnamon or cocoa powder

  1. Follow the instructions for making herbal pills in Make Throat Soothers with Licorice. Use honey and 1 to 2 drops water to form the paste, and cinnamon or cocoa powder as a thickener. To use: Take 1 or 2 Licorice-Ginger Pills as needed.

Making Pills

Make Pills with Antiviral Herbs

Making herbal pills is a good project to do with children, who are more prone to take their medicine if they’ve had a hand in making it. Carob or cocoa powder is added to make these pill balls tasty as well as effective. Licorice root powder could also be used to make a licorice pill.

1. Place powdered herbs in a bowl and mix with a few drops of water and enough honey (or maple syrup) to make a sticky paste. (Try these two herbal blend recipes: Soothing Throat Pills and Licorice-Ginger Pills.)

2. If you like, add one to two drops of essential oil to the bowl and mix, either for flavor or for added medicinal properties. (Note: Some essential oils are not intended for internal use; if you’re not sure whether an essential oil is safe to consume, consult a health-care professional.) Wintergreen and peppermint essential oils make excellent flavoring agents.

3. Thicken the mixture with carob or unsweetened cocoa powder to form a thick, smooth paste. Knead until smooth.

4. Break off small bits of dough and roll them into small, pill-size balls. You can roll the pills in carob or cocoa powder for a finished look, if you like.

5. Dry the pills in a dehydrator, or place them on a cookie sheet and dry them in the oven at a low temperature (around 150 degrees, or with just the oven light on). Sun-dry them in warm, dry weather.

  1. Once dried, these pills will keep indefinitely. Store these throat soothers in a glass jar in a cool, dark location.

obtained from the www.HerbCompanion.com