Ginger root is just amazing – it has so many properties, for both medicine and magic, that you would need a whole book to put them all together. I use ginger in my food, as part of herbal teas, and of course on my magical work – it is a perfect choice for Road Opening, Empowerment, Protection, Love, and even Hex-Breaking magic.
In my opinion, there is no comparison between starting with a fresh root, and purchasing the tasteless shit the supermarket sells on the spice section. But, a root is quite big, and if you leave it in the fridge, it will start wrinkling and losing taste and power very quickly. Here is a post on how I preserve and store ginger root from fresh – enjoy!
The root is pieced in chunks, the skin is peeled off as thinly as possible with a short and very sharp knife, and the root is then cut into thin chips or dices. If I only used it for magic, I wouldn’t peel it and just go straight to chopping it, but a lot will be used in the kitchen too, so peeled is easier to measure and powder if needed.
Note 1: Don’t throw away the peels! These are perfect for incense, infusing oils, for natural potpourri or amulet sachets.
Once the root is peeled and chopped, you must place it in on a shallow layer in a tray, and let it to dry on the warmest place in your home. Every day, you will turn the layer over to prevent it from molding until it is fully dry, which can take up to 2 weeks or more, because of the high water content roots have. It is a very good idea to place a layer of absorbent paper under the root chips, or a tea towel, to gather humidity – but the important step is to turn them over every single day.
If you live in a very cold and/or humid environment, you can place the root to dry in the oven. Keep it at the lowest setting for 3-4 hours, and keep the oven door slightly open so it doesn’t actually bake. Note for beginner Brujas: if you can smell it while it’s in the oven, it’s too hot!
Note 2: do exactly the same with the peels if you are keeping them.
This is how the root chips look when dry. Now, a part will be powdered in a coffee grinder, and placed in a small jar in our kitchen; the rest will go as is to our magical apothecary to be used in spellwork, oil lamps, etc. If properly stored, its scent and properties will last for many, many months!
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