It's been a minute sense I've compiled a new article with valuable and free information for my followers, so here we go. Galanga maraba ( Kaempferia galanga ) is the name of this botanical. According to "Plants Of The Gods" by Schultes and Hoffman, there have been somewhat un-comprehensive reports that this ethnobotanical was used as an entheogen in New Guinea. It's also mentioned in several books of mine as a "traditional oneirogen" ( dream inducing herb ). It's been used in both folk medicine, and for relaxation by some cultures. One should use great caution if planning to utilize this plant. I hope to encourage harm reduction with this article. It's not my intention to encourage dangerous behavior.
Other plants such as Voacanga and even Kratom ( believe it or not ) are also used in New Guinea. This is not surprising as the culture there has embraced such natural tools for psychological and physiological health for some time now. One thing that is truly unique about this botanical is its rarity in being discussed among the mainstream ethnobotanical culture here in the west. It also appears that very little research has been conducted on it. Hopefully articles such as this one will yield interest in academic minds around the nation, thus resulting in further studies. I'm proud to be adding this oneirogen to my list!
The rhizomes are prized in its native land as a condiment. The leaves are brewed into a tea for their medicinal benefits. That doesn't mean someone with no training or experience with the herb should mindlessly consume it. Many ethnobotanicals used by certain cultures can yield dangerous results if someone lacking knowledge attempts to use them. This is not the case with all plants, but generally one should use great caution when dealing with them. Interestingly enough, it's a relative of Ginger.
It's also commonly reported to be used as an oneirogen there, which means they believe it to enhance, stimulate, or induce various types of mystical dreams. I don't have a citation for that last statement; however a quick google search can yield many results, most of which include citations. I did find this notion interesting, as I am constantly learning of new botanicals used for such applications. With so many plants having such a wide range of applications by so many different cultures, it appears obvious that our relationship with nature is vital for optimal health, both on a physiological and psychological level. After all, the food we eat originates from the earth, and it contains the live giving collaborations of atoms that we call vitamins, nutrients, phytochemicals, etc.
For anyone who's new to higher education, and interested in a field of study related to these types of plants and their pharmacology, I suggest the study of Phytochemistry. You could be the first, or one of the few to actually put an end to the lack of scientific certainty for ethnobotanicals such as Galanga maraba. With more and more truth being exposed to the main stream, those who seek to cloud of vision with propaganda loose the battle quicker and quicker. Thank you all for checking out this page, and if you found it helpful, interesting, or anything of the sort, please subscribe to the newsletter towards the bottom of the page. :)
Applications: spice, aphrodisiac, entheogenic, treatment for stomach ailments, general medicine ( to be used carefully and precisely ), and more.
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