Allium Sativum is a species in the onion genus, Alium. Close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive and rakkyo. Garlic has a history of human use of over 7,000 years. It's native to central Asia, but was known to the ancient Egyptians.
* Single clove garlic (pearl garlic) originated in the Yunnan Province of China.
*The use of garlic in China dates back to 2000 BC. And it was consumed by Ancient Greek and Roman soldiers, sailors, and rural class. According to Pliny the Elder is was also consumed by the African peasantry.
*Greeks placed garlic on piles of stones at crossroads as a supper for Hekate, and it was taken by Egyptians to invoke deities at the taking of oaths.
*Garlic was used during World War I and II as an antiseptic to prevent Gangrene.
*In Iranian countries which celebrate Nowruy (Persian Calendar New Year) garlic is one of the items in a seven-seen table (traditional new year display).
*In Islam it is frowned upon to eat raw garlic before going to mosque.
*In Hinduism and Jainism garlic is thought to stimulate and warm the body.
*In Buddhist traditions garlic (and the other fine pungent spices) is understood to stimulate sexual and aggressive dreams
Nearly every plant known to mankind has been used historically in some sort of spiritual or magical way, and the Fig is no exception. The Fig's most popular historical debut is in the book of Genesis. In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve supposedly committed the very first sin of humanity and subsequently realized and became ashamed of their nakedness, it was the Fig's leaves they used to cover up. So naturally the act of hiding or covering up one's secrets that may be embarrassing or distasteful has become one of the Fig's prominent characteristics, as seen in many paintings and sculptures that make use of the Fig leaf to cover sexual organs.
Many Sacred Artists and Spiritualists talk about and recognize spirit animals as guides throughout their journeys. However, I feel plant spirits are often overlooked and aren't given the recognition they deserve. Every plant, just as every animal, has its own energy and characteristics that can teach us lessons, give us power, and relay messages from Spirit. You can learn a lot of things from the flowers, as they say.
A solitary and experienced Hedge Witch currently residing in Southern Virginia.
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