12 Days of Plant Medicine: On the Fifth Day

In the spirit of the holiday season, we’re offering 12 Days of Plant Medicine. Get to know some of the natural adaptogens and herbs that come together to create our incredible experiences.

We Give You...Galangal

Found in Go, Genius

Wake up and feel the energy. 

Galangal raises alertness, promotes vitality, and sparks arousal. A relative of ginger, the root of the galangal plant (Alpinia galanga) has been highly sought for thousands of years for its invigorating, fiery essence with the oldest reports of medicinal use coming from way back in ancient China and Java. 

Its name likely derives from the Chinese gao liang jiang, meaning good ginger high—and we know how that feels. You're likely familiar with its pungent aroma and sweet, fiery taste as a distinctive part of Thai cuisine. But you may not know that galangal oil contains dozens of psychoactive compounds and is used in ayurvedic medicine both to ease pain and stimulate arousal. Scientists are now confirming that galangal provides a jolt of energy that lasts for up to five hours, stimulating dopamine and blood flow, which enhances alertness, sharpens attention, and even impedes the caffeine crash. Remarkably, this unique energy surge doesn’t increase heart rate or blood pressure and doesn’t drop off suddenly like other stimulants. Other studies have found that it amps up sperm production, and can even repel mosquitos

On the first day we gave you L-theanine.
On the second day we gave you Damiana.
On the third day we gave you Caffeine.
On the fourth day we gave you Theobromine.
What’s coming for the sixth day? Something to get you in the mood.