I have several roots and other organic pieces in my bone sets. One of them is Little John to Chew or Galangal (Alpinia galanga).
Per Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, Little John to Chew is believed to be lucky for court cases. I have also seen it described as being used, along with other ingredients, to keep the law away.*
I use it primarily to represent court cases and legal matters. However, if the client is not involved in any legal issues at the time I sometimes interpret it as a warning to be honest, and above-board in all of their dealings, and to do things by the book. Avoid short-cuts or cutting corners. Cross every “t,” and dot every “i.” Failure to do so could lead to future legal issues.
Pieces nearby can shed more light on this piece. If it is near the heart, perhaps a divorce or family matter may end up in the courts. If it is near a large sum of money it can indicate receiving (or paying) a settlement. I often see this piece when the client is considering starting a business of some type. It can be a warning to get all agreements or contracts in writing, and/or to enlist the services of a lawyer before signing anything.
It is a sturdy root and mine have held up well for several years now. You can get it from shops that sell hoodoo herbs, or from shops that sell Asian spices as it is used in cooking some Asian dishes. It is a member of the ginger family (sometimes called “Thai Ginger”). Don’t buy the fresh version – get the dried with whole pieces, not slices. You can read more about this root in Dr. E’s article about the three Johns.
*Hoodoo, Conjuration, Witchcraft, Rootwork by Harry Middleton Hyatt, Volume One, Page 609, Spell 2097