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Botanical Name: Cymbopogon citratus.

Gender: Hot, Masculine.

Planet: Mercury.

Element: Air.

Folklore: Sacred herb of native tribes in Malaysia. The main ingredient in Van Van oil.

Medicinal uses: Fever, menstruation, vomiting, diarrhoea, colic, flatulence.

Culinary uses: Add chopped, tender stalks to salads, Thai food, teas, soups, and curries.

Magical properties: Psychic power, Lust, Acceptance.

Growing: A sunny position in well drained soil.

Essential oil: Cramps, indigestion, anxiety, insomnia, nervous tension, stress.

CAUTION: May cause a skin reaction in some people.

Herb of the Month: Lemon grass

Rune of the Month: Nion

Featured in: Ogham

English letter: N

English translation: Ash

Meaning: Locked into a chain of events, feeling bound.

New plans and hope. A card of confidence skill and faith. Follow any business or legal advice, it is wise. A card of ambition and effort. Coming of new plans, hopes and aims. Have confidence in a good outcome. Persevere and be patient. Use tact in different situations to secure a good result.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month: 7 of Wands

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