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Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis.

Gender: Feminine.

Planet: Moon.

Element: Water.

Deities: Diana.

Folklore: The London dispensary 1696 claimed that “Balm given every morning will renew youth, strengthen the brain, and relieve languishing nature.”

Magical properties: Love, Healing, Prosperity.

Medicinal uses: Infused as a tea it relieves feverish colds and headaches.

Culinary uses: Add to salads, white sauces, mayonnaise, jellies, vinegars, and wines.

Growing: Full sun with mid-day shade, any soil type.

Other: The essential oil is useful in Insect repellent and treatment of cold sores, muscle tension, irritated skin.

CAUTION: Avoid if you have eye problems or glaucoma, Should not be taken with thyroid hormone treatment.

Herb of the Month: Lemon-balm

Rune of the Month: Duir

Featured in: Ogham

English letter: D

English translation: Oak

Meaning: Strength and stability.

Downfall and failure. Don't become someone's puppet. Disentangle yourself from obligations. Hidden forces are working against you be prepared. Avoid physical excess and over-indulgence. Let go of outworn ideas. Do something positive. Think carefully before making decisions. Don't become enslaved.

Image used is from the Medieval Scapini Tarot.

Card of the Month: The Devil

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