This root has a musky
fragrance that makes it good in potpourri and incense. It is often used in infused oils, perfumes, and incense as a vegetarian substitute
for musk from the musk deer*. It is a crucial ingredient in several of our incense blends. The scent of costus root has the
ability to heighten body awareness (grounding) and to act as an
aphrodisiac (which makes it good for love magic). This magick herb is
usually considered Earth,
but some have allied it with Saturn.
In various traditional health modalities, it is used both as a sedative
and as a stimulant. According to Ayurvedic sources, it has narcotic
effects when smoked, and belongs to the category "Herbs that regulate Qi". It is also known as Saussurea costus or Aucklandia lappa.
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