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dried costus root Costus Root
Saussurea lappa

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.

*The musk deer (pictured here) really does have big fangs: vampire deer (so cute)!. Top

musk deer

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Costus root
1 oz. $7.00

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Love Magic
Musk Substitute
Earth Herb
Elemental Magic

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