Written by Algoth’s Grove
“Job’s Tears… akin to the healing power and magical attributes of the tears of a phoenix…”
It’s an Asian Grain that found its way into Scott Cunningham’s Encyclopaedia of Magical Herbs. Its healing abilities will astound you and the magic that the seeds hold in spell work is something phenomenal. Not only is it also a gluten-free grain which will excite new agers to another degree, but it can be included in almost every dinner or lunch dish that you can think of, not to mention a healthy smoothy drink.
However, it is not the taste that has excited us enough to write about this phenomenal little grass, it’s the healing and magickal properties that made us look twice at this Asian household grain. Job’s tears’ scientific name is Semen Coicis Lachrymajobi from the family Gramineae. The Chinese pharmacies stock it, and across Asia it is known as a powerful medicine. Funnily enough, the plant originated in India…
Job’s Tears are also commonly known as Coix seeds. The seeds have also been known to make a delicious beer, not to mention an extremely healthy one. Job’s Tears have been used traditionally to treat Dermatitis and all forms of skin allergies, they lower cholesterol, inhibit gastric cancer cells, assist in decreasing painful menstruation difficulties, reduce and balance hormonal imbalances in women, weight loss and assists in reducing the onset of osteoporosis. It is also a powerful healer in targeting the spleen, the kidneys and the lungs.
This however is not the true potential of Job’s Tears. Studies have found that Job’s Tears may very well be a cancer inhibitor and have the power to reduce tumour growth. The science behind the studies of cancer treatment are absolutely mind blowing and the potential that this Asian Grass has is truly exciting to say the least. It has been said that the treatment of Leukaemia is especially promising. To read the full study please visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4778515/
Magically, Scott Cunningham referred to them as tear grass. He equated this powerful plant with powers of Healing, Wishes, and Luck. He speaks of stringing the seeds on a necklace around a teething child to assist in teething pain. He suggests that the same process can assist adults with healing a sore throat and for colds and flu. It is said that the seeds themselves have the ability to absorb pain. Making a wish bag with seven Job’s Tear seeds and carrying it with you always concentrating on your wish. Alternatively throw the seven seeds into a flowing stream after placing your wishing intent into the seeds. Preferably do this on the evening of a full moon.
Job’s Tears are used in all sorts of jewellery: In the making of Rosaries, Mala Beads and strings of varying prayer beads. The healing attributes and the powerful energetic signature that is carried by this plant makes it a must have for everyone. It is a healers companion, and a wishful heart’s most favored friend.