(Coix lachryma-jobi) Do not take if pregnant.
Folk Name: Tear Grass.
Powers: Healing, Wishes, Luck.
Magical Uses: The seeds are strung onto a necklace and placed around a child’s
neck to aid in teething, and are also worn
by adults in the same manner for sore
throats and colds. The seeds absorb the
pain or illness.
Three seeds can be carried for good luck. For wishing magic, make a wish holding seven seeds (or “tears,” as they are known) and then throw into running water. Alternately, count out seven seeds, concentrating on your wish. Carry these seeds for a week, and your wish should come true.
(from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham)