Libra

Libra rules the kidneys, which means that ailments and illnesses are frequently connected to it.

For kidney infections: add half a pound of plantain to two pints of water; bring to the boil, simmer for five minutes and drink frequently. Or add two ounces of red kidney beans and eight ounces of watercress to two pints of water; bring to the boil, simmer for one hour and drink as soup.

For urinary infections such as cystitis: tea made from fresh bamboo leaves, water plantain and corn silk. Drink frequently.

For a low back pain: make a pie out of one pig’s kidney and four ounces of chopped walnuts (soaked until soft).

For spleen disorders: steam eight ounces of sliced chicken with two ounces dried mushrooms, one ounce of black dates, fresh ginger, spring onions, rice wine, salt, white sugar and a little soya sauce for about 15 minutes. Eat with a dressing of sesame oil.

Foods ruled by Libra

Pasta, wholegrains, mushrooms, lettuce, bamboo shoots, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, coffee, cocoa powder, nutmeg.