Month: May 2020

An Introduction to Kitchen & Cottage Witchery

Witch and witchcraft are buzzwords lately that have us old(er) witches rolling our third eyes. Like anything, learning a new skill takes practice, work, dedication, and humility…. Witchcraft is no different. I have been practicing the “craft” for over a decade and I know that I still have a tremendous amount to learn. That said, if you want to incorporate magick into your daily life through spells, rituals, rites, recipes…etc…I have a few tips. I think that it is important to note that there are many subsets of witchcraft and some folks like to title themselves as one thing in particular. For instance, I consider myself a Kitchen Witch (and Hedgewitch) because my magick is primarily done in my home/hearth/kitchen. I love fermenting things, concocting herbal remedies, and I believe that the foods we eat can heal us and that they’ve got a magick all of their own…but I digress. I look at witchery as a mix of art and science. It’s not some quaint thing to be trivialized in department store gift boxes. Magick …

Fire Cider

I made a big batch of Fire Cider today and I’ve got to say that I love the old, economical medicines the best.   Fire cider is an oxymel, meaning that it is made with vinegar and honey. Its a great tonic to warm the body and boost immunity, particularly useful during cold and flu season. It’s got quite a bit of garlic which is known for its antibiotic qualities. Allicin — the major biologically active component of garlic — exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties and is used in medical treatment and studies You really need base the amount of ingredients you use with the size of your jar/vessel. To give you an idea, I used about 20 gloves of garlic for a jar of this size (about 2 quarts). Ingredients you will need: Garlic (lots of it), minced Citrus (oranges, lemons) Ginger, grated Turmeric Horseradish,  freshly grated or minced Onions, roughly chopped Some sort of pepper (I use jalapenos) Apple cider vinegar, with the mother Honey rosemary (optional extra)You’ll want to peel your garlic, horseradish, …

Bay Laurel Lore

Parts used: Leaf (dried) Latin name: Laurus Nobilis Element: Fire Season: Summer (Late Summer) Significance: Apollo, Artemis, Dolphins, Delphi and Laurel. Medicinal uses: Rheumatism, bile flow, releasing toxins, lung health A crown of bay good fortune brings to poets, cooks, scholars, kings. –Carolyn Dille & Susan Belsinger I am currently in the process of growing culinary herbs and cultivating plants for my witch’s garden. I am hoping to start making tea blends to sell on my online apothecary (but more on that later). My research in plant medicine, teas, and tonics lead me deeper and deeper into into plant lore. Today, I would like to share the myth, lore, and legend that surround one of the most revered herbs that is likely sitting in a dusty jar in the back of your cabinet yearning to regaled again…soon. Myth If you have not yet guessed, I’m speaking of the Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis). In Greece, Bay is called Daphne after the beautiful nymph, Daphne. As the Myth goes, Daphne was transformed into a bay tree to …