All posts tagged: hearth witchery

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, …