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Ariella Upton is a solitary eclectic witch who was raised by a Christian kitchen witch. She has a wealth of knowledge about herbs, crystals, natural remedies, gardening, history, religion and is currently studying astrology. She works as a PA & manager on Maui, and spends her free time with her magickal family in the forests and beaches they call home. Her shop is on Instagram as @the.celestial.rose where she sells jewelry, artesian smudge sticks, antiques, books and more.

 


 

Kitchen Witching 101: Herbs

 

There are myriad of sub-topics to cover under such a broad category, one I could write pages upon pages (and have!) about herbs, salts, cooking methods, growing a garden, cosmetic uses, remedies to fight ailments… into infinity!

Today I would like to start at the very basics of Kitchen Witchery, the herbs. There are SO MANY herbs we could talk about, all of them wonderful, with their own properties in the physical and metaphysical world. It is HARD to narrow them down, because I love them all, but these top 5 cover a broad spectrum of health, beauty and magickal properties.

 

Top 5 Must Have Herbs

 

  • Garlic – this is my top #1 all time favorite herb. It does MF everything, from toothaches, warts, inflammation, heart & blood ailments, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels, eases headaches, treats type 2 diabetes, fights cancer like a BOSS, yeast infection and so many more! It contains vitamins A, B + C, magnesium, potassium, selenium, allin, sulfur, phosphorus & germanium. In the garden, these plants repel slugs and snails; I plant them as a wall around my garden and it definitely helps. It is easy to propagate, simply take the fattest, outer bulbs, put them in a bit of water (I use toothpicks to keep them partially submerged) and place in a sunny window. Once roots and sprouts appear, they can be potted. Magick wise, garlic has been rumored to avert vampires. While you may never meet a fanged immortal, there are energy vampires aplenty in our world today, so hanging some in your home, placing bulbs near entrances or having a nice little potted one on your porch will help keep those energetic monsters away.

Garlic

 

  • Ginger – this is another super herb. Use it to treat inflammation, arthritis/muscle pains, poor circulation, high cholesterol, colds/flus, any type of nausea (sea/motion sickness, morning sickness, chemo side effects). Used in cosmetic products, it fights signs of aging, improves skin tone, calms irritation plus it adds a warm fragrance to the skin as well. You can understand why it is so super when you consider it is chock full of Vitamins C & B6, magnesium, manganese, potassium and copper. I used ginger tonic for my babies when they would get sick, from about 9 months old (when it is ok to give them more than just milk). I also use it in my ageless face mist (ginger tonic+rose water+witch hazel.) In the garden, it can be a bit invasive and needs to be kept fairly warm (read: won’t live through winter.) HOWEVER it can be grown inside in troughs. For Magick purposes, the scent of ginger induces passion & enhances sexual energy.

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  • Mint – just the way it smells could be reason enough to put this at the top. Mint has a cool, refreshing taste making it popular in teas, which are stimulants and also aid in digestion & reducing flatulence. Mints have antiseptic, antiviral and sweat-inducing properties. Drink a cup of mint tea before and after difficult meals or if you have been experiencing digestive issues. I make a ginger-mint tonic for my family members at Thanksgiving, when we all need it most! It is an easy plant to grow (but don’t love it too much, moderate water and sunshine) and will continue to sprout and spread as far as you will let it. I have it planted under my front porch steps, where it gets afternoon light, and it is slowly spreading under my stilted house. Used for prosperity, success and money magick, this herb amplifies spells used for business and finance.

Mint

 

  • Rosemary – the smell of this plant is just unbeatable. It’s got me huffing all my little plants. I wonder what my neighbors must think?! Not only does it SMELL good, but when burned, this baby is an actual air cleaner. Around cold and flu season, I am known to place it in little jars of water all over the house, then running through with some dried, bundled, burning rosemary. I swear it eliminates a couple occasions a year of sickness for us (3 kids in and you realize they are practically petri dishes for germs). For cooking, try with almost any veggie, fish and poultry. It’s magickal properties include purification, love, protection and intellectual matters. Rosemary is an excellent aid for memory; keep a small sachet on your person when needed. Rosemary tea before a test or exam will awaken the mind into it’s best functionality.

Rosemary

 

  • Lavender – this one is a gem. Lavender treats colds, flu, staph, strep, skin infections, nail infections, indigestion & IBS, muscle spasms, depression, insomnia, yeast infections, wounds.. just to list a small portion of uses. Practically non-toxic, this is an herb safe to use in cleaners, to burn.. the essential oil is safe to put directly on the skin to heal wounds, cuts, scrapes and bruises. Via aromatherapy, lavender has a powerful calming effect and works wonders against depression (do not use to replace therapy or medication!! Use to aid and enhance current treatments ONLY). Based on folklore, it is said carrying this herb will allow you to see ghosts. Apart from that, use magickally for love, protection and purification. Lavender is a good herb to attract an affair, so be sure you state your intention and know what you want before you start “attracting all the strays” as it were.

Lavender

 

Some notes on the subject of using herbs to turn the mundane to magick:

  • Intentions are everything. I focus on my intentions when I add herbs to food, asking the Lord and Lady to bring the benefits of the selected herb to all who consume the food.
  • Stir clockwise to invoke magickal properties (focus on intention!!)
  • Some herbs, such as sage, rosemary, mugwort, lavender and rose can be burned for magickal effects and cleansing.
  • Growing herbs in containers is totally viable if you have no space. I have been there, and even still, many of my plants are in pots close to my kitchen door.

 

Suggested Reading Material:

Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham

Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine published by Fall River Press

WitchyWomen Wednesdays

Welcome to WitchyWomen Wednesdays! A modern grimoire/ sacred space for writers of Witchcraft to share spells and information!
Our first WitchyWoman is Dani Black! Come make magick with us, and comment your thoughts on the process!

 

Dani Black is an Intuitive Awakening Guide, Psychic Medium, Wild Woman Witch, and Truth Teller & Seeker.
She wishes to bring inspiration and empowerment to the magical community by sharing her deeply rich experience & gifts through beautiful incantations, and the ways in which she embodies her craft.
Find her on Instagram @daniblackoracle and check out her potion below!!

 
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As we pour the elixir of our hearts into these carefully crafted jars, with our carefully crafted intentions, let as pray to the spirits of the earth to give thanks for their elated co creation.

 

Oh Divine Mother of Earth, and all of her children, may we blissfully dance upon your sacred ground as we cultivate our magically crafted movements through this realm, and the ethereal. Giving deep thanks to all that you offer us, in love and unconditional support. As your blood flows through our veins, gifting us the keepers of divine wisdom, magic, and creation. Let us thank you for blessing us with this life of abundance, deep connectedness to all things. Of beauty,  and magic! 

 

We now offer our lovingly crafted potion in honor of all of our blessings, and our duty as Witches to healing the bridge between this world, and the ethereal. May we honor you by digging deep to embody our Divinity. We are the keepers, guardians, and healers of this sacred ground, and the eternal abyss. As above, so below. As within, So without. And so it is! Blessed Be!
 

Potions are used for many reasons, healing, expanding your consciousness, lucid dreaming, glamor etc.
 

Using plants as medicine and magical tools has been used in many cultures for centuries. It is one of my favorite tools, and I love to get really creative with it. As an Aries/ Taurus cusp/ Capricorn moon, I thoroughly enjoy incorporating glamor and sensual magic into my craft. I desire very much to embody my Divinity as much as one possibly can. Today, I’m going to share with you an oil that I created as a body fragrance, and enchanted it myself with the intention to enhance my expression, or as I like to call it, the aesthetic of my Higher Self. Utilizing the senses to fully embody my Soul’s expression.  To be more attractive to all that serves my highest good. So that being said, we all have our own unique expression. What smells good on me, may not smell good on you because of pheromones, lifestyle etc. I prefer warm, rich, musky smells. To create a sacred space of home on my body. So think of what makes you feel at home, comfortable, say, yet attractive and empowered. Utilizing the sense of smell to evoke these emotions to embody your magic in your daily life.
 
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So in the nature of embodying my practice, I like to make a ritual out of it so that I may fully tap into what Spirit is trying to express through me.
 
To start you will need incense & candles:
  • Sandalwood
  • Frankincense and Myrrh
  • Dragon’s Blood
    • I always use Nature Nature Pure Resin Incense religiously. It is great quality and burns slowly.
  • 3 white candles & 2 black
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Next I use my favorite crystals that I always work with. I use them to evoke the Goddess as my higher self. Of course you can ask whatever Spirits, Angels, Guides, Deities you work with. Whomever you feel comfortable with. I assume that we all have specific stones we work with, and guides etc.

 

Crystals:
  • Garnet
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Black Obsidian
  • Quarts
  • Amethyst pendulum
I gather all of these around me, with the incense and candles to cast a circle.
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Now you will need these essential oils to create my
*Sacred Feminine Potion*
 
  • A pretty bottle of your choice
    • I use a blue glass bottle, you can buy a set of them on Amazon for $13
  • Sandalwood
  • Jasmine
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Vetiver
  • Frankincense & Myrrh
  • Dragon’s Blood 
  • Jojoba Oil (as filler)
Now spin the pendulum over it clockwise projecting my consciousness and intention into the bottle. To generate an enchantment over the potion. I tell my pendulum to keep spinning until the potion is fully charged.

 

Once the pendulum stops, pause and sit in gratitude.

 

For more spells & fun Witchy tips see me at @daniblackoracle on Instagram ( *)