Kitchen Witchery: Common Spices and Their Magical Properties
The Magick in Your Kitchen Cabinets
Most people never realize just how much magick can be found within their home, particularly right in their kitchen cabinets. We often go out and buy certain herbs for certain magickal goals or spells, never thinking we might already have the necessary ingredients right in our pantries! So instead of spending money on fancy herbs and having to go to a store or wait for an internet shipment, why not look at what you already own?
The witches and wise people of the past didn't have the ability to order herbs online. Most of the time they didn't even have the ability to go to a store and find a rare, exotic herb for their magical needs. They had to make do with what they had on hand or in their garden. And sometimes they would go to the forest or fields to find a certain plant or herb for their needs. You can do the same. It's time to look in your kitchen cabinet to see what magic awaits for you there!
Magical Properties of Common Spices
Allspice - used by Mayans and other indigenous South American tribes for various purposes. Associated with male virility, fertility, and power. Also powerful in healing.
Basil - a Mediterranean herb that can be added to stews, sauces, salads, and more. Carry dried leaves in your purse to draw in money. Can also be used to promote love between two partners.
Bay Leaves - Bay leaves have long been used by Mediterranean priests and priestesses for visions and ritual. When rubbed against one's forehead (third eye), will produce psychic visions and increase intuition. Also used in protection magick and to grant wishes.
Chili Powder - this hot spice is made from dried chilis (hence it's name). It can be used to give spells a little kick (boost the power of a spell). In hoodoo it's used in Hot Foot Powder to send someone far away.
Chive - an herb that can be used in healing spells and to rid one's home and environment of negative spirits.
Cilantro/Coriander - a protective herb if grown in the garden. Used in handfasting rituals and to promote love.
Cinnamon - another great all-purpose spice used in luck, money, protection, and love magick. Sweet in small quantities but quickly overpowering if you use too much.
Clove - a powerful spice that can be used to draw in money and prosperity.
Cumin - a spice that's long been used in the Mediterranean and Middle East to flavor stews and meat dishes. You can use it in your dishes to invoke love and lust, as well as fidelity. It's also used for exorcisms and purification.
Dill - an herb used in pickling cucumbers. Also added to Mediterranean dishes and sauces. Can be used magickally to draw in money and luck. Also a protective herb.
Fennel - has a long history dating back thousands of years used in healing. Can be made into eye washes and to aid the stomach. Has protective and healing properties. Associated with Midsummer sabbat.
Garlic - Garlic is protective and wards off disease and evil. There's a reason it's thought to keep vampires at bay. Hang dried garlic from your ceiling. Cook with garlic to give your dishes a protective and healthy boost.
Ginger - a root used in Asian dishes and to cleanse the palate. Boosts any type of magick but particularly love magick. Used as an aphrodisiac, too. Can be planted in one's yard to draw in money and good luck.
Oregano - used in many Italian dishes. When grown in the garden and harvested is quite powerful (be careful it will take over your garden!) Used in love spells to strengthen a bond, worn as wreaths in handfasting rituals, used to bring happiness, and good luck.
Parsley - when eaten promotes lust.
Rosemary - is an all-purpose herb (in my humble opinion). It was traditionally used for purification/cleansing rituals and to help improve one's memory. It can also be used for love and success.
Thyme - is an herb known to attract the fay. It's also used in healing and love magick.
Sage - whether using common sage or white sage, they both have purification properties. They are used in smudging ceremonies, as well as in protection magick. You can use sage in your cooking, spell bottles, burn it as incense, and more. It will drive away negativity and bring in wisdom and peace.
Salt - While not an herb or spice per se, salt is used to season all sorts of dishes from the savory to the baked goods. It's been used for centuries all over the world. Use it to purify and dispel negativity. Throw it over your left shoulder if you accidentally spill the salt for good luck! Use it in circle casting and in purification rituals.
Sugar - Also not an herb per se, but has been used for centuries to sweeten dishes. Originally comes from the Caribbean and used in hoodoo magick to sweeten one's disposition. Use it in love spells to sweeten a person's heart.
How to Use Magical Spices
Herbs and spices are versatile in the kitchen, not just for cooking but also for casting! You can use them in various ways. Their uses are utterly limitless!
When you're adding these seasonings to your meals, think of your intention while using them. Are you adding rosemary to a chicken to help improve communication in your household? Can you add thyme to a seafood dish to increase success? Don't be confined to using spices and herbs only in your meals, but think of other uses they have. Here are some ideas:
- Add magical spices to your meals every day!
- Make a magical hot tea out of your spices/herbs (be sure to put in a bag or strainer of some kind).
- Make an herbal bath soak (add your favorite herbs to a cup of Epsom salts—make sure to research if the herb/spice is okay to apply to skin/mucus membranes!).
- Put them in a spell bag or bottle for protection, success, prosperity, friendship, love, purification, etc.
- Add the right herbs/spices to a dream pillow or dream sachet.
- Use these herbs/spices as offerings to your ancestors or gods.
- Make an incense powder.
- Infuse butter, sugar, vinegar, or oils with these magical herbs/spices.
No matter what kind of magick you're casting, there's no doubt by just using a pinch of this or that spice from right in your own kitchen you will add a bit of power to your intentions. Look up every herb and spice before using it for your magick and of course look up every herb before using it on your skin, mucus membranes, or before consuming large quantities. Magick isn't effective if you're not safe!
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© 2017 Nicole Canfield