The evidence is staggering. It’s not a claim, it’s actual proven facts. Animal products are not good for you. Watch this video. According to the CDC, cancer and heart disease are the leading causes of death in the U.S. and in 2010 over 1.1 million people died of either of the two. People do not get cancer and heart disease from eating too many vegetables, it is directly related to the consumption of animal products. Info on vegan diets from the American Heart Association. We are not biologically designed to eat meat. Even vegetarians are at lower risk for disease than non-vegetarians. Dairy increases rates of osteoporosis. Meat linked to heart disease and cancer death. Interesting video about egg marketing.
Seriously, watch the video in the first link. All the information is out there. Eating flesh, interspecies breastmilk and chicken ovulation does nothing good for our health. There are plant-based sources of every single nutrient required by the human body.
4 cups catnip
2 cups peppermint
1 cup alfalfa
1/2 cup ginger root
Mix the herbs in a large bowl, then label and store in a cool dark place.
Steep 1 tsp of mix in 1 pint of hot water for 5 minutes then sweeten.
— Doreen Shababay
Cleansing yourself (or other people or your home) is the spiritual equivalent of “did you try turning it off?” (Meditation, of course, being the equivalent of “is it plugged in?”)
Even though it is such a common remedy for so many things, it is often one of the things people just don’t know how to do or only know one method of. This intent of this particular post is to list and describe a few…
This article is not on kitchen or green ‘Wicca’, but instead focuses on how these paths fit into traditional witchcraft and stand on their own. These two paths are personalized and should not be forced to meet anyone’s requirements or outlines of how one thinks others should practice them. There are no set beliefs, structure, or ritual guidelines. How kitchen and green witchery are practiced differs for each witch. They are generally solitary paths or are part of a practitioner’s path who may also be a member of a more structured magical system such as Wicca or Druidry. However, this is not always the case and many practitioners create their own structure and system of working magic solely based on kitchen witchery, green witchery, or both.
Kitchen Witchery is essentially the practice of witchcraft or folk-magic based in the kitchen or hearth of the home. The new rash of books on Kitchen Witchery may lead many to believe that it is a new practice, but magic in the kitchen and hearth goes back thousands of years and is practiced across cultures. Fire and stone ovens were thought to be magical with their transformative powers. In later centuries the large iron cauldron over the fire was the centre of the hearth – where dinners were cooked, water boiled, and medicines made.
In peasant mythology the oven had a magic dimension, and ritual propitiators presided over the rising and baking of bread. Even the curdling of milk and the fermentation of wine were mediated through ‘spirits’ or elves in certain area where the Celtic substratum had left indelible traces. The oven was where food passed from the raw to the cooked state, and like all transitional places (chimneys, doors and so on) it held a powerful magic: the rising of dough was associated with the rise and ‘growth’ of the solar orb in the sky.” (Camporesi, The Magic Harvest, p.4)
The easiest way to see how important the processes of food making and agriculture were important to our ancestors is to look at their deities. There are numerous domestic and hearth deities across cultures (too many to list here), some of the more well-known ones being Brighid, Frigga, and Hestia. The Chinese have various deities whose specific role it is to watch over the stove or hearth such as Zao-Jun and Sui-Ren. There was even a specific Roman goddess Fornax whose role was to watch over bread baking and ovens. The list of agricultural deities is even longer.
Kitchen witchery is the continuing practice of domestic magic where for the practitioner, the mundane is magical. The stove, spoons, knives, pots, and ingredients are the magical tools. The rituals of the everyday are this witch’s magic. From our ancestors’ domestic rituals of baking bread, churning butter, brewing, and preserving to today’s rituals of preparing the daily meal, brewing a cup of tea, or making medicines – the role of the domestic witch hasn’t changed much over the centuries. A kitchen witch is obsessed with food and has a gift for cooking. They might have a large store of knowledge about the folklore and properties of different foods as well any rituals or superstitions surrounding them. They may be well-versed in rituals involving feasts and eating, which also go back thousands of years for various cultures and are part of many of our traditions today at celebrations. If witchcraft is practiced by a kitchen witch, then it is most likely to be done in the kitchen or through the medium of food. The pot boiling on the stove isn’t always edible; salves, decoctions, tinctures, and even candles are all made in the kitchen.
For those who are interested in learning more, resources are provided below.
- A Taste of History: 10,000 Years of Food in Britain
- Childhood Memories by Cora Anderson
- Folklore and Odysseys of Food and Medicinal Plants
- Food and Rites of Passage
- Food and Vegetation Magic
- Food in the Ancient World
- Magic Harvest: Food Folklore and Society
- Mead Hall: The Feasting Tradition in Anglo-Saxon England
- Origins of Festivals and Feasts
- Sacred Food: Cooking for Spiritual Nourishment
- Celtic Folklore Cooking
- A Finnish Christmas Cookbook: Recipes and Traditions from the Old Country
- The Scots Kitchen: Its Traditions and Lore (by the author of the Silver Bough – folklore on Scotland)
- Rue’s Kitchen (Kitchen Witch and Stregoneria practitioner)
- Acanthus Books (historical cookbooks and reference books)
A green witch is someone who works closely with nature and her gifts. This witch is usually a wildcrafter, a herbalist, or an amazing gardner. The folklore on the spiritual and medicinal uses of plants is incredibly extensive and global, and it is this along with personal experience from which the green witch draws their knowledge and practices from. If the kitchen witch’s focus is the hearth, then the green witch’s focus is the woods and/or agriculture.
Our ancestors’ agricultural traditions and practices are steeped with folk-magic and pagan belief. Everything from planting seed, to the harvesting of crops in the fall is governed by rituals. Some farmers today still plant and reap by the phases of the moon. At various festivals the fields are sained with fire for protection, or given libations of alcoholic beverages to ensure fertility and a bountiful harvest. To our pagan ancestors, some crops were not just food but gods and were treated with reverence. In Northern Europe at the end of a harvest the last sheaf of wheat or other grain was kept and either named ‘Maiden’ or ‘Old Woman’, after Brighid or the Cailleach, and was placed in a spot of reverence, to observe the festivities after the harvest was complete. In animistic cultures each plant and tree was thought to be alive and have a spirit, and there were specific chants and songs that were sung when taking from the plants – asking their permission and giving thanks. Trees were once worshipped and if certain species were cut down without permission it was considered a crime — the penalty being death. Each tree even had its own specific deity.
Today a green witch may use some of the beliefs of our ancestors in their practices. Perhaps in methods of plant or herb collection, saining (blessing), prayers & chants, as well as the way they celebrate festivals. Most of the magic practiced by a green witch will involve herbs and plants in some way. They may also work with nature itself instead of just parts taken from it. Some green witches become guardians of a piece of land – protecting it, cleaning litter, healing wounds of the past, and working with the spirits and creatures that live on it. This is more likely the practice of a wildcrafter than a gardener. A wildcrafter harvests foods, herbs, and medicines from the wild, while also taking into account ecological ethics and responsibility. A green witch with a focus on herbalism will learn the spiritual, magical, and medicinal uses of various herbs and plants and incorporate them into their magical and healing practices. It is recommended to take a legitimate herbalist’s course if this is your desire – without the correct knowledge about preparation and dosage, one can do more harm than good with herbal medicines.
This form of green witchcraft is not to be confused with Ann Moura’s books on Green Witchcraft, which are better classified as ‘Green Wicca’.
Believe it or not, books useful to the green witch can be found at your local public library. Instead of looking for occult or witchcraft books, search for books on the botany of your local area: wildcrafting, edible plants, native ethnobotany, herbalism, trees, gardening…
- Compendium of Herbal Magic by Paul V. Beyerl
- Compendium of Symbolic and Ritual Plants in Europe
- Earth Wisdomby Glennie Kindred
- Farmer’s Almanac
- Folk-lore of Plants by T.F. Thiselton Dyer
- Green Mantle: An Investigation into Our Lost Knowledge of Plants by Michael Jordon
- Green Witch Herbal: Restoring Nature’s Magic in Home, Health, and Beauty Care by Barbara Griggs
- Hedgerow Cookbook by Glennie Kindred
- Herbal Healers by Glennie Kindred
- Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual by James Green
- Master Book of Herbalism
- Mastering Herbalism by Paul Huson
- Tree Medicine, Tree Magic by Glennie Kindred
- Tree Wisdom by Jacqueline Memory Paterson
- “Age-Old Moon Gardening Growing in Popularity” -National Geographic
- “Wildcrafting Medicinal Plants” by Ryan Drum
- “Wildcrafting: A ‘simple’ life fraught with a host of complex ethical and practical considerations” by Bruce Buren
Source: Sarah Anne Lawless
ive been having terrible insomnia lately so a few nights a ago i threw this blend together with what i had on hand, so far it tastes great and has been knocking me out. great for helping get into a relaxing mode for sleeping
Materials needed, Mix equal parts of
- Lemon balm
- Cat mint
- Raspberry leaf
Boil then steep for 10 minutes, drink before bed
Most plants used for cooking can be harvested at any time of day but if a herb is being harvested for medicinal use there are certain times of the day and certain weather conditions that are best for capturing the strength of the most active ingredients. Also if herbs are being used for magikal works there are times that the plants energy is at its optimum and therefore aids the work being undertaken. The perfect conditions for gathering leaves flowers and fruit for drying and storing is a very dry day probably around mid to late morning as any moisture on the surface from rain, mist or dew can cause the plant material to degrade quickly and can induce fungal and bacterial growth. Harvesting should also be avoided when the sun is high and hot as the essential elements of the active ingredients can be evaporated or lose strength.
Having said all this there are times that you may stumble on a particular plant that has been eluding you and you are totally unprepared for collecting it in the perfect weather conditions, moon phases or with the correct tools and in these situations it comes down to the two choices
- come back when the conditions are right which I have done and then been unable to find the plant again
- pick it anyway and hope that the active ingredients are not too diminished (I have been in this situation and have had good results anyway)
It is best not to harvest any herbs that have been growing close to the road as the leaves take in the carbon monoxide and poisonous fumes given out by the traffic and take it down into the plant to the root where it becomes stored. Do not pick wild herbs and plants from verges or throughfares as this contravenes several laws and also the fact that most areas like these are open to our friendly dog and cat population.
If harvesting wild plants leave a large amount of flowers, seed and root as the plant population of that area will very quickly die out if you go in mob-handed and wrench up the only two plants for miles around. Make sure you know what you’re picking this is very important when harvesting in the wild there are many pocket spotter books available that are invaluable when identifying plants, I try to carry one with photographs rather than drawings as sometimes they can be a little misleading.
When to harvest
Most herbs are harvested in the summer either before or during flowering. Seeds and most types of bark are collected in early autumn and roots in early autumn and spring. The leaves of evergreens are collected throughout the year but don’t collect large amounts before or during a heavy front as this will leave the plant vulnerable.
Early Spring: Collect Dandelion roots
Late Spring: Arial parts during flowering; Lungwort, Sweet Violet, Flowers: coltsfoot, cowslip, elder
Early to Mid-Summer: Arial parts/leaves before flowering; Agrimony, Angellica, Catmint, Cleavers, Dandelion, Dill, Fennel, Feverfew, Garlic, Hysop, Ladys Mantle, Lemonbalm, Motherwort, Parsley, Peppermint, Plantain, Sage, Stinging Nettles, White horehound, Yellow Dock. Bark while flowering: Rose. Flowers; Borage, Camomile, Honeeysuckle, Linden, Pot Marigold, St Johns Wort
Mid to Late Summer: Arial parts whilst flowering; Californian Poppy, Heartsease, Marjoram, Marshmallow, Meadowsweet, Mugwort, Shepherds Purse, Skullcap Thyme, Vervain, Wild Lettuce, Wood Bettony, Wormwood, Yarrow. Flowers: Hops, Lavender, Mullain. Leaves After Flowering: Borage, Colsfoot, Cowslip, Fenugreek, Lungwort, Sweet Violet.
Autumn: Roots/ bulbs when leaves have wilted: Angellica, Black Cohosh, Burdock, Comfrey, Cowslip, Elecanpane, Garlic, Goldenseal, Lovage, marshmallow, Soapwort, Valerian. Seeds/ fruit: Celery, Elder, Howthrorn, Dill, Fennel, Lovage
N.B. When getting plants from the wild, respect the area and plant you are harvesting, never strip a plant bare, never pull it out by the roots to get a few leaves and always check if there are other plants of the same species around. Also be very sure that the plant you are about to pick is what you think it is, Mother Nature can be very tricky sometimes, and 2 seemingly identical plants can have very different effects when ingested.
It is best to ask permission of the plant before taking it’s bounty, and remember, respect, respect, respect !
Transporting your herbs must be done carefully to retain their valuable powers. It’s best to take an open-topped basket or cotton bag with you and some layers of tissue so that herbs can be transported dry and safe back to home, it is pointless seeking out a special plant, than sticking it into a carrier bag in your pocket so it sweats, bruises and it unidentifiable mush by the time you get home.
While many witches and other magic-users enjoy wild crafting for the ingredients for their rootwork, elixirs, spells and healing preparations, some herbs are threatened by over collection or loss of habitat and should never be collected in the wild. Some are threatened only in certain places and grow in abundance elsewhere. Always check your local DNR’s website to see what herbs are protected in your area and, of course, always get permission before collecting.
If an herb is protected, consider using an alternative. There is often another herb you can use in its place with good results. If you really want to use a threatened herb, consider growing it in your yard. Many wild plants will do well if you take the care to recreate their natural habitat.
Some localities have native plant societies that conduct plant rescues, retrieving threatened native plants from land slated for development. These may be offered for sale to the public for planting in gardens. Many threatened species are slow growers and take a long time to multiply, but the time and effort you put into it will be reflected in your magic, even if it’s many years later.
Note that this list may not be comprehensive and may not reflect the situation in your area. Check with your state’s Department of Natural Resources for the information most pertinent to your locality.
Arnica - Arnica spp.
Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa
Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
Blue Cohosh - Caulophyllum thalictroides
Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
Cascara Sagrada - Frangula purshiana
Gentian - Gentiana spp.
Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius
Echinacea - Echinacea spp.
Eyebright - Euphrasia spp.
False Unicorn Root - Chamaelirium luteum
Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis
Kava Kava - Piper methysticum
Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum pendatum
Mayapple - Podophyllum peltatum
Lady’s Slipper - Cypripedium spp.
Lobelia - Lobelia spp.
Peyote - Lophophora williamsii
Sandalwood - Santalum spp.
Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra
Trillium, Beth Root -Trillium spp.
Unicorn Root- Aletris farinosa
Virginia Snakeroot - Aristolochia serpentaria
White Sage - Salvia apiana
Wild Yam - Dioscorea villosa, D. spp.
Source: The United PlantSavers Website. Please visit http://www.unitedplantsavers.org/ to find out how you can help them save these natural treasures.
I got asked recently where I get my information for my green witchcraft posts on specific plants and herbs. A fair amount of it is personal experience, but I’m going to share my common go to things as well, so anyone who wants to do their own research has an idea where they can get started.
For Growing Tips:
For Magical Uses:
Scott Cunnigham’s “Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs”
For Medicinal Uses:
WebMD for quick cross reference of interactions with meds and pre-existing conditions
Joe Graedon & Teresa Graedon, PH.D.’s “The People’s Pharmacy Guide to Home and Herbal Remedies”