Thursday, 6 January 2011

Cooking up some magick

Herbs have magickal properties and we use them in spells, lotions and potions – but what about cooking some magick into your meals?

I do like to cook with the seasons, trying to use vegetables and fruits that are in season, and wherever possible sourced locally.

Apart from the obvious benefits of using in season and local produce – in that it is fresher and tastier, it also connects me with the seasons of mother earth and her changes. In this way it helps me to be aware of the seasons and to celebrate and honour mother earth.

I grow a lot of my own herbs, I only have a small garden so I grow most of the herbs in pots. During the growing season I constantly harvest the herbs to use and the excess I dry to use in the winter months.

I also love to cook and use herbs a lot in my recipes. To empower your cooking with the energy of herbs follow these steps:

Charge the herb before you add it to the pot with your intent.
As you stir, knead or baste the food visualise your intent.
And cook with love and passion!

Some everyday herbs and spices and their magickal correspondences:

Allspice – money, luck, healing
Almonds – money, prosperity, wisdom
Anise – protection, purification, youth
Apple – love, healing, immortality
Apricot – love
Avocado – love, lust, beauty
Balm, lemon – love, success, healing
Banana – fertility, potency, prosperity
Barley – love, healing, protection
Basil – love, wealth, protection
Bay - protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength
Beet – love
Blackberry – healing, money, protection
Blueberry – protection
Borage – courage, psychic powers
Brazil nut – love
Buckwheat – money, protection
Cabbage – luck
Capers – lust, love
Caraway – protection, lust, health, mental powers
Cardamon – lust, love
Carob – protection, health
Carrot – fertility, lust
Cashew – money
Celery – mental powers, lust, psychic powers
Chamomile – money, sleep, love, protection, calming, sleep
Cherry – love
Chestnut – love
Chicory – removing obstacles, invisibility
Chilli pepper – fidelity, hex breaking, love
Cinnamon – spirituality, success, healing, power, psychic powers, lust, protection, love
Clove – protection, love, money
Coconut – purification, protection, chastity
Coriander – love, health, healing
Corn/maize – protection, luck
Cucumber – chastity, healing, fertility
Dill – protection, money, lust, love
Endive – lust, love
Fennel – protection, healing, purification
Fenugreek – money
Fig – fertility, love
Galangal – protection, lust, health, money, psychic powers, hex breaking
Garlic – protection, healing, lust
Ginger – love, money, success, power
Grape – fertility, mental powers, money
Horseradish – purification, exorcism
Juniper – protection, love, exorcism, health
Lavender – love, protection, sleep, chastity, purification, happiness, peace
Leek – love, protection, exorcism
Lemon – longevity, purification, love, friendship
Lemongrass – lust, psychic powers
Lemon Verbena – purification, love
Lettuce – chastity, protection, love, sleep
Licorice – lust, love, fidelity
Lime – healing, love, protection
Mace – psychic powers, mental powers
Marjoram – protection, love, happiness, health, money
Mint – money, lust, healing, exorcism, protection
Mustard – fertility, protection, mental powers
Nettle – exorcism, protection, healing, lust
Nutmeg – luck, money, health, fidelity
Nuts – fertility, prosperity
Oats – money
Olive – healing, peace, fertility, protection, lust
Onions – protection, exorcism, healing, money, prophetic dreams, lust
Orange – love, luck, money
Palm dates – fertility
Papaya – love, protection
Parsley – lust, protection, purification
Pea – money, love
Peach- love, exorcism, longevity, fertility, wishes
Pear – lust, love
Pecan – money, employment
Pepper, black – protection, exorcism
Pineapple – luck, money, chastity
Pistachio – breaking love spells
Plantain – healing, strength, protection
Plum – love, protection
Pomegranate – luck, wishes, wealth, fertility
Potato – healing
Quince – protection, love, happiness
Radish – protection, lust
Raspberry – protection, love
Rhubarb – protection, fidelity
Rice – protection, rain, money, fertility
Rosemary – protection, love, lust, mental powers, exorcism, purification, healing, sleep, youth
Rye – love, fidelity
Saffron – love, healing, happiness, lust, strength, psychic powers
Sage – immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection, wishes
Sesame – money, lust
Shallot – purification
Strawberry – love, luck
Sugar – love, lust
Tea (black) – riches, courage, strength
Thyme – Health, healing, sleep, psychic powers, love, purification, courage
Tomato – prosperity, protection, love
Turmeric – purification
Turnip – protection, ending relationships
Vanilla – love, lust, mental powers
Walnut – health, mental powers, infertility, wishes
Wheat – fertility, money

I can recommend the following books for some witchy cooking:
Witch in the Kitchen by Cait Johnson
The Real Witches Kitchen by Kate West
Vegetarian Goddess by Karri Allrich

Have fun with your cooking!

Cunninghams Magical Herbs

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