Witchcraft in the Kitchen, traditional witchcraft
If you are not a saged witch( sorry about the pun), then you will already understand that not all Witchcraft is Wicca, and that it was deemed so for the same reason as other products are labeled differently, to make them sell better. People like Raven Silverwolf deemed witchcraft as Wicca because it helped teenagers who may read her fluff and also let their parents purchase her fluff, as it isn't as badly cast as Witchcraft. You can call a squirrel a hedgehog if you like but it is still a squirrel. This is what has happened to Witchcraft, Wicca and all in between.
There was before the all consuming label of Wicca, a well known fact that not all witches were or are the same. So before we delve in to the Kitchen or Garden, here are some of the different kinds of witches you may be lucky enough to meet, or indeed have met. We are an elusive bunch but considering the social habit of burning, murdering or just shunning witches from society, who can blame us?
Witches are many and varied. What you need to know is that Witchcraft and Religion or faith are separate. Because a Witch is a Witch, does not mean she prays or asks any Goddess for power. Neither does it mean he or she has no Religion or faith.
There are witches who use Ceremonial magic, these witches perform rituals to gain their magic. There are also witches that follow Hereditary witchcraft, Gardenarian witchcraft and many many more. For this article I am going to use Hearth Witchcraft, also known as Kitchen witchery. A form of healing and understanding of what plants and growing your own plants and herbs can give to you. Although many other witchcraft types use the knowledge and study of herbs and plants also.
What herbs you need to grow for Witchcraft
For someone only just learning their craft, kitchen witchery is a fabulous place to start. There are so many plants and herbs that you can choose from it is best to grow the ones that you will use most of all.
Sage is a herbal plant that is used in smudging. Smudging is done by binding a bundle of dried sage together and then smoking the end by setting it alight and blowing the flames out, so the sage smokes. This can then be used to get rid of negativity or residual energies that are unwanted in your home or any area you wish to cleanse. Plant sage to the entrances of your home and it will ward away negative spirits and bad energies.
Sage for medicine and cooking
For consuming and using as medicine, Sage aides in reducing the absorption of fat in foods. Also adds flavour to bland tasting vegetable dishes. It is purposed to eradicate intestinal worms because it is bitter, and also any erm, urges one may have in excess towards others. No wonder monks grew veg and herbs.
How to grow Sage
Growing Sage can be a slow business, so you should start it off from a small plant bought at a garden centre or from a gifted plant. If you do this you can plant Sage any time after the chance of frost has been removed. Sage likes to have full sun position in the garden and a good dose of Bone meal fertilizer will help also.
If you wish to grow from seed then you need to start sowing indoors from March.
Basil is known as a great accompaniment to tomatoes in cooking. Less known are it's witchcraft properties. Basil can be used in exorcism, but I warn you not to even try an exorcism as a beginner witch, you would be asking for trouble. There are gentler uses for this peppery and helpful herb.
Basil in medicine and cooking
You can use an infusion of Basil as a tea that needs to be drank every 3 hours until you notice improvement. The infusion is great for colds and flu,constipation and nerves, as well as headaches and bad nerves. Crush a handful of Basil leaves and steep with hot water for a few minutes and drink.
How to grow Basil
Basil likes a lot of sun, so the kitchen window is an ideal place to start Basil off. Take a small plant pot and make sure there are holes in the bottom. Add a small amount of gravel in the bottom of the pot for drainage, as Basil does like plenty of water, but also drainage, as it hates water logged soil. Next, fill the pot with compost up to the last inch. Get your Basil seeds and sprinkle a few around, then cover with compost. Once grown and the last frost has dispersed, the Basil will be fine transplanted to a larger out door pot.
Rosemary in witchcraft has similar properties to Sage, it is also used for purification of energies. This is done either by burning the Rosemary or using sprigs of Rosemary to sprinkle salt water around. Rosemary is special because it is the flower of Mount Olympus, the home of the Greek Gods.
Rosemary in cooking and medicine
Rosemary is very commonly grown in the UK and I have included most of these herbs for their ease of procurement and of commonness as to find help in growing them if you need to.
Rosemary is a common companion of a roasting Lamb, but it can however be added to marinades, soups and vegetables for flavour also.
Another use for Rosemary is that is can be made in to a tea, as Rosemary is the herb of remembrance, to drink it will enhance your concentration.
How to grow Rosemary
Most herbs prefer a sandy soil as it does not like to be over fertilized. To over fertilize herbs increases their growth, whilst at the same time reducing their flavour. Seeing as a herb garden is grown together, a herb planter or square meter raised bed would be great to treat the compost with a small bag of sand to make the soil light would be good.
Get a small Rosemary plant from a garden centre and prepare a hole in your herb garden, just slightly larger than the plant pot. Tap the plant out carefully and place in the hole. Do not disturb the root ball, Rosemary prefers to be left alone with its root system. Just tap in with compost and a light watering. Place in full sun. Rosemary can be grown from seed but if you are not a well seasoned gardener you may be frustrated with the success rates.
Lastly but by far least, as I am only trying to get you started with this Kitchen witchery, to show you how easy and helpful herbs and plants can be, here is Coriander, better known I have been told as Cilantro in some parts of the US.
Coriander is great for lust potions and apparently love potions. Although I do not fall for the love potions, as something of the other person's will can not be used upon with magic, or at very least should not be used.
Coriander in cooking and medicine
Whilst the coriander seed can be ground and used as a mild sedative, it can also be used to reduce flatulence and aid the relief of migraines. Coriander also has insulin like properties and is good for diabetics. Coriander also helps to break down the cholesterol, so it has very good digestion properties.
Both leaves and seeds of the coriander are used in Indian Cuisine and it is an ingredient of Garam masala. The leaves are much more citrus like than the seeds, both are commonly known to hold two different flavours.
Coriander is quite sensitive to change, so to grow you would be best planting the Coriander seed straight in to the herb garden. do not let this plant "bolt" unless you want seeds. If you just want the leaves, you must keep trimming the tops of the sprigs and not let them grow any taller than 10 cms tall.
Whilst there are many more herbs you can grow as part of your kitchen garden for your cookery or your witchcraft, these above will help start you off, at least if you are unsure of your witchcraft, you can add them to your cooking.
I hope to bring you the uses of more witch friendy plants soon.