HearthBeats: Recipes from a Kitchen Witch

Basic herbs

We all need to have some basic herbs in our pantries. Not for magickal uses only. But for flavoring our foods as well… I have chosen the following herbs that I feel are Basics that I MUST have in my kitchen, and I will give the food and the magickal info on them, as I know it and can research it. This may be incomplete as some do not have traditional correspondences. You will also remember that you will use this as YOU see fit.. not as I do or someone else does. If what I have written here does not suit you, feel right, or sounds crazy. Disregard it and research for yourself to get what does feel right.

BasilYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) The strong, clove like flavor is essential to many Italian recipes and is most often paired with tomatoes. Basil is primarily used in sauces, pizzas, salads and pasta dishes. It is also the main ingredient used in pesto.

(magickal) it’s element is fire, use for clairvoyance, commanding, divination, harmony, honesty, love, protection, psychic development, purification, wealth. Use in love and prosperity spells. Carry to attract wealth. Sprinkle basil over your sleeping lover to assure fidelity. Use it in a ritual bath to bring new love in, or to free yourself of an old love. Also used for purification baths. Sprinkle on the floor for protection, and burn as an exorcism incense.

DillYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) a totally unique spicy green taste. Add whole seeds to potato salad, pickles, bean soups and salmon dishes. Ground seed can flavor herb butter, mayonnaise and mustard. The leaves go well with fish, cream cheese and cucumber.

(magickal) it’s element is fire use for Love, lust, money, protects children. Hang in the doorway to protect your home, or carry to protect your person. Can be used in money spells. Add to a ritual bath to become irresistible to the one you desire. Use in love and lust spells.

LavenderYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) Flowers and leaves can be used fresh, and both buds and stems can be used dried. Lavender is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage, and thyme. It is best used with fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, and savory. To use in cooking, use 1/3 the quantity of dried flowers to fresh. Because of the strong flavor of lavender, a little goes a long way. Wonderful in cookies.

(magickal)it’s element is air, use for chastity, love, peace, happiness, clairvoyance, longevity, sleep, protection

MarjoramYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) While fresh marjoram is excellent with salads and mild flavored foods, it has is better tasting when dried. Marjoram has a slightly more delicate flavor than Oregano. Marjoram because it is more delicate should be added toward the end of cooking so its flavor is not lost. Marjoram goes well with pork and veal and complements stuffing for poultry, dumplings and herb scones or breads.

(magickal) protection, love, happiness, health, money

OreganoYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) Oregano goes well with vegetables, roast beef, lamb, chicken and pork. It is generally used to season Mexican, Italian, Greek and Spanish dishes. Oregano has a warm, aromatic scent and robust taste. It’s uses include seasoning soups, stews, meat pies, pasta sauces and shellfish.


ParsleyYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) Parsley has a delicate favor that combines well with other herbs like basil, bay leaves, chives, dill weed, garlic, marjoram, mint, oregano and thyme. Flat leaf or Italian is used primarily in cooking because of its more robust flavor and curly parsley is used primarily for garnish. Add at the end of cooking for better flavor.

(magickal) purification, protection, lust

RosemaryYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) Rosemary’s aromatic flavor blends well with garlic and thyme to season lamb roasts, meat stews, and marinades. Rosemary also enlivens lighter fish and poultry dishes, tomato sauces, and vegetables. Dress fresh steamed red potatoes and peas or a stir fried mixture of zucchini and summer squash. Rosemary has a tea like aroma and a piney flavor. Crush leaves by hand or with a mortar and pestle before using. Also wonderful in bread.

(magickal) it’s element is fire, use for good memory, friendship, fidelity, youth, protection, love, lust, purification, sleep. Burn to purify and cleanse. Use in love and lust incenses and potions. Use for healing of all kinds. A tea of rosemary causes the mind to be alert.

SageYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane) Sage enhances pork, lamb, meats, and sausages. Chopped leaves flavor salads, pickles, and cheese. Crumble leaves for full fragrance. Use ground Sage sparingly as foods absorb its flavor more quickly. Sage is a wonderful flavor enhancement for seafood, vegetables, stuffing, and savory breads. Rub sage, cracked pepper, and garlic into pork tenderloin or chops before cooking.

(magickal) it’s elements are Earth and air, use for Longevity, prosperity, Spirituality, protection, wishes, healing, Use in healing and money spells, purifying, use as incense during sacred rituals-walk the smoke to the four corners of the room to repel and rid negative energies and influences. Especially good when moving into a new home. Heals wounds, aids digestion, eases muscle and joint pain

ThymeYour browser may not support display of this image. (mundane)- Thyme is included in seasoning blends for poultry and stuffing and also commonly used in fish sauces, chowders, and soups. It goes well with lamb and veal as well as in eggs and croquettes. Thyme if often paired with tomatoes.

(magickal) it’s element is water, use for health, courage, purification, attracting faeries relives giddiness and nightmares. Burn for good health and use in healing spells. Burn as purification incense. Wear to increase psychic powers.

Until next month

Merry Cooking and Blessed Eating

The Hearthkeeper

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