What is Kitchen Witchery, and How Can I Get Started Practicing It?

Chances are, the COVID-19 pandemic has you spending more time at home — and more time in your kitchen, preparing your own meals and/or meals for your family than ever before. Maybe this has been inspiring to you, the reminder that how we fuel ourselves can have a profound impact on our well-being, our health, and even our mood.

Maybe you want to take that kitchen inspiration even further: kitchen witchery is for folks who want to practice magick and witchcraft with an emphasis on cooking, food, and mealtimes. Feel super connected to the herbs you grow? Have an interest toward keeping a happy home with help from essential oils and herbalism in addition to your favorite cookbook? You just might be interested in a bit of kitchen magic, thanks to a kitchen witchcraft practice.

The Rise of Kitchen Witchcraft

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The inspired ideas behind kitchen witchcraft have seen a recent rise in popularity, thanks in part to Cerridwen Greenleaf's The Book of Kitchen Witchery: Spells, recipes, and rituals for magical meals, an enchanted garden, and a happy home, and Arin Murphy-Hiscock's The House Witch, her followup to 2017's The Green Witch.

The kitchen of a witch, Greenleaf explains, is a sight to behold: it is "a sacred space where good health, abundance, luck, and love can be conjured."

Maybe you're looking to conjure more money for your household. Maybe you'd like to know how to create an effective kitchen altar. Maybe you just want your magical practice to extend to the kitchen, a pagan power center. Either way, a bit of kitchen witchery can lead to a happy home.

How to Get Started with Kitchen Witchery

If you're a beginner, look to guides like Greenleaf's for advice on "meditations, charms, folk wisdom, and incantations along with instructive lore covering astrological aspects, phases of the moon, candle color alchemy, and exactly which domestic goddesses to invoke." Another great place to start? Box of Shadows, a monthly Wicca-inspired subscription for "eclectic souls." They deliver curated boxes of worship supplies, altar decor, craft tools, jewelry, and pagan-related gifts fit for any eclectic path. If you're looking to enchant and inspire, start with Box of Shadows.

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If you're developing your kitchen into the ultimate witchy space, consider the Sage and Amethyst Subscription Box. Each magickal box includes 7-10 of the following: jewelry; candle, flameless candle, or incense; altar supplies such as ritual salts, anointing oils, floral or herb mix; altar accessories; crystals or semi-precious stones; an intuitively drawn oracle or tarot card; and a recipe from their witches' kitchen.

If you want to focus in on the study of herbs, you'd do well to get started with Apothecary at Home. You can learn traditional herbal medicine, and use what you learn to apply it to your kitchen witchery practice. Their Monthly Herbal Study Box is the perfect study companion for the aspiring herbalist, or anyone who desires a deeper relationship with plants. Each delivery introduces new herbs, recipes, and holistic medicine-making projects, as well as seeds, study guides, collectible art prints & other bonus goodies for your home apothecary.

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Once you've learned how to wield herbs and spices to enchant or tap into your personal power, consider upping your spice game with SpiceBreeze, which offers freshly ground spices from all over the world. And if you want to focus on growing your own materials for your kitchen witchery? Look no further than Bloomin' Bin, which sends in-season seeds to plant each and every month.

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Shy on space or have tricky garden specifications? Reach out to the good folks at Urban Organic Gardener, who can help you uncover your best green thumb with boxes customized based on your garden characteristics, preferences, location, and more. Oh, and if you're keeping your own chickens to lay your own eggs? There's a subscription box for that, too. Henny + Roo provides a monthly box full of useful and fun products for backyard chicken keepers.

Remember, your environment in your kitchen (and beyond) can have a profound impact on you. Why not impact that environment with aromatherapy? Sixth Scents subscription boxes focus on 100% pure essential oils, curated for the aromatherapy needs of the upcoming month.

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