I will get back to my herbs & stuff for today… sort of.
Actually what I wanted to talk about was herbs and food and how it relates to spells.
There are plenty of magical herbal books that are GREAT for letting you know what the properties of herbs are and how to use them in a spell.
Believe it or not, all food has properties.
Herbs, flowers, food, and magic have all worked together for centuries. Healing with teas or tinctures and nourishing the body and soul with food have long since been a form of spell casting. In The Silver Cord, I use herbs in the physical candles for candle magic and also around the candles or on the altar as a catalyst in spells. For instance, Jess and Kat use a sprig of rosemary on the altar for focus. They also used peppermint tea in place of the herb peppermint in another spell.
Lexa Rosean aka the ‘Supermarket Sorceress’ has a book called “The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients”. What a treasure trove of info this book is! You can create entire MEALS that act as spells.
For instance, according to Ms. Rosean, eat collard greens on Tuesdays to find work for the week. Eat clementines on Sundays to strengthen your immune system and promote good health. There are tons of foods, herbs, plants and even metals listed in this book – seriously an informative read.
Some of my favorite fictional books include food as magic. My favorite author, Sarah Addison Allen, writes about food in a magical way in “Garden Spells” & “The Girl who Chased the Moon”. Erica Bauermeister wrote a fantastic book about the power of creating food and how emotional it can be in “The School of Essential Ingredients” & “The Art of Mixing”. I am reading a magical bakery series by Bailey Cates at the moment. It is a cozy mystery series that involves witches and baked goods – how can you go wrong?? There is some great herbal and Wiccan info in that series. The first book in the series is: “Brownies and Broomsticks”.
Here is a great way to start your day. All information taken from “The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients”.
Magical Breakfast Bagel:
Sesame bagels are for prosperity / Everything bagel makes wishes come true
DO NOT put pork products on your bagel, it brings bad luck!
Butter is eaten to attract wealth
Eggs absorb negative energy
Soft cheeses (like cream cheese) are added to love recipes – eat on Monday or Friday
Eat fish (lox) for prosperity