The garden is so abundant right now and the fall equinox has passed which means it’s time to bring in the last of the garden herbs and put them to good use. I’m always one for drying herbs for cooking, to add to soups and stews when the weather gets cold, but sometimes I feel like something’s missing – like there is more to garden herbs than just their culinary uses.
Also, All Hallow’s Eve is right around the corner which has me feeling a little extra witchy these days. So to celebrate the turning of the seasons, I’ve compiled my list of 7 Witchy Ways to Use Your Garden Herbs, where I’ll be discussing other uses for your witchy herbs, uses that lie beyond the kitchen.
Witchy tip #1:
Drink Mint & Lemon Balm for Health
Mint and Lemon Balm are abundant in my garden and so easy to grow. Mint is known to soothe the digestive system and lemon balm is said to calm the nerves and restore youth. These herbs can be either steeped together in hot water for a light herbal tea or pop a few leaves in your daily water bottle to add a refreshing cool flavour to your daily 8 glasses. Either way, drink these witchy herbs daily to restore your health and vitality.
Witchy tip #2:
Burn Dried Sage and Thyme for Protection
Cultures all around the world burn herbs in ritual to ward off bad luck and bring protection to their families. These ceremonies are used to cleanse the aura, purify the body and banish negative energy. One herb that is often burned for protection is sage, which is easy to grow and dry for use in herbal incense bundles.
Ancient Europian cultures burned Thyme in ceremonies to bring courage and strength to warriors as they set out to battle. So, burn sage and thyme for protection, courage and ward off negative energy.
Always burn your herbal incents in a heat-safe vessel, well-ventilated area, and keep water nearby just in case.
Witchy tip #3:
Plant Basil at your Door for Wealth
Basil is said to attract wealth and prosperity to the home. But aside from its witchy benefits, basil is easy to grow and fantastic to cook with. I use it in pasta sauces, salads and even cocktails. It’s great having such a versatile herb growing right at my front door. So, grow a potted basil plant at your front door to bring more abundance to your life.
Witchy tip #4:
Soak your Skin in Rose and Calendula for Beauty
Calendula and Rose are known for soothing and restoring dry, reddened skin. Calendula can help calm dry, irritated and sun-damaged skin. While rose has been used for generations to soften and tone skin with restoring a youthful glow. Collect and dry organic rose petals and calendula blooms and blend with Epsom salts to create a restorative beauty bath. Soak your skin in these witchy herbs weekly to restore a natural, youthful glow.
Witchy tip #5:
Bake with Lavender and Vanilla For Love
Use the power of lavender and vanilla to bring love and joy, by creating sweet treats for the ones you love. The scent of lavender is so comforting and relaxing and when combined with the exotic aroma of vanilla the result is curiously intoxicating.
Lavender is common in most gardens zone 5 and warmer because it’s easy to grow, looks great all year and smells divine. I use it in the kitchen all the time and I just love making lavender infused honey. So bake something with lavender and vanilla for your sweetheart and bring more love into your life.
Witchy tip #6
Carry Bay Leaf with you for Strength
Bay Laurel is said to be the herb of strength and protection. Bay is a Mediterranean herb and may not over-winter in your garden but it will happily grow as a decorative houseplant on your kitchen counter. Use Bay leaves in cooking to add a deeper flavour to your dishes. For protection scribe a word or phrase on a bay leaf and carry it with you in an amulet or locket to evoke strength and power.
Witchy tip #7
Hang Herbal Bundles in your Home for Luck
Combining herbs is a powerful way to bring more luck into your life. A few herbs that are said to bring good luck include chamomile, thyme, juniper, rosemary, lavender, and comfrey. Bundle these witchy herbs into a gorgeous herbal bouquet to act as a good luck charm and hang it in your home to bring good fortune and prosperity to your life.
So, that’s it, I hope you are feeling a bit witchier too now. Feel free to share this article with your friends or maybe host a craft night with your coven :). For more Witchy Garden Goodness check out 10 Ways to Create a Witchy Garden from my pal Mary Jane at Home for the Harvest, its a really fun article!
Happy fall & thanks for hanging out!
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