By Amber C. Snider
Spellwork doesn’t always have to be elaborate ceremonies with extensive rituals. Sometimes a little kitchen magick can do the trick, especially if you don’t have the space, time, or money to go all out. Here are a few ways you can add practical magick to your everyday life in simple, but powerful ways.
Practicing intention-based magick helps raise your consciousness and energetic vibrations, welcomes in more self-love, and heightens your intuition and respect for the earth. The winter season is a time for inner reflection and hibernation (the natural world around you does the same), especially as you prepare for big things to come throughout the rest of the year. So give yourself permission to turn inwards, get cozy, and try a little kitchen magick to uplift your spirit during these colder months.
Here are 9 spells, recipes, and tips to help cure the winter blues and enchant your home.
Simmer warming winter herbs on the stove for an uplifting aroma around the home.
You can include a mix of the following herbs: Cloves, Cinnamon sticks, Star anise, Galangal root, All spice. If you'd like to let it simmer all day, add a couple cups of water back into the pot every hour. A simmer pot helps cleanse your home and reset your space. Use herbs with intention: cinnamon for concentration and productivity, rosemary for purification, lemongrass for energizing, lavender for peace and protection, etc.
Afterwards, you can also add the herbs to a bath. For easier clean up, simply place the herbs in a piece of cheesecloth or cloth tea strainer and soak in your magic.
Burn frankincense resin
Frankincense resin has also been used in a variety of cleansing, purification, and holy rituals for centuries. The beautifully aromatic scent can help relieve feelings of anxiety and depression, and offer a spiritual boost. Use your mortar and pestle to grind up a bit of the resin and place it on a bit of burning charcoal in a fire-safe dish. Carry the dish around the house to purify your space or keep it burning next to you during meditations, incantations, and other spellwork. ($3 per half ounce at Enchantments)
Wear Sun Oil or burn Sun Incense with intention
Hand-blended at Enchantments, Sun Oil ($15 for half ounce) invokes the energy of the sun and helps promote energy, growth, positivity, joy, self-confidence, and happiness. Wear with intention or add a few drops to an essential oil diffuser. You can also get Sun Incense ($10 for half ounce) and use it to cleanse your space and attract good fortune.
Do a candle ritual with the intention of "shining light in the darkness."
You can use either a white, yellow, or gold candle. Begin your ritual by taking a cleansing sea salt bath to remove negative energy and focus your intention before lighting your candle. You can carve a personal sigil (or simply a circle to represent the sun, heart for self-love, etc) and add your initials. Anoint your candle with any of the oils listed above and roll in magickal herbs. For more on candle magick, check out this story.
Has No Hannah oil
A custom recipe at Enchantments, Has No Hannah Oil brings good luck and fortune. You can wear the oil (as you would a perfume) with intention, anoint a candle with it, or add a few drops to your bath. Minimum ½ ounce for orders ($15 for half ounce, not for ingestion).
Make a cup of St. John’s Wort tea
St. John’s Wort is known to help treat depression and anxiety, as well promote healing and repair wounds. Add a bit of it to your regular tea blends or buy ready-made tea bags. The healing effects of St. John’s Wort are more apparent with regular use, so add it to your daily routine during the winter months. Note that Enchantments does not sell herbs for ingestion, but we do have St. John's Wort herb for use for magic (baths, incense blends, sachets, ouanga bags, etc.).
Add a little hyssop (herb) to your bath and steep in its cleansing powers.
Hyssop is used in many uncrossing formulas, so it’s a good herb to use in your magick bath rituals. It’s been used for centuries in purification rituals and to consecrate holy spaces. Add a tablespoon or more to a bath (or wrap the herb in cheesecloth for easier clean up) and envision the herb cleansing away any negativity or bad vibes. You can also chant, pray, or say an incantation spell during your bath. As the water drains from the tub, imagine the water taking away any icky energy with it. ($3.50 for half ounce here).
Hyssop essential oil is also used in a variety of magical oil blends. You can also purchase Hyssop Essential oil for $25 per half ounce ($40 for a full ounce) online here or in-person at Enchantments.
Make yourself a cup of golden turmeric tea
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can aid in depression. It can also ease PMS symptoms, help fight viruses, ease joint stiffness, and help detoxify the body.
Boil a cup or two of oat milk (if you are lactose intolerant) on the stove and stir in a tablespoon of turmeric. Add in honey to taste. When you make teas with intention, offer gratitude to the herb/spice for its healing powers.
Burn or diffuse the following invigorating and uplifting essential oils to aid in happiness:
––Orange essential oil ($19 for a half ounce)
––Tangerine essential oil ($23 for half ounce)
––Lemongrass essential oil ($20 for half ounce)