Kitchen Witches and an Essential Tool
These witches are making magic in the kitchen. Plus, mortar and pestles.
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Hello, wonderful witches!
Since today’s article is about some fabulous social media creators, I’m finally announcing this to the world: I officially downloaded TikTok. I don’t know anything about it and I’m definitely suffering from some new platform overwhelm. BUT. I heard that witchtok has some really interesting content that I should check out. So if you have any suggestions on accounts to follow, please do let me know! And maybe one day I’ll make an account for Kitchen Witch… cooking videos, anyone?
5 Kitchen Witch-Fluencers to Follow
By Sam White
There are so many amazing creators out there who truly embody the spirit of a kitchen witch, practicing witchcraft with positive purpose and intention inside and outside of the kitchen. They create food to soothe, heal, and connect deeper with spirituality, infusing love and magic into the food they create. Food itself is such an important spiritual and magical cornerstone that sometimes we forget cooking is actually the most ancient form of alchemy.
With so many talented kitchen witches on social media, we thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of our favorite witch-fluencers. They’re using Instagram and other digital platforms to share their love of food and the occult with the world.
Joey (@flavorsupreme on Instagram) is a spiritual coach, tarot reader, and cake baker extraordinaire. They are a jack of all trades with experience as a professional chef, and now use their Instagram to share their luxuriously delicious (and visually stunning) cakes as well as offering remote holistic wellness services like tarot reading and reiki healing.
To book a tarot session, reiki session, or to order a cake, you can visit Joey’s website here.
Cat (@theolivetreesandthemoon on Instagram) is an artist, writer, cook, gardener, mother, and lover of nature and magic. Her Instagram is full of fairytale-like snapshots of her lush and thriving land in her homeland of western Iberia. Those images act as a gorgeous backdrop to the rest of her magical endeavors, which include gardening, foraging, creating art, tending to her animals, and curating beautiful healing kitchen cuisine.
To learn more about her life, you can visit Cat’s website here.
Carla (@wiccancuisine on Instagram) is a Wiccan food curator and photographer from Barcelona. She creates stunning food and baked goods intertwined with magic and spirituality. Carla is also a lover of fantasy books, movies, and television shows, and creates fantastical and otherworldly dishes inspired by her favorite epic stories.
If you want to support Carla’s digital art, you can visit her Etsy shop here.
Krystal (@thewholesomewitch on Instagram) is a Celtic witch who has been practicing witchcraft for twenty years. She is a writer, blogger, and holistic and spiritual health coach who loves to help people inside and outside of the kitchen. She believes that our connection to nature is of the utmost importance, and is especially important when it comes to the food that we eat. Krystal also creates and sells digital grimoire pages, e-books, and reference guides that are a wonderful tool for both experienced and novice kitchen witches alike.
To learn more about Krystal and her grimoire pages, can find her website here.
Conjure the Cocktail (@conjurethecocktail)
Conjure the Cocktail (@conjurethecocktail on Instagram) is run by Prairie Rose (@bitbyafox) and Angela Lovell (@lovellable), two kitchen witches that share a love for magic, healing, and craft cocktails. They have curated beautiful drinks and tonics that are spiritually in line with both the earth and the stars, inspired by the calendar and western astrology.
To learn how to make your own magical cocktails, you can visit their YouTube channel here.
Sam White is a freelance writer and journalist from New York who is passionate about social activism, environmental conservation, and cruelty-free living. A proponent of justice both social and ecological, she has dedicated her life and career towards helping make the world a better and more magical place. Follow her on Twitter @misamthropist and on Instagram @misamthropy.
A History of the Mortar and Pestle
By Sam White
The mortar and pestle has been used as a tool in medicine, cooking, and alchemy for thousands of years. Dating all the way back to Ancient Egypt, they were used for grinding spices, cosmetics, and medicines. It was even mentioned in the Ebers Papryus, the oldest recorded medical literature in history dating back to 1550 BC. This ancient scroll contained hundreds of recipes for tonics, elixirs, and potions that would cure a myriad of afflictions and ailments—many of these made using the mortar and pestle.
Commonly made of stone, clay, or wood, the design of the mortar and pestle is so ingenious that it has remained relatively unchanged since its invention thousands of years ago. Using a mortar and pestle is using the same mystical and primeval tool that was sacred to the ancient Aztecs, Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks, Romans, and many Native American tribes.
Still popularly used in the culinary world, geographic location is influential on the materials used to make mortars and pestles. In Mexico they’re made out of volcanic rock with feet crafted underneath and are used to grind spicy peppers into pastes and powders for cooking. In Japan they are traditionally made out of earthenware and are used to grind ingredients like sesame seeds and ginger. In Thailand you’ll see them made out of solid granite and used to grind up vibrant curry pastes and spices.
Also customarily used in witchcraft, the mortar and pestle is an essential tool for grinding ingredients used in rituals and alchemy. The magically inclined can place dried herbs and oils into the basin of the mortar and grind them into a fine powder with the pestle. Herbs, rose petals, lavender, essential oils, sage, salt, and earth are just a few things commonly used in spiritual rituals that can be ground by the mortar and pestle.
In chemistry and pharmacy, the mortar and pestle has also historically been used to grind chemical compounds and medications. It’s useful for at-home remedies as well, great for grinding ingredients that will help cure and calm common ailments such as turmeric for inflammation, evening primrose for menstrual pain, flax seed for digestion, echinacea for respiratory illness, lavender for sleep, and chamomile for anxiety.
A magical, ancient, and eye-catching tool, the mortar and pestle is a wonderfully useful instrument for cooks, chemists, alchemists, and witchcraft enthusiasts alike to keep in their homes.
Coming Up Next Week…
Next week, we’re going to make sigil pies!
See you then!