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Hello, wonderful witches!
I have some sad news. There’s about four months left of content scheduled for the newsletter, and after that, Kitchen Witch will be shutting down. As many of you know, costs to run the newsletter and pay my fabulous writers come from a combination of paid subscriptions and money out of my own pocket. After more than a year of publishing, income from subscriptions hasn’t been able to reach what’s needed to keep this afloat without me going broke in the process. (If you want specific numbers, to break even, there needs to be about 55 more monthly subscribers.) So unfortunately, that means ending Kitchen Witch. It’s been a lot of fun running the newsletter and giving a voice to witchy writers with a reasonable (though still less than I’d like) payment for articles. The main reason I began this newsletter is because writers who want to write about witchcraft have very few places to publish—and the publications that are out there tend to pay a pittance of about $25, if they pay anything at all. As witches, we deserve to have our stories told. And witch writers deserve to be compensated fairly for that. It’s been an honor to publish such wonderful work from witches of every path, tradition, identity, and perspective. So that’s that—unless there’s a swarm of new subscribers, I’ll be signing off in four months.
Now, back to the good work of supporting witches and witch writers. Today, we’re taking a quick look at turmeric and some of the ways we can use the spice in our personal and magical lives.
The Magical Powers of Turmeric
By Leslie Nichole
Have you heard of the power that turmeric possesses? Studies show turmeric might be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence. It has impressive effects on the body and the brain.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that comes straight from the turmeric plant. It has a warm, bitter taste and is used to flavor butter, cheese, and curry powder. The root of the turmeric plant can be widely used to make medicine. It contains yellow curcumin and is used in foods, cosmetics, spells, and rituals.
Curcumin is the main active compound in turmeric. It has potent anti-inflammatory effects and strong antioxidants. But, turmeric’s curcumin content isn’t very high—only around 3 percent. So if you want to experience the full benefits, you’ll want to find a supplement that contains high levels of curcumin.
As far as witchcraft goes, turmeric possesses a lot of powers. The spice is associated with the sun, bringing warmth, joy, and happiness. It corresponds with the solar plexus, governing our willpower, confidence, and strength. Its action-oriented energy can also give a healthy boost to relationships and finances.
How Do I Use Turmeric?
Ready to give turmeric a try? Here are some ideas on adding the spice to your personal and magical worlds.
Spice Up Your Relationships.
Get a red candle (it can be a tea candle, jar candle, or chime candle) and carve your and your partner’s names onto it. Then, sprinkle it with a pinch or two of turmeric and light it. Not only will this help spice up the relationship, but it will also bring new life back into it. It will help protect your relationship from evil and the evil eye. You can choose to light it in a bedroom you share, or next to a picture of your partner.
Give Your Skin a Glow.
Turmeric can help fight acne, dull skin, dark circles, and hyperpigmentation. The antioxidants and the anti-inflammatory components provide the skin with a glow and luster. Add a teaspoon of milk to your turmeric (not too much because it will stain your skin) and mix. Spread the mixture on your face and leave it for about 30 minutes to an hour, whichever you see fit. This can also be used as a body scrub to remove all those impurities, stressors, and negative energies from the day.
Infuse Your Food.
Add a half to a whole teaspoon to your meal. Before you add it, though, close your eyes and set your intention for the spice.
Make a Powerful Witch’s Brew.
Adding a teaspoon to your favorite tea can help break up mundane moments and turn them into special occasions by bringing happiness to your day, no matter if it’s morning or night. Give this self-love tea a try. All you need is a mug, water, your favorite tea, and a teaspoon of turmeric.
Take a Bath.
Taking a bath with water mixed with a small quantity of turmeric purifies the body and mind.
Leslie Nichole is the creator at The Serendipitous Content Creator. She’s been creating content for about two years in her hometown of Raleigh, NC.
Coming Up Next Week…
Next week, we’re learning to make margaritas with ethically sourced palo santo.
See you then!