kitchen-herbs

How to Dry Herbs for Optimal Quality

If you grow your own herbs, you’ll want to learn how to dry them to preserve their freshness and enjoy them through the winter months. If you follow the techniques described here, your dry herbs will last for months to come.

By Tammi Hartung 

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Growing a Kitchen Garden in a Light Fixture

A landscape designer and a product designer combined creative forces to bring the garden into the kitchen. A collaboration that resulted in Klorofyll, a suspended light fixture that doubles as a hanging kitchen garden for growing aromatic herbs.

Both functional and decorative, Klorofyll is part of the trend for growing one’s own, even if it’s just a few herbs, and also reflects consumer interest in personalization–users can decide how to use the product in a way that fits their tastes.

Klorofyll’s 360° rotating cylinder contains six openings for removable planters, and two LED light rings which provide illumination, its electric wiring contained within the suspension cable and other technical parts inside one end of the module.

As a pendant light, it provides functional lighting for the kitchen work space and at the same time enables cooks to snip culinary herbs from directly overhead. A gentle spin rotates the cylinder on its axis to reveal a different herb pot. If ambient light is inadequate for healthy plant growth, Klorofyll replicates photosynthesis with the LED lights within its built-in light elements. Pretty cool…now I want one.

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Indoor Herb Garden

The best part about Magic is making things yourself. If you can take the time to piece something together, it ends up being more powerful than something you can just buy.

Today I will be discussing indoor herb gardens. To start you have to think about where is the best place to have the garden? Find a little window sill that has light during the day but keep the plants at least 3-4 inches away from the window so the herbs don’t cook in hot sunlight.

Next you have to think about what the best herbs could be to grow inside. I suggest you go with oregano, mint, rosemary, and thyme. Each of these can be found at your local flower shop or grocery store.

Now the magical aspect of these herbs are the reason you are growing these (besides the fact you have fresh herbs to cook with now) here are the specific qualities of each herb:

Oregano:

  • Planet: Venus
  • Element: Air
  • Magical Uses: happiness, tranquility
  • Other Magical Uses: Animals, grieving, harmony, love, peace, protection, psychic development, weddings

Mint:

  • Planet: Venus
  • Element: Air  
  • Magical Uses: cleansing, consecration, dreams, happiness, healing, love, money, passion, prosperity, protection, psychic development, purification, release, renewal, rest, sleep
  • Other Magical Uses: Animals, divination, endings, energy, exorcism, good luck, grieving, spirit offering, success, transformation
  • Lore: Mints are sacred to the god Hades, because a young lovely named Minthe was transformed into a mint to keep her from Hades’ embrace. Mint is also sometimes attributed to Zeus. Pair mint with topaz or chalcedony for best effect.

Rosemary:

  • Planet: Sun
  • Element: Fire  
  • Magical Uses: cleansing, confidence, consecration, courage, exorcism, good luck, grieving, happiness, healing, knowledge, love, memory, passion, peace of mind, prevents theft, protection, psychic development, psychic protection, purification, release, ritual, rituals for the dead, water rites/sea rituals, weddings
  • Other Magical Uses: blessings, dreams, endings, energy, elves, fidelity, honesty, inspiration, invocation, longevity, meditation, new moon, prevents nightmares, sleep, strength, transformation, wisdom, Yule
  • Lore: Rosemary is associated in Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet” with remembrance, so its link to memory is old. Even older are its associations with general magic and healing, with feminine power–folklore states that a healthy rosemary plant grew where a woman was head of the family–and with goddesses, especially of the sea. Catholic healers associated it with Mary.

Thyme:

  • Planet: Venus
  • Element: Air
  • Magical Uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, courage, divination, dreams, exorcism, faeries, happiness, healing, love, money, prevents nightmares, protection, psychic development, purification
  • Other Magical Uses: compassion, confidence, contacting other planes, grieving, magic, meditation, Midsummer, passion, release, renewal, rituals for the dead, Summer rituals, wishing
  • Lore: Thyme has strong ties to faery lore. Pair it with pearls.

You can also decorate the pots and add crystal to the soil to empower the herbs. Make it all your own and your magic will become more powerful.

-Alerisa

a handful of lavender tips for your kitchen and garden

The potency of the lavender flowers increases with drying.

Flowers and leaves can be used fresh, and both buds and stems can be used dried.

Lavender is a member of the mint family and is close to rosemary, sage, and thyme. It is best used with fennel, oregano, rosemary, thyme, sage, and savory.

In cooking, use 1/3 the quantity of dried lavender flowers to fresh lavender flowers.

Adding too much lavender to your recipe can be like eating perfume and will make your dish bitter. Because of the strong flavor of lavender,  the secret is that a little goes a long way.

Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries, or garden centers. In many cases these flowers have been treated with pesticides not labeled for food crops.

The spikes and leaves of lavender can be used in most dishes in place of rosemary in most recipes.

Use the spikes or stems for making fruit or shrimp kabobs. Just place your favorite fruit on the stems and grill.

To retain the flavor and fragrance of dried lavender, store them in glass or pottery containers with tight fitting lids so the oils will not escape from the flowers.

Due to its excellent healing and analgesic properties, lavender can provide instant relief from heat rash or red and sore skin. It can also prevent blistering. Make a lotion using 12 drops of lavender essential oil in 1 tablespoon of distilled water. Dab the area gently.

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I’m part of a cooking co-operative on campus and we grow herbs on our kitchen windowsill. The oregano (pictured), rosemary, parsley and sage are thriving. Unfortunately the chilly winter killed our basil, which was by far my favorite herb. My best friend and I have been trying to grow lavender, but it’s difficult to start from scratch.

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By Barbara Pleasant

anonymous asked:

Hey, I was just wondering if you have an opinion on herbs that are essential for a beginner witch, just to start getting my herb pantry stocked? fyi, I love your blog. Blessed be.

They’re not all herbs (some are just regular plants) but I would definitely recommend the following, as I use them a lot:

  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnamon 
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Rose
  • Cayenne
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

You will also need a lot of basically anything found in your kitchen (salt [a ton of salt], basil, parsley, thyme, oregano, pepper, honey, etc.). Raiding the pantry is almost always bound to bring up something of magickal use. 

I hope this helps!