witches cabinet

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Cabinet of curiosities by Gabriela Minks
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Feathers, moths, butterflies, bones, locks of hair, dried flowers…

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Took some time tonight to clean and organize my “witch closet.” I’m getting a new bookshelf soon to house my expanding library 😬

Pictured is my wall cabinet that I dedicate to my essential oils, my infused oils, salts, homemade incense, powders etc. Then my main witch cabinet with spice jars, candles, incense, ritual tools, containers (GALORE), and other misc items. After is my gem chest where I keep my gems, stones, crystals, jewelry, and charm making supplies.

And of course a small selection of my temporarily homeless books 😂

Blessed be 🌛🌝🌜💕

Painted this for my Patreon subscribers. I wanted to make a Halloween print that wasn’t blatantly HALLOWEEN, so this is an inventory of a witch’s cabinet.

I’ll have a few extras available at DesignerCon as well! I’m keeping a bit of a low profile because I haven’t had much time to sculpt these days, but I’ll be sharing a table with Leslie(look for her under Beastlies) and will have zines and comics and merch and some other neat things on me!

9 Common herbs for The Witch’s Cabinet


Sage-Sage is the staple of any witch stockpile. Most notable for its cleansing abilities, a bundle of dried sage produces a smell that is abhorrent to most spirits or nasty little critters that like to dwell about. Burn a little, and it will drive them out of your area. For these reasons, sage is used to cleanse and purify sacred spaces before a ritual. Sage is also believed to increase wisdom and gain guidance from a spirit.
Lavender-A wonderful herb for healing, it can be used in teas for ridding oneself of headaches. Magically speaking, it is excellent for helping to calm anxiety and stressful situations. It has often been used for aiding sleep and helping to promote prophetic dreaming. If you like to purify yourself before a ritual, sprinkle some in the bathtub and have a nice soak.
Peppermint-Perfect for settling an upset stomach, mint in most forms is a great addition to the stores. It is a good herb for protection and for gaining or attracting wealth to you. Not to mention the fairies tend to flock about when it’s grown in abundance. It’s been known to attract casual lovers.
Horehound-Excellent for a sore throat, horehound is said to be especially useful in warding against being ensorcelled. That is to say, to protect against other witches or someone casting spells against you. It may even be productive if you’ve got a particularly nasty entity that needs exorcising.
Ginger-Being a spicy herb, ginger is known for adding a punch to spells and enchantments, especially those involving sexual magic. This can mean either strengthening the spell, quickening it to fruition, or just making sure it has the desired effect.
Clove-Nobody likes malicious gossip, least of all a witch. Cloves are useful for the sake of preventing drama and diverting people from enveloping you in their lies or slander. It is especially good at protecting children from harmful teasing or bullying and can be helpful in bringing your friends closer to you.
Olive-Don’t underestimate these little things. They’ve been used in a wide variety of magic and are just as potent today as they were thousands of years ago. Olives are signs of fertility for both men and women and are thought to increase the chances of pregnancy. It is a substantial offering, especially for any workings involving a Cthonic deity and can be used for a quick topical potion mix.
Anise-A vivid strengthener in divination and omens, anise is a most wonderful addition to the cabinet. It is thought to assist in trances and meditation, as well as bringing entities to your aid in a working. Anise takes the shape of a star, an important symbol it witchcraft.
Red Clover-Often seen as a symbol of good luck, red clover is a good charm to ward off unwanted romantic advances or to ensure to loyalty of someone you love. It’s sometimes viewed as a shamanic plant, able to help one in their interactions with the Otherworld and used as a protection when traveling between. It is thought to calm the capricious nature of some entities if given as an offering.

From this kitchen witch’s cabinet:

Warming tea infusions for when your stomach is not feeling particularly well. Apples, blackberries, chamomile, and mint all help to ease nausea and other forms of digestive unease.

Apple and Ginger Infusion: Warm chopped apples, a knob of peeled ginger, and two bags of chamomile tea in a pot of water until hot but not boiling. Let steep for ten to fifteen minutes, then drink.

Blackberry Mint Infusion: Warm smashed blackberries and two bags of chamomile in a pot of water until hot but not boiling. Take off the heat, add a spring of mint, and let steep for ten to fifteen minutes. Drink.