Lime is a kitchen essential in my home, but I just recently learned the more witchy uses for it! Lime is super great for the skin but is also used to promote tranquility, to purify, and protect. I whipped up a little toner water to use as a glamour spell and gosh, does it smell and feel wonderful.
If you’d like to try it yourself, the recipe was super simple: One Lime A spritz of citrus vodka (Vodka is surprisingly good for the skin, did you know that? A little bit of lemon or grapefruit juice can work as a substitute though) Fine Salt Water of you choice! I recommend moon water as most witches do, and full moon water is good for reinvigorating the soul. New moon is good for cleansing of negativity, though, and (properly treated/diluted) ocean water can be good for washing away the bad or instilling change.
It doesn’t make too much, as these sorts of things don’t tend to keep very long (2-3 weeks at best). It’s a super quick recipe, too! It only took me like 5 minutes to whip up - and that’s including having to find gloves because lime juice is really painful on open wounds ;;
If you’d like to try it, just remember that you have to think real hard about what you want out of your toner water while you’re creating it. Is its purpose to cleanse, to invigorate, to protect you from outside forces? Your intent matters a lot.
It is early September, which means I have an abundance of tomatoes in the garden. For me, all those tomatoes mean it is time for sauce - and when I say making sauce is a labor of love, I don’t just mean the hours it takes to prepare.
Tomatoes have long been associated with love. When I make sauce, I use the time it takes to focus my prayers on those I love. When I got out to my garden to pick the tomatoes and herbs for my sauce, I like to say a prayer of thanks for the harvest and to ask for continued protection of the garden. Although there are a lot of different saints who are official patrons of gardening and/cooking, St. Brigid is my personal preference for work around the home.
As an aside, I’m mainly Irish, with a smattering of Cherokee, German, and French further back in the tree. If I do sauce differently than you, I know that’s a hanging offense - I am not claiming to be any authority on Italian cuisine! This is just my take on what to do with the tons of Romas in the garden. Plus, my cousin married an Italian guy, and she’s terrible at cooking, so I got to sit in when his grandmother tried to teach her how to make sauce, in the hopes that I would remember more and could help her once grandmother was gone. So it’s authentic adjacent, really….
I start with roughly 8-10 pounds of tomatoes, cut into chunks. In a large pot on the stove, I simmer the tomatoes until they have broken down, which typically takes an hour or so. During this time, I will occasionally stir (always clockwise!), and mash some of the larger bits of tomato with a spoon. After the tomatoes have cooked into a soupy mess of peels, you can either use a food mill or press the mixture through a sieve to help separate the juice from the pulp and skins.
At this point, if you want to be fancy, you can separate out a third of this liquid and cook it down into tomato paste. I’ve tried that a few times and it truly makes a superior sauce, especially if you make your tomato paste in the oven. However, that takes a long ass time, so sometimes store bought paste will have to do. If you’re feeling adventurous, Serious Eats has easy instructions to make tomato paste as part of their fresh tomato sauce recipe that will ruin all other tomato paste for you.
I digress. At this point, you want to put your strained liquid back into the pot. I like a low simmer over a few hours to reduce by half. Once the sauce has reduced by half, or maybe a little more, check the consistency. You want it to be almost your preferred thickness for sauce - if you like a very thick sauce, you’re going to have to keep reducing. Once you’re close to your desired thickness, add in half an onion, four peeled garlic cloves, some clippings of basil and oregano (and parsley if that’s your jam), and some leaves from the tomato plant. At this time, I like to add a glugg of fish sauce, but you could use Braggs liquid aminos if you want to keep it veg. Add your tomato paste. Simmer for another hour, stirring periodically to make sure nothing sticks.
I like to say a Hail Mary every time I stir. You stir so much in this recipe, you could practically say a rosary.
Once your sauce is at the desired thickness, fish out the onion, garlic, and stalks of herbs. Salt to taste (I like to use my trusty Herbamare bottle that I’ve asked St. Brigid to bless). At this point, I also like to stir in a few tablespoons of very good cold pressed extra virgin olive oil to add a richer mouth feel to the sauce.
Since you’ve just spent hours making the sauce, don’t waste it on any old thing! Make a dish to share with someone you love, or to welcome a neighbor. I love using my sauce for ravioli or eggs in purgatory or cod poached in tomato sauce - but your choices are endless.
Hi! Can I get a "I attract good luck and wealth" sigil please? 😁also what method of charging would you recommend for a sigil of this type?
Of course! (My hands were shaky, so excuse the messy cursive.) There are a thousand different ways that you can charge this sigil! The question is, what resonates with you the most? There’s nothing wrong with going the “simple” route by writing it on a piece of paper and then burning it. You could also draw it on a pulse point; that’s a personal favorite of mine.
Want to get more creative?
* Carve it into a green candle, light the wick, and let it melt away. (Maybe green doesn’t symbolize “good luck/wealth” to you. No worries. Use whatever color works for you.)
* Use a fine-tipped marker to draw it onto a coin, and keep the coin in your pocket throughout the day.
* Feel like witchin’ in the kitchen? Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves are all great spices for luck and good fortune. Make a spiced apple pie and carve your sigil into the crust before it bakes.
At the end of the day, though, use a method that you feel is most powerful.
The Aries Witch ♈️ Skin Care - Kitchen Witchin’
So I am quite a fan of creating my own skin care from natural products that are easily found around the house!
I’ve spent years throwing together combinations and have decided to post recipes and such for my favourite ones!
The product pictured above is a skin soother and smoother.
To make it I used a teabag of Lipton Chamomile tea, a teaspoon of honey and a small amount of boiled water.
All you need to do is open the teabag and pour the contents into a small bowl, add the honey and a little hot water - mix and wait to cool a little until you apply!
Makes your skin feel silky smooth afterwards and reduces redness ✨
Honey is a natural softener and antibacterial while Chamomile soothes
Kitchen witchin’ idea: Drizzle fresh pasta(plenty) with almond oil(money), cover it in a tasty meat and red wine sauce with lots of basil(prosperity) and thyme, serve with fresh baked garlic bread(success), and charge with prosperity and intent to draw wealth. Think that’ll do it?
what are some of your favorite witch blogs?? I made my tumblr like 20 mins ago and I could really need some to follow. Thanks!
Hello there lovely one!
Welcome to the witchy side of tumblr~ Would you like a complimentary black cat or owl? :D All kidding aside, it’s nice to see more people joining the community! This is going to be a list of just a few of my favorite blogs to reference and some of the sweetest souls ever~
There are so many more wonderful people on this side of tumblr, these are just the ones I could remember off the top of my head. Not all of these wonderful people might identify as witches but they’re a great place to start! Start with them and just branch out, you are going to meet some of the most amazing people in the world! (: Good luck and if you ever need anything, I’m always here.