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« Topic Start: December 30, 2008, 08:44:28 pm »

I know there are several of us on here who call ourselves Kitchen Witches (or Green, Hedge, Cottage...).  I'm just wondering what you do to incorporate your brand of magic into your lives?  Do you use herbs daily?  Only when needed?  Do you say a little spell over your food while you're cooking?  Care to share what it is?  Do you stir deosil, or widdershins?  Wink  Do you use herbs other than in your food (i.e. in charms, for bathing or as incense)?
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« Reply #1: December 30, 2008, 09:06:04 pm »

I know there are several of us on here who call ourselves Kitchen Witches (or Green, Hedge, Cottage...).  I'm just wondering what you do to incorporate your brand of magic into your lives?  Do you use herbs daily?  Only when needed?  Do you say a little spell over your food while you're cooking?  Care to share what it is?  Do you stir deosil, or widdershins?  Wink  Do you use herbs other than in your food (i.e. in charms, for bathing or as incense)?

Right now I'm using herbs daily, because a lot of people around me are sick and I'm trying to prevent myself from catching it. I have a peppermint sachet under my pillow, and every morning when I wake up I drink either honey and lemon in hot water, or steeped ginger root with honey. Whenever I use herbs I thank my Gods for the use of them, and I charge them just by laying my hands on them and feeding some of my own energy into them. I was once advised to put all of my herbs in the windowsill under the light of the moon and leave them there for one night, as this would give them an extra little boost. I never did try that, though.
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« Reply #2: January 03, 2009, 01:44:30 pm »

I know there are several of us on here who call ourselves Kitchen Witches (or Green, Hedge, Cottage...).  I'm just wondering what you do to incorporate your brand of magic into your lives?  Do you use herbs daily?  Only when needed?  Do you say a little spell over your food while you're cooking?  Care to share what it is?  Do you stir deosil, or widdershins?  Wink  Do you use herbs other than in your food (i.e. in charms, for bathing or as incense)?

I use herbs constantly, especially in teas and cooking.  I also make incense, mojo bags, and oils.  I don't really say spells while cooking, but I do try to focus on a particular intent with some dishes.   I am only occasionally conscious of stirring in a particular direction.  With special dishes I stir clockwise.  I also try to look at my kitchen as a sort of temple space.  I try to clean it regularly and decorate in a way that pleases me.  I also try to choose only tools and appliances that make me happy.
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« Reply #3: January 03, 2009, 02:31:29 pm »

I know there are several of us on here who call ourselves Kitchen Witches (or Green, Hedge, Cottage...). 

Ooh, good topic.  I'd love to explore more kitchen/green witchery, but the closest I've come to is a receipe for house cleaner.  I like to cook, because it feels like magic to me.  To take a bunch of ingredients and mix them together, add a little heat, boom!  You've got a wonderful end result (hopefully!)

Do you (anyone) use vinegar for house hold cleaning?  I was thinking about a suggestion from Diane Sylvan to take white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils (lemon or orange), but I'm not sure what the parts are.  If you use it, could you let me know?  Or perhaps list any natural cleaning products you use?


 
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« Reply #4: January 03, 2009, 04:07:51 pm »

Do you (anyone) use vinegar for house hold cleaning?  I was thinking about a suggestion from Diane Sylvan to take white vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils (lemon or orange), but I'm not sure what the parts are.  If you use it, could you let me know?  Or perhaps list any natural cleaning products you use?


 

I clean a LOT with vinegar.  I make an all purpose cleaner that is 1:10 vinegar to water.  Put the vinegar in, add the water almost to the top, then add a few drops of dish detergent and whatever essential oil strikes my fancy, shake the bottle up, then fill the rest of they way with water.  I use this for everything - counters, glass, toys...it does a great job on even stuck on stuff - just let it sit for a few minutes then wipe.

A great glass cleaner is just rubbing alcohol and water - I think about half and half.  And I always use old newspaper for wiping the windows with.  No lint and no streaks!

I also like to use baking soda as a gentle scrubber on the bathroom and kitchen counters.  Just sprinkle on the surface and scrub with a damp sponge.  A mix of baking soda, lemon juice and water is also great for scrubbing and smells wonderful.

For a furniture polish, I mix equal parts lemon juice and olive oil.
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« Reply #5: January 03, 2009, 04:11:23 pm »


Wow.  Thanks for all those great tips!
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« Reply #6: January 03, 2009, 08:25:07 pm »

A great glass cleaner is just rubbing alcohol and water - I think about half and half.  And I always use old newspaper for wiping the windows with.  No lint and no streaks!

I'd actually always heard this as vinegar and water.  Smiley  (The rest of this post is a more general reply, not aimed at you specifically.)

Other vinegary stuff:  It works semi-well as a replacement for fabric softener.  (Add a few drops of essential oil to scent if you like.)  I thought it worked OK enough to use, but Hubby found it inferior to the eco-friendly fabric softener we were using, so we went back to the other stuff--but I still use vinegar in a pinch sometimes when we're running out.

Also, put straight vinegar in a spray bottle to use as an odor absorber.  It will not MASK the odors and smell all pretty like commercial air fresheners do, but if you let it sit for a couple of minutes it will absorb them--think Febreeze rather than Glade here.  I sometimes add a little essential oil to it to give just a hint of scent.

My homemade all-purpose cleaner is a little more complicated.  Borrowed from Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan (which y'all should totally check out if you haven't):  Mix 1 tsp borax and 2 Tbsp vinegar in a 16oz spray bottle.  Fill almost to the top with very hot water and stir/shake to dissolve the borax.  Then add either 2 Tbsp dish soap OR 1/4 cup castille soap (like Dr. Bronner's) and 10-15 drops essential oil and stir to mix.  Note:  This is slightly toxic to humans.  If you're worried about that, you can leave out the borax; it won't be quite as strong a cleaner, but it will still work.  For larger cleaning jobs (washing the floor, say, or cleaning out the big recycling tubs), I use the same ingredients but just kind of eyeball the proportions.
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« Reply #7: January 03, 2009, 08:40:19 pm »

Wow.  Thanks for all those great tips!

I'll add, since I don't think I read it anywhere, that the vinegar should be "white," *not* apple cider. My mother always told me, "apples are for eating, so that's the vinegar for cooking. The other one's for cleaning." (And making pickles, which we eat, so... LOL!)
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« Reply #8: January 03, 2009, 08:45:30 pm »

I'll add, since I don't think I read it anywhere, that the vinegar should be "white," *not* apple cider. My mother always told me, "apples are for eating, so that's the vinegar for cooking. The other one's for cleaning." (And making pickles, which we eat, so... LOL!)

Whoops!  Yeah, definitely.  White vinegar, not apple cider or red wine or rice or whatever other fancy vinegars you have lying around.  Just plain old white distilled vinegar.  Sorry.  I'm so used to thinking in those terms that I forgot to specify.

Although I have seen apple cider vinegar recommended as a hair rinse...  to combat dandruff, I think?
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« Reply #9: January 03, 2009, 09:00:13 pm »

Whoops!  Yeah, definitely.  White vinegar, not apple cider or red wine or rice or whatever other fancy vinegars you have lying around.  Just plain old white distilled vinegar.  Sorry.  I'm so used to thinking in those terms that I forgot to specify.

Although I have seen apple cider vinegar recommended as a hair rinse...  to combat dandruff, I think?

I actually tried the "no 'poo" thing a year or so ago.  Instead of shampooing, you take a baking soda paste, rub that into your scalp, then rinse with apple cider vinegar.  It actually did work pretty well, but I got tired of it, and missed a nice smelling shampoo.

I also LOVE Dr. Bronner's and use it quite a bit, our handsoap is just half and half Dr. Bronner's and water.  Do keep in mind, though, that if you have hard water, any kind of castille soap like this will leave a residue.  Rinsing with vinegar will help with that.
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« Reply #10: January 03, 2009, 09:29:27 pm »

Although I have seen apple cider vinegar recommended as a hair rinse...  to combat dandruff, I think?

Again, Mom used to say that was to "brighten" the hair's natural color. She'd use a rinse of 1:1 water:cider vinegar on my hair when I was young. I got tired of smelling like cider vinegar sometime in middle school, I think.
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« Reply #11: January 04, 2009, 09:26:02 am »

I know there are several of us on here who call ourselves Kitchen Witches (or Green, Hedge, Cottage...).  I'm just wondering what you do to incorporate your brand of magic into your lives?  Do you use herbs daily?  Only when needed?  Do you say a little spell over your food while you're cooking?  Care to share what it is?  Do you stir deosil, or widdershins?  Wink  Do you use herbs other than in your food (i.e. in charms, for bathing or as incense)?

I use herbs for just about everything. From cooking, to teas, to spiritual use.

When cooking I add certain ingredience to add something I want to put in the food as well as say a blessing. I also have little chants and songs I say when I am doing my everyday things like cleaning and knitting.

As for natural cleaning and everyday needs I recommend Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan. It has a lot of great uses for vinegar and how to make bug sprays and different cleaners in a more natural way with a lot less chemical. It is more of a 'green' book, but has a lot of useful info.
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« Reply #12: January 04, 2009, 09:22:12 pm »

I actually tried the "no 'poo" thing a year or so ago.  Instead of shampooing, you take a baking soda paste, rub that into your scalp, then rinse with apple cider vinegar.  It actually did work pretty well, but I got tired of it, and missed a nice smelling shampoo.

I also LOVE Dr. Bronner's and use it quite a bit, our handsoap is just half and half Dr. Bronner's and water.  Do keep in mind, though, that if you have hard water, any kind of castille soap like this will leave a residue.  Rinsing with vinegar will help with that.


I love using vinegar on my hair, because it is an excellent clarifier (it will definitely get rid of the excess oil).  If you don't like the smell, you can mix it with your regular shampoo and apply as normal.
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« Reply #13: January 04, 2009, 09:23:39 pm »

Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan.

I will definitely get this book.  I'm going to check the library tomorrow.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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« Reply #14: January 04, 2009, 10:29:00 pm »

I know there are several of us on here who call ourselves Kitchen Witches (or Green, Hedge, Cottage...).  I'm just wondering what you do to incorporate your brand of magic into your lives?  Do you use herbs daily?  Only when needed?  Do you say a little spell over your food while you're cooking?  Care to share what it is?  Do you stir deosil, or widdershins?  Wink  Do you use herbs other than in your food (i.e. in charms, for bathing or as incense)?

deosil for curing and drawing things towards....widdershins for banishing and pushing things away Smiley

I pray over my food, usually-sometimes I forget. I grow a lot of my own herbs and a bit of veg, but not much at this time-I hope to have a better kitchen garden this summer than I have right now...gophers have trashed it, I'm afraid. If anyone has good ideas for gopher banishing let me know, I am not doing well on that head.

I make curing and supportive potions of various kinds, mainly for healing sick kids and my dh, or myself-i'm pretty good at that. I make my own bath salts and oils and perfumes, and cleaners. As others have noted I can't seem to get with the no shampoo thing, even though curlies like me are not supposed to use it, but oh well. Jeanne Rose's work is really helpful for making your own beauty products.

There are a couple of good yahoo groups on this topic, the best one being here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/the_witchy_kitchen/ It can be heavy on the recipes, and the email is really high, even in digest, so I set it to no mail, and only read it on the web when I have time. I also like this one http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/  especially when I'm feeling old and crotchety. Also, Susun Weeds site is pretty good, might be to groovy granola for some of you all, but tons of good info there http://www.susunweed.com/.
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