Magick Herbal Recipes From A Witch’s Kitchen

Food is more than sustenance, it’s an experience. It’s a story, a whispered secret, the bonding of love and friendship. I believe cooking should be no different.

Sure, what physically goes into a meal is important, but what you put into a meal energetically is just as important. Because that energy will be reabsorbed by those eating your creation, it is vital that you pay attention to the intentions and energy that you cook into your food.

I don’t know if I enjoy cooking for my family or eating with them more. As a witch, cooking for them is much more enjoyable than it was before. I use every opportunity I can to sprinkle all sorts of magick into their food and thus, into their lives.

When you are intentional and knowledgeable about what you create and how you go about creating it, you can shift some serious energy within your household and your personal life.

My favorite way to do that is with herbal concoctions that not only enhance my life magickally, but also offer health benefits that are necessary when raising babies. (Or just being a human during flu season.)

I have a little advice before you get started. I try to use as many fresh herbs as possible when it comes to vinegars but this isn’t always possible. If you use dried herbs instead of fresh in your recipes, I would suggest cutting the amount of herbs you’re using by one half. For example, if the recipe calls for one cup of fresh herbs, simply use half a cup of dried herbs. It’s also important to never use fresh herbs in your honey or oil infusions as they contain water and can go rancid very quickly.

You’re definitely going to need a funnel, a lot of patience, and if you choose to strain your herbs out of your infusions, you will need a decent amount of muslin or cheesecloth. Metal strainers just don’t work as well, especially with the honey.

The “magick part” of your infusions is created by the intentions and energy that you put into them. What you visualize and focus on during every step of this process – as you chop your herbs, as you wash them, as you add them to the jar, as you fill the jar with oil or vinegar – that is what makes your herbal infusion the most magickal. The more intent and energy you put into your infusion, whether it’s for love or prosperity, the more potent it is and the more likely it is to achieve the desired results.

Be prepared to let your herbal infusions steep for up to a month, depending on the herbs and liquid you’re using. Herbal honey generally has a lower steep time, at one to two weeks. However, vinegar and oils can be two weeks to a month.

I like to use large mason jars for the steeping process, however any size or container will do as long you can seal it and it’s made of glass. Plastic and metal can absorb or react negatively with some herbal infusions.

While my infusions are steeping, I place them in a window that gets a lot of sun. I go the extra step by magickally charging raw Rose Quartz and Angel Aura Quartz crystals and put them on top of the jars while they sit. It looks pretty and the infusions get to soak up that last little bit of energy and love.

Don’t forget to shake your infusions at least once a day!

Once you’ve strained and bottled (or jarred) your infusions, remember to date them. Herbal oil and honey infusions are only good for about a month, while some herbal vinegars can last up to a year.

I labeled this herbal vinegar “Happy Herbs” because I had a baby under my feet and I was trying to come up with something to quickly label it with, and it just so happens that it was made with herbs that are known to make us happy.

Whatever you choose to name this, it is lovely as a meat marinade, a bread vinegar, added to soups, or mixed with olive oil for a salad dressing. Mix it into pesto, stir-fries, and sauces.

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Basil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Sage
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Mint
  • 1 small fresh Rosemary sprig
  • 2 small slices fresh Orange
  • 1/8 cup dried Rose Petals
  • 1/8 cup dried Lavender
  • 3 whole cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon Fennel Seed
  • 2 cups White Vinegar

Let herbs steep for two weeks to a month before straining and bottling.

Winter Cold Vinegar

Because my children are young and have questionably high standards for their food, I can’t get them to willingly eat enough of the nutrients that their bodies need to fight off illnesses. This vinegar helps me combat that by allowing me to sneak the immune boosters and nutrients into foods I know they’ll eat, such as chicken (let it marinate for at least twelve hours before cooking) and in their spaghetti sauce.

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Basil
  • 1 small branch fresh Rosemary
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Thyme
  • 3 whole Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground Ginger
  • 1 tablespoon powdered Turmeric

Let herbs steep for two weeks to a month before straining and bottling.

Grateful Goddess Oil

This is an original recipe that I plan to use as a salad dressing, bread oil, and in a recipe for pot roast in the crockpot. If you enjoy texture in your oils, try sprinkling some poppy seeds or sesame seeds in after you’ve added all of the herbs.

  • 1/8 cup dried Basil
  • 1/8 cup dried Sage
  • 1/8 cup dried Rose Petals
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground Ginger
  • 10 whole Cloves
  • 8 whole dried Juniper Berries
  • 1 tablespoon ground Coriander
  • 1/2 tablespoon Celery Seed
  • 2 dried Lemon slices
  • 2 cups Olive Oil

Let herbs steep for up to two weeks before straining and bottling.

Lovely Honey

Infused honeys are a big deal in my family. When it comes to food, we love to spread, dip, and drizzle things. We practically worship sauces and butters and pretty much anything that we think can bring some extra magick to the table. Herbal honeys are on that list.

Because of the Juniper Berries, this honey is sneaky and helps prevent colds and flu. Plus it tastes great stirred into tea and on toast, muffins, and biscuits.

  • 2 tablespoons dried Rose Petals
  • 1 tablespoon dried Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon whole dried Juniper Berries
  • 1 cup of honey

Let herbs steep for up to two weeks before straining and bottling.

Health & Peace Vinegar

For rich, heavy meals that are hard to digest, this is your guy. Marinate meat in it or add it directly to your food while cooking, such as mashed potatoes or roasted vegetables.

The Allspice and Fennel Seed assist with digestion and help decrease stomach issues like cramping, bloating, discomfort, and gas. The Lavender and Rose also work to relax the mind and body, which can bring about a lovely sense of well-being.

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried Lavender
  • 2 tablespoons dried Rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons whole Allspice berries
  • 1/2 tablespoon Fennel Seed
  • 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar

Let herbs steep for up to two weeks before straining and bottling.

Try coming up with your own recipes by first experimenting with what you know and like, and then branching out to try other ingredients and combinations. Do a little research on the health benefits and magickal properties of each plant to find out what will benefit you most instead of simply “what tastes good”.

Very soon, I will be putting together a reference guide post for the basic herbs and spices and their magickal and healthful properties to help you better understand what you’re consuming and working with magickally, so stay tuned!

Happy journeys! 🌙

By Tylyn Fry

Writer • Educator • Herbal Alchemist