Anyone who grew up in a large family knows the kitchen is the heart of the home. It always seemed like everyone gravitated toward the kitchen in my family. Whether it was a huge family reunion or just my parents and sibling, the kitchen was where we socialized. It didn’t matter who was cooking; it didn’t matter if there was even any food being made. When we gathered together, the kitchen table was always where we congregated. This sense of community can take on a life of its own, leading to rituals and traditions that spring from regular life without thought.
These rituals and traditions often form the basis of a kitchen witch’s practice and the energy that a lively kitchen can harness is nothing to be scoffed at. While some people may look down their noses at the more domestic folk magic done in these settings, this brand of magic holds a deep power that is knitted into the fabric of our lives. After all, there’s nothing more essential to our lives than food and community and our kitchens often provide us with both.
What Is Kitchen Witchcraft?
Maybe you’ve stumbled across this article by chance and you’re wondering what a kitchen witch is.
Let me explain it in simple terms. A kitchen witch is a person who makes magic in their kitchen: in the meals they cook, in the desserts they bake, in the teas they brew, and in any other way they like. Basically, it’s a witch who does most of their practice in the kitchen. Kitchen witchery tends to consist mainly of magical cooking and baking but truly can be any practice or work done hearth-side.
Often practices that revolve around the home are included like household protection spells, herbal remedies for the family, and ancestor work. But, again, a kitchen witch can be anything they want to be and practice any way they choose. There are no set rules.
Kitchen witchcraft is any form of magic done in the kitchen. Most often this magic is made to be eaten. That said, many types of hearth craft can be labeled kitchen witchcraft, from making enchanted herbal poultices to brewing your own magical floor washes. You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to work magic in your kitchen, you can make even relatively simple dishes, drinks, and concoctions magical with small tweaks and adjustments.
If you’re not sure where to begin, start small! Find a recipe that looks manageable to you and give it a go. Cooking is like any skill. It takes time and practice to build the knowledge necessary to do it well. If you’re unsure of your abilities in the kitchen, find a friend who loves to cook and ask them to teach you a few recipes. You’ll build new skills and have a great time with your friend at the same time! Here are a few ideas to get you started making magic in your own kitchen.
Witchy Kitchen Themes
Are you ready to make your kitchen a magical, sacred sanctuary? A place where you feel the most magical and can make magick any time of day? There are many simple ways to add magic to your kitchen space, but if you’d like to do a complete witchy kitchen overhaul, I recommend choosing a decorative theme to start:
- Bohemian theme: Vibrant colors, intricate embroidery, and Moroccan designs entice the hippie witch at heart. This can be as simple as adding pops of bright color to your kitchen with bright appliances, rugs, curtains, and utensils.
- French countryside: some of my ancestors hail from France so this style has always drawn me in big time. Achieve the witchy kitchen French countryside look by toning down the colors in your kitchen to neutrals, with a lot of white and cream, as well as light wooden accents. A vase of fresh flowers adds a nice witchy touch.
- Gothic witchy kitchen: I know a gothic kitchen witch who literally painted her entire kitchen black. You don’t have to go that far (although it looks fantastic), but you can add gothic elements to your witchy kitchen. Towels with skulls or witchy phrases, black appliances and tools, etc.
- Green witch’s kitchen: a green witch’s kitchen might appear more rustic and have a myriad of plants: herbs in pots and hanging from the rafters. Crystals and sun catchers in the kitchen window. Linen kitchen towels and green and earth-tone accents
- Celestial: believe it or not you can buy plates, cups, and bowls with starry designs to achieve a celestial witchy kitchen vibe. Frame a poster of the zodiac and hang it on your kitchen wall. Accents like rugs, appliances, etc. can all have designs with stars, suns, and moons.
- Rustic witchy kitchen: some of the favorite kitchens I’ve ever been in were incredibly rustic feeling. The kitchen table and chairs were solid wood and a little worn down. An antique icebox or pie safe sat in the corners. Jars of herbs, roots, and spices lined the wooden shelves on the walls.
Quick and Cheap Ways to Shift the Vibe in Your Kitchen
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on creating your perfect witchy kitchen. Sometimes it just takes a simple change to shift the vibe and make it feel like a magical cooking sanctuary. Here are some cheap, quick ways to do so:
- Kitchen towels with witchy designs, gothic colors, and a Halloween vibe
- Pretty glassware of different colors (these can serve as chalices for offering cups to the gods and ancestors or as decorations. Look at your local second-hand shops)
- Glass mason jars and canisters: fill these with dried herbs, roots, and spices and set out on the counter or on your kitchen wall shelf for a witchy vibe (find mason jars for cheap at general stores, or second-hand at thrift shops. OR recycle/reuse marinara jars, pickle jars, olive jars, etc.)
- Place a candle and/or incense burner on the counter or on your stove (instant mini-altar!)
- Print out pretty pictures of herbs, food, folk magic, gods and goddesses, your own ancestors, feasts, etc. from online and frame them. Hang them on your kitchen wall (frames you can find for cheap on Amazon, OR reuse frames you already have in the house)
- Take a small pot, a bit of dirt, and a few herb seeds and grow herbs in the sunniest part of your kitchen or hang dried herbs in bundles
- A vase with freshly picked wildflowers, flowers from the store or your garden, OR even fake flowers from the dollar store elevates the mood in any witch’s kitchen
Witchy Kitchen Tools and Appliances
Let’s say you’re on a budget. But you still want to bewitch your kitchen and make it feel magical. Consider the tools and appliances you currently own and use. Are you able to replace any of them with something witchy? For example, simply adding wooden spoons with the elements or witchy sayings literally amplifies the magical vibe in the kitchen. And these are fairly affordable, you can find plenty on Etsy. If you already have wooden spoons, consider carving symbols and sayings in them yourself.
A few of the witchy tools I can’t live without in my kitchen include wooden chopping boards, a mortar, and pestle for grinding herbal concoctions, an old-school tea kettle, a tea diffuser, and a stand mixer. My heavy stockpot has been turned into my cauldron. The key here is this – don’t just think of your kitchen tools and appliances as mundane things. Think of them as magical things – spoons become wands, the oven is your hearth, etc.
Cookbooks and Grimoires for the Witchy Kitchen
I have an entire shelf dedicated to holding my favorite cookbooks, recipes, and kitchen grimoires. If you have any of these, you should treasure them too. In addition, I keep a kitchen grimoire (or Book of Shadows) that consists of herbal magick, magical correspondences, spell recipes, witchcraft history, folklore, and much more. If you don’t have one, consider starting one. You can use a composition book, spiral notebook, a binder with sheet protectors, or even a fancy leather grimoire.
Some of my favorite witchy kitchen cookbooks and references include:
- The Witch’s Feast: A Kitchen Grimoire by Melissa Madara
- Kitchen Witch: Food, Folklore and Fairy Tale by Sarah Robinson
- The Natural Witch’s Cookbook by Lisanna Wallance
- Potions, Elixir and Brews by Anais Alexandre
- The Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
- Witchcraft Cocktails by Julia Halina Hadas
Organization, Purification, and Cleanliness
Truthfully, before you start redecorating, I think it’s super important to declutter, clean, and organize your kitchen space. When we declutter, we allow for fresh positive energy to move in and old stale energy to move out. And when we physically clean our kitchen, we also remove negative energy. Plus it’s just nice to live in a clean, decluttered space. When my kitchen is clean and organized, I feel the freedom to make magick. Instead of worrying about cleaning it. We typically do a deep clean of our kitchen once a season (think Spring/Winter cleaning).
After you’ve cleaned and decluttered your witchy kitchen, we recommend a purification ritual. Smoke cleansing is a popular and effective choice, but you can also make a simmering pot. I like to turn high-vibrational music on during these rituals – Celtic flutes, Norse drumming, meditation music, etc. Use cleansing ingredients like lemons, rosemary, sage, etc in your simmering pot. Then save the remnants of the simmering pot and spray/sprinkle them around the kitchen.
Create A Kitchen Altar
An altar is the first place you should start when working with magic in the kitchen. While the kitchen is a workspace in its own right, having a space set aside for working magic can be useful. The extent to which you pursue this depends entirely on your preferences, the space you have available, and your method of magic working. Some witches set aside a space on their countertop but I like to keep my countertops clear and if you’re in a small space like an apartment, then you won’t want to sacrifice your limited counter space to a full altar. The good news is, there are tons of alternatives.
Wall altars are particularly useful in the kitchen. They can be small shelves or decorations hung on the wall to help you center, invoke, and focus your magic. Many kitchen witches also like to place candles on or near their stovetop to help symbolize the traditional hearth fire.
Those witches who use kitchen witchcraft for nearly all of their magical working may find that their entire kitchen becomes a sort of functional altar after a time, with magical and cooking tools intermingled, their stovetop blessed, and small altar adornments finding their way onto countertops and walls along with the kitchen appliances.
Creating an altar is personal and you don’t have to rush it. Every magical toolbox takes time to create, and this is no exception. You don’t need to rush out to buy new tools or decorations. You may be surprised at how much you already have that can be used in your new magical workspace!
Build A Relationship With Your Food
A kitchen witch uses food as the vehicle for magical intent, because of this, their relationship to that food must go beyond simply fueling the body. Building a relationship with your food takes time, so don’t worry if this doesn’t come naturally at first. You have three opportunities to practice every day!
Begin this process by becoming more mindful when you eat. You don’t have to change what you’re eating or when but showing up and taking the time to enjoy your meals can make a world of difference. This means avoiding the rushed lunch at your desk, the granola bar breakfast on your commute, and the takeout dinner in front of your television. Again, it’s not about what you’re eating but how. Have your granola bars and takeout but have to give yourself time to eat without rushing and don’t fill your time with distractions as you do so. Use real dishes whenever possible.
When you’re eating, try to focus fully on each bite. Feel the textures of your food, pay attention to the flavors, and give yourself space to enjoy the ritual of eating. Wolfing down food so quickly you can hardly taste it won’t get you in touch with the energies and qualities of the food you eat.
If you can’t manage regular, full mealtimes that’s okay. Start by taking time here and there to give yourself brief moments of mindful eating. Be especially focused on the first or last bite of your meal. Take the time to savor that square of dark chocolate after your meal. Really appreciate the complexities of your food, even if only for a moment and whenever you have the time, give yourself that luxurious full meal to sit down and enjoy your food without distraction. Think of this as a form of magical self-care.
You may find that as you get more comfortable with these mealtime rituals, your tastes and food preferences change. This is natural! When we stop eating on autopilot and start to focus on how our food makes us feel we begin to notice those foods that we really enjoy or that make us feel our best. I would also encourage you to start branching out with your eating. Try something new and play around with an ingredient you’ve never tried before. These little explorations will give you all the more ingredients to work magic with.
Herbs and spices are included in nearly every dish we cook (and if you aren’t using many herbs or spices in your cooking, then it’s time to start!). These ingredients have potent flavors and potent energies to match. They can take even the blandest dish and bring it to life in beautiful ways while simultaneously weaving your magical intent into your meal.
If you’re new to using spices and herbs, then I’d suggest you start with a few basics and branch out from there as you get more comfortable pairing flavors and energies together. If you have a few trusty recipes that you love and use all the time, look at what seasonings are included and figure out what uses these spices might have.
If you’re new to using plant magics in your witchcraft, then correspondence lists can be helpful but as you become more experienced, I would recommend moving away from these kinds of cookie-cutter lists and building your own list of correspondences. After all, every witch has their own unique energy! Herbs and spices will often work differently for individual witches simply based on their own energies. For example, while I love the way basil tastes, I don’t love it for magical purposes. Spells done with basil almost always fall flat for me. Figuring out your own quirks and which seasonings produce the best results for you can improve your spellwork greatly.
Kitchen witchcraft relies heavily on herbal magic. This means it’s often a natural companion to green witchcraft and working with genius loci or the spirit of place. While not necessary, growing your own herbs, becoming familiar with the seasonal foods in your area, and learning to work magic hand in hand with the spirits of your kitchen, home, and the town can add depth to your kitchen magic.
If you’re growing your own herbs to use in cooking, keep in mind that not every plant wants to be used for what the generic correspondence lists claim. While bay leaves may be listed as good for protection, your individual bay laurel plant might want to be used for psychic work. If you try to use it for protection, then it will probably not work well. Learning to listen to the spirits of your plants can help with this and when in doubt, trust your intuition. You’re probably far more capable of feeling the innate energy of that plant than you think you are.
Choosing Recipes For Magical Purposes
This is one of my favorite ways to cook up some magic. I’ll choose a primary ingredient for a dish and then build my spell around it. Foods have energy just like our herbs and spices do and they have the advantage of making up the bulk of a recipe.
My grimoire is full of these kinds of recipes. I have magical soups, entrees, pies, and appetizers galore. I would highly suggest keeping track of your own magical culinary experiments so you can build your own recipe grimoire. It never hurts to have a recipe on hand for easy friendship-boosting cookies or a depression-banishing stew that you can whip up in a hurry.
Enchanting Your Cooking Utensils
Consecrating or enchanting your cooking utensils is no different from enchanting your other magical tools. Just because your wooden spoon isn’t made for magic doesn’t mean it can’t be used for it! You can enchant literally anything you use to cook with. I like to keep my wooden spoons, cast-iron pans, kitchen knives, and stove enchanted for magical use but you can use whatever suits your own cooking style. You could enchant your stand mixer, whisks, slow cooker, or can opener. Whatever you choose, just make sure you have a magical purpose for it in mind.
Here are a few ideas for how you can go about making your kitchenware magical. Some are already mentioned above.
- Use a wood burner to burn sigils, magical symbols, words, or your magical name into your wooden spoons.
- Use white chalk to draw a sigil on the bottom of your cast-iron pan before you season it.
- Use your cast iron pan to burn herbs like incense (do this in a well-ventilated area, it can get smoky!)
- Enchant your knives so they stay sharp and avoid your fingers.
- Consecrate your stove to act as your altar and hearth fire.
- Embroider magic into your dishcloths using color magic, sigils, or words.
- Enchant your fruit bowl to prevent fruit from going bad too quickly.
- Enchant your slow cooker to amplify your magical energy while it cooks.