Whether you consider yourself a Kitchen Witch, are vaguely interested in Kitchen Magic or just want to bring some good vibes and good smells into your home, simmer pots are an easy, accessible and fun ritual for any time of year!
Simmer pots are easy to create and customise to your liking, so you can make your kitchen a sacred space whenever you want!
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Why Simmer Pots are Magical
Aside from making your house smell divine, simmer pots incorporate all of the natural elements – making it a fun way to bring a connection with nature and the environment to your space.
The first step to creating a simmer pot is to choose the herbs, spices, plants and other foods that will go into your concoction. Below we’ve listed the mystical properties and powers of a variety of ingredients along with example recipes to help you prepare a simmer pot as you start on this journey.
Once you’ve put all of your botanical ingredients in the pot, you will fill the pot 2/3 with water.
The fire element is added when you turn on your stove top burner and start heating up your simmer pot. You’ll want to bring it to gentle simmer so the steam is slowly released into the air over several hours.
The steam from your simmer pot will circulate the scent and magic of your simmer pot throughout your space.
Simmer pots also leverage the magical and mysterious properties of herbs and other plants making it great way to practice kitchen witchcraft even if cooking or baking isn’t really your thing.
Choose your Botanicals
Different simmer pot rituals can be created with different herbs, spices, and foods. Tune into abundance, peace, health, peace – you name it! – depending on what you add to your pot.
Here are some common Botanicals and their associations:
Lavender – Purification, intuition, good luck, calm, peace, balance
Cinnamon – Love, passion, purification, money, success, strength
Clove – Protection, love, clarity, stress relief, truth
Star Anise – Protection, Banish evil, clarity
Oranges – Love, luck, money, happiness
Lemon – Longevity, purification, love, happiness, friendship
Vanilla Bean – Love, passion, strength, intelligence
Rose – Love, invigoration, stimulation
Sage – Wisdom
Verbena/Vervain – Good fortune, healing
Cardamom – Clarity, courage, direction
Pepper – Courage, warding off jealousy
Capers – Romance, fertility
Nutmeg – Health
Ginger – Protection from evil
Bay Laurel – Victory, success
Calendula – Healing, warmth, sunshine
Lemon Grass – Clarity
Lilac – Youth
Marjoram – Peace, harmony, happiness
Mint – Virtue, protection
Oregano – Joy
Success & Confidence
- Orange slices or peels
- Ground Nutmeg
Protection & Clarity
- Lemon slices or peels
- Vanilla extract
Abundance & Wealth
- Fir sprig
- Oranges Slices
Prosperity & Luck
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Vanilla extract
Cleansing & Healing
- Peppermint leaves (fresh or dry)
- Lemon slices
- Bay leaves
- Vanilla extract
- Add your chosen ingredients to a regular sauce pot or get yourself a special pot for your kitchen witch adventures.
- Stock up on dried herbs so you always have what you need to try different rituals.
- Fill the pot two thirds full of water. You can just use water from your kitchen sink.
- Bring the pot to a gentle boil and then turn down the temperature until it is simmering gently – similar to making soup.
- Once the water starts to get low, you can always add more water, allowing the the pot to simmer longer.
Enjoy the pleasant smells permeating the your environment!
Try some of the recipes listed above or develop your own recipes – and Voila! – you’re practising some simple Kitchen Witchery!