Kitchen Magic

Simmer Pot Ritual: The Art of Kitchen Witchcraft


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!

iron pots for simmer pot rituals and kitchen witchcraft
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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.

pretty green plant growing from the earth


Once you’ve put all of your botanical ingredients in the pot, you will fill the pot 2/3 with water.

boiling 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.

simmer pot over a fire


The steam from your simmer pot will circulate the scent and magic of your simmer pot throughout your space.

simmering pot on stove

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.

clear glass jars with simmer pot ingredients for Kitchen Witchcraft

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

  • Cranberries
  • Orange slices or peels
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Nutmeg
cranberries growing on vine

Protection & Clarity

  • Lemon slices or peels
  • Rosemary
  • Cloves
  • Vanilla extract

Abundance & Wealth

  • Fir sprig
  • Cloves
  • Oranges Slices
Fir sprig plant

Prosperity & Luck

  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract

Cleansing & Healing

  • Peppermint leaves (fresh or dry)
  • Lemon slices
  • Bay leaves
  • Vanilla extract
bay leaves from jar poured on table


  • 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!

Learn more about Kitchen Witchcraft

Kitchen Witchery: Unlocking the Magick in Everyday Ingredients

Tea & Kitchen Witchcraft: Unlock ALL the Power of Everyday Ingredients

The Book of Kitchen Witchery: Spells, recipes, and rituals

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