Herbalism doesn’t always have to be about tinctures and tablets. My favorite remedies are the ongoing steadiness of kitchen food as medicine. A day in the life of the Kitchen Witch is full of nourishment and magick to soothe and seduce the soul.
Today I enjoyed a nettle urtica dioica infusion, left to brew for 20 minutes. I wild crafted the nettles in South Australia, and they are potent, powerful women’s medicine. When my baby was born last year, I craved it, and drank so much I turned Alice’s poo a very unattractive green. It worked beautifully on getting my iron levels in check after the birth. Now I’m back to having it as an occasional, enjoyable green concoction. Each to their own though. My dear friend said she thought it stank, and was not at all inclined to sup on some. Did I have coffee?
Thursday’s is my throw everything in the pot day, so I made a hearty vegetable casserole, with lentils and quinoa. It was brimming with fresh grown produce; squash, zucchini, kohlrabi, kipfler potatoes…I’d picked a big swath of parsley while gardening at the community plot this morning, so I decided to make some herb dumplings to go on top of the casserole to sop up those lurverly juices. My well-thumbed cooking favorite from Home Economics triumphed again. I adapted the Golden Syrup Dumpling recipe as a base, changing to wholemeal flour and adding finely chopped parsley.
After lunch I had a great glass of goddess nectar. Nashi pears, local apples from Harcourt, a dash of fresh root ginger Zingiber officinale (Wooow, what a belt) and these fantastic carrots, the first of my mums crop for the year. Bit of the nettle infusion left, so I threw that in too. Energy and nature bursting from the glass. Ginger is a great circulatory stimulant, so that should give my pipes a bit of what for. I crafted a fresh plant ginger tincture a few years ago, but personally prefer to throw a knob in my juice when I have them. Sage honey has a wonderful story about ginger if your appetite is wetted for more.
Anyway a hungry household and a six month old baby demands this Kitchen Witches time, so more later.