Below is quite literally a witches brew(and a tasty one at that!)
Tea is a magical drink, so why not brew your own? It’s quick and easy to do, not to mention delicious. Teas have been used medicinally and magickally for centuries.
According to Chinese legend, the history of tea began in 2737 B.C.E. when the Emperor Shen Nong, accidentally discovered tea. While boiling water in the garden, a leaf from an overhanging wild tea tree drifted into his pot. And thus tea was born! At least according to Chinese legend. It is said that Shen Nong enjoyed the tea so much it led him to further research the plant leading to the discovery of the plants medical properties. However, upon further research tea has many origins from all over. It is probable that the tea plant originated in regions around southwest China, Tibet, and Northern India. Chinese traders may have traveled throughout these regions often and encountered people chewing tea leaves for medicinal purposes. Now a days though, tea can be made from just about anything so long as its edible. There are so many fascinating combinations and uses it can sometimes even be overwhelming.
May your life be full of prosperity and your stomach always happy. Yes, this is a post about tea but it's also about a bit more. As a magic practitioner and a human interested in a healthy sustainable life I've always had an interest in herbology. Growing up my mother always toured me around her garden, teaching me about all the plants and herbs that she was growing or picking. Reminiscing about the days back on the island when she still lived in the Dominican Republic, regaling me with stories of her childhood and how her abuela used to cure her with everything and anything she could forage or dig out of the ground. Every now and again dropping crumbs of wisdom about how they were used in medicinal potions and sometimes even showing me how to make them.
Funny enough, she and I both have very sensitive stomachs so the recipe I have here for you today is based off the one that I consumed almost daily. A lot of the ingredients here are used to ease stomach pain, gas and nausea with a little twist of my own. Since I have rheumatoid arthritis I added turmeric root for inflammation. This tea is great on cold nights, early mornings and rainy days. You can dress it up with a bit of honey or drink it as is. I tend to brew it with a lot of sugar since sugar curves the nausea. How you brew is entirely up to you!
When I make my own teas, I usually use dried ingredients since they are more readily available and keep a longer shelf life. Todays recipe however uses all fresh ingredients save for the cinnamon sticks. The mint is freshly picked from the garden which is great even just to munch on. If you cannot find turmeric root, because it can be hard to find sometimes, powdered turmeric works just as well.
To create this Prosperity Tea you will need:
~1 large cauldron(pot) with lid and a slotted wooden spoon for stirring
~A fine sieve/strainer or cheesecloth
~A jar or container for storage
~Fresh mint(stalks and all!)This is to ease gas and stomach pain
~Fresh ginger root. To soothe the stomach
~Fresh turmeric root. This is to ease inflammation and is great for arthritis
~Cinnamon sticks. Good for blood sugar fluctuations and upset stomach. Also great for treating morning sickness, however please be careful if you are indeed pregnant. Cinnamon can also be used to treat slow metabolism, and slow digestion.** Do not consume large amounts if you have stomach ulcers.
There are magickal properties for all these ingredients as well, listed above are just some of their medicinal purposes.
Magickally speaking though:
~Cinnamon is very commonly used for money spells and is associated with the element of fire. It is also an herb associated with the Sun and the planet Mars. In spell-craft it can be used as an accelerant especially when it comes to love spells and sex magick.
~Mint is used to break hexes or jinxes when one feels they've been cursed or cast negatively upon. Mint can also be used to gain mental strength during times of difficulty.
~Ginger is to protect from evil but can also be used for love and sexuality. Ginger actually pairs really well with cinnamon since both can be used in success and power spells. Whenever I do prosperity spells like this one I try to use both of them together for extra oomph!
~Turmeric is used for purification magick. Thus using it in a healing remedy works wonders.
And now the moment you've all been waiting for...here is how I make my witches brews:
~Firstly, fill the pot with water leaving an inch or two for your ingredients off the top. Bring to a gentle boil.
~Using kitchen scissors(or a knife) cut your mint into the pot leaving the roots behind.
~Throw in a handful of crystallized ginger, you don’t need much since you’ll have ginger root as well.
~Cut the ginger and turmeric roots into half inch pieces and toss them in. Cutting them will help release the flavors into the water. You could even take it one step further and grate them in using a cheese grater.
~Lower the flame or heat to low-medium to let your brew simmer covered. Make sure you keep an eye on it though because the lid may rattle and sputter tea everywhere if it gets too hot. Stir occasionally.
~You should let simmerIf you see that theres been a drastic change in the level of water add a cup of water to the brew about 20 mins in. Continue to simmer for at least 45 mins-1 hour. Maybe longer depending on how large your cauldron is.
~The last 15 minsthe tea should simmer uncovered. When you get a nice rich color turn off the fire and remove from heat. Stir in your sugar if you please( I add about 1/4 cup for the whole pot but you can add it at each individual serving if you wish).
~Remove from heat. Cover and let sit overnight. In the morning strain the tea into a large jar or multiple containers. You can save the herbs and turn them into a new spell, compost them, eat the leaves, whatever you want!
**Witch tip: pair with a 9 nights money candle spell and drink your prosperity tea for each of the 9 nights (perhaps the next blog post...?)**