Kitchen Witchery: A Cleansing Summer Simmer Pot

Sometimes you just need to clear the air.

It’s been a crazy few months for me. There’ve been a lot of unexpected (and not altogether pleasant) changes at work, a rescue cat with lots of needs, and a fence repair here at Fogvale Cottage that turned into a six month-long, savings-draining renovation.

I’ve felt a need to get back to basics and focus again on my spiritual life and the home that houses it. As a hearth witch, my home is really the center of my practice, so when I’m feeling out of whack, home is always the best place to start.

Simmer pots are more commonly thought of as a nice way to fill the house with the scents of cinnamon, cloves and oranges during the holidays. But they’re a handy tool in a hearth or kitchen witch’s arsenal, allowing you to fill your space with both intention and terrific scents.

Since it’s still summer here (and an unusually hot one), I chose a simmer pot that had cleansing properties as well as a nice, light, summery scent.

Here’s what I chose:

Lemon: For cleansing, removing blockages and spiritual purification.

Rosemary: For purification and removing negativity.

Sea Salt: For cleansing and grounding. I add sea salt to all my magickal simmer pots.

Vanilla: I added some of my homemade vanilla extract, because vanilla bean is used in restoring lost energy. I also wanted to add something I’d made myself; plus, it smells really nice!

2 small lemons, sliced
1 large or two small sprigs of rosemary
A pinch of sea salt
A glug of vanilla extract, preferably homemade (optional)

Put ingredients in a small saucepan, fill with water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower heat to lowest possible setting and simmer for several hours, adding more water as necessary.

Note: I don’t add too much rosemary to this, because it can easily overpower other scents.

Watch the simmer pot carefully and don’t let the water get too low! 


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