Parsley

Week #2 is dedicated to Parsley with all of its health & magical benefits.

There is a myth that only a witch can grow parsley, but I’ve seen many gardens housing this wonderful herb.  Personally, however, I was never successful with growing parsley until I entered my witchdom :) . Slow time to germination seems to be the issue here.  The seed is coated with a compound inhibiting germination.  Sprouting the seeds (like you do edible sprouts) overcomes this issue. Or just purchase seedlings from the local organic nursery.  Parsley prefers full sun or partial shade, you might be able to grow it in shade, but your plant will be less than satisfactory.  As many herbs, she doesn’t enjoy wet feet, so keep parsley in well-drained, but moist soil.  To get the best production, use an organic fertilizer. As a relative to celery, parsley is a biennial – returning to the garden year after year once established in some areas.  Because she likes temperatures from abou5 50-70 degrees best, parsley doesn’t enjoy my hot summer weather here in Florida & is prone to die as the weather gets hot.  I’m thinking of bringing her into the kitchen as a houseplant, because it’s reported she does well as one.

Brand New Swallowtail

Brand New Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail butterflies use parsley as their host plant, so if you’re interested in visits from this beautiful creature, add some to your garden.

A medicinal herb, long before it was ever used in cooking, parsley is reported to have numerous health benefits.

“The activity of parsley’s volatile oils qualifies it as a “chemoprotective” food, and in particular, a food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens (like the benzopyrenes that are part of cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke).”

Parsley is known to benefit:

  • bad breath due to it’s high chlorophyll content

Parsley is great as a garnish for barbeque, because it helps neutralize some of the carcinogens found in charcoal smoke.  High in Vitamins A, C & K, parsley is great as an antioxidant.  But, if you’re taking blood thinners, talk with your doctor before consuming a lot of parsley.  It’s also a good source of folic acid, which is terrific for heart health & protection against some cancers.

Historically, parsley was used by the Greeks in funeral wreaths (it is known to mask odors) & by the Romans during/after orgies covering the alcohol on their breath.

Bound to Mercury & air, parsley is associated with lust, good luck, communication with the otherworld, protection, purification, fertility, divination, passion, meditation & rituals for the dead.

Try using parsley as one of your herbs in a purification bath.

Parsley has a strong feminine link.  It has been reported to be a powerful aphrodisiac for women.  Recently, I used parsley in a broccoli risotto to test this property…I’ll just say it was a nice evening!
So, the next time you see that parsley garnish on your plate, go ahead & munch away.  Or, put some parsley into your kitchen witch’s cabinet & see what you can cook up!
Wild & Bright Blessings!

~*Rhi*~

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Basil

Basil

Basil

She is my signature herb, so I chose Basil for the 1st of 52 herbs in 52 weeks.

Many varieties of basil exist because it has been around for ages.  Basil is a tender annual, but can be continued indoors when the weather gets cold so you can have this yummy herb all year around if you provide it with care.  Hindu’s regard Sacred Basil as one of their sacred plants. In Florida, we have great difficulty growing the ruffly sweet & ornamental basil, so I usually grow Thai basil or Bush Basil.

Start seeds indoors about 6 weeks before the last spring frost date.  Once all frost danger has passed, you can transplant into the garden in an area of full sun.  In most zones, you can have successive plantings through July.

Begin harvesting when plants are 8 inches tall & before they bloom.  Harvest when the leaves are dry & from the main stem to improve bushiness.  Pinch off flowers as they start to bloom.  Basil can be dried, but tastes better if frozen (blanch leaves & freeze in ice cubes or freeze raw in oil).

Basil infusions are reported to promote digestion & may also help reduce a fever.

A kitchen witch’s dream, basil is so yummy & can be used in pastas, salads, dressings, with tomatoes, in pesto…the options are almost endless.  Here’s what I did last night: Compassionate Eggplant Rollitini

Associated with the planet Mars (Tuesday) & the element of fire, she can be used magically for:

  • Love
  • Wealth & Success
  • Protection
  • Consecration & Purification (tools & sacred spaces)
  • House Blessings
  • Handfasting
  • Exorcism
  • Funerals

“Try sprinkling basil around the bedroom to banish any negative emotions & bad feelings after a lover’s spat.” ~ Herb Magic for Beginners by Ellen Dugan.  Work in a clockwise direction, sprinkling basil in the corners while weaving an appropriate spell.

**Tip** Basil repels many flying insects!  Try putting some on your picnic table – crush the leaves to release the fragrance.

Share what you know about this glorious herb.

Sources:  Your Backyard Herb Garden, Herb Magic for Beginners, To Light a Sacred Flame, The Essential Herb Garden

~~~Remember, all information in these posts are for magick, well being, health promotion, and fun…nothing is designed to diagnose or treat a medical illness.~~~ Just a little legal stuff.

Awaken the Wild Woman

Attending Cheri Shanti’s workshop, Awaken the Wild Woman Within was an amazing experience.  If you ever get a chance to spend time with Cheri, do it!

Wild & Bright Blessings!

*~Rhi~*

Compassionate Eggplant Rolitini

In celebration of my study of Basil, here’s an animal friendly (vegan) version of eggplant rolitini. Yummmy!! I’ll try to post pics of these recipes, but this one got eaten up so fast there wasn’t a chance to get the camera. I’ve added links to some of the uncommon ingredients for you who are new to vegan cooking – these are just my choices, you can pick your own brands.

1 Eggplant sliced thinly lengthwise – salted & rinsed
Flour for dusting
1 cup soy milk
1 T EnerG Egg Replacer (or other egg replacer of your choice)
No stick oil spray (olive oil spray is the yummiest in this)

Filling:
2 cups Macadamia nuts (raw & unsalted preferably) soaked for 1 hour & rinsed
~ 1 cup water
1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
3 T nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt

2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
1/2 cup of shredded vegan mozzarella

Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.

Put flour & breadcrumbs on separate plates. Mix soy milk with egg replacer in a flat pie plate or large bowl.
After salting & rinsing the eggplant slices, dip each slice in the flour, then the soy milk mixture & then the bread crumbs (both sides). Place onto baking sheet in one layer & spray thoroughly with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes (or until browned & soft). Speed bake in a convection oven works wonderfully here, but it’s not necessary.

Mix all of the Filling ingredients except water in a food processor. Add about 1/2 of the water & process, adding water until very smooth. The amount of water used will depend on the strength of your processor. You are looking for a texture that is smooth, but not watery – think ricotta cheese here.

Put about 1/2 cup of marinara sauce into the bottom of an 8×8 baking pan.
Place about 2T of filling onto each eggplant slice & roll up into a log like this . Top with marinara sauce & shredded mozzarella. Spray the top with non-stick spray.

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Serve over pasta with additional sauce if desired.

Enjoy!

~*Rhi*~

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The Magic is in Your Hands

Welcome to VeganWitch’s Journey!

Hello world!

VeganWitch here, a.k.a. ~*Rhi*~ .  I’m a green, eclectic witch-in-learning & thought I needed a spot to muse about my journey.

I’m in my 40′s, pre-crone, I guess, but with crone-leanings.  I have a small & cozy home & organic garden that all my friends call Fairyland (nope, not just the witchy friends!).  The garden grows butterfly & hummingbird plants, herbs for culinary & magickal use, fruits & vegetables & wildflowers.  It is one of my favorite places on earth!  My home is filled with books, art, passion & love + a whole lot of yummy food!

Cooking is one of my favorite past times.  Over the past 3 years, my darling man & I have become vegans, meaning we don’t eat anything that had a face or a mother.  This was a slow journey that started for health reasons & progressed into a life choice based on our love & compassion for all creatures (except those grasshoppers who eat my garden!) & the earth itself.

My topics here will be varied, but mostly:

  • Herbal information – culinary, magickal, wellness
  • Cooking – Vegan & Vegetarian – especially for those who are new to this choice or would like to start
  • Magick in general
  • Energy work (Yoga, Drumming, Meditation, Chakras, etc.)

Plus, whatever hits me as “the thing to post today”.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Everything I post here is about my journey; read it, use it, love it, hate it, delete it, whatever…
  • I’m going to try to post information of use, not just “today I did/felt…”
  • Lots of stuff will be my very own, but some stuff will be from my resources, web, books, teachers, friends, etc.  I promise to link back & credit when it’s due.
  • I’ll try really hard not to violate any copyrights here, if you notice that I’ve crossed this line, PLEASE let me know & I’ll fix it
  • Everything on this page is for magickal, wellness, health promotion & entertainment purposes only – this is NOT a blog designed for medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, etc. of any illness.  Please, please, please…if you need medical care, seek it from a reputable physician or medical provider.

See what you think…leave me some comments (don’t freak if I don’t get back to you right away, I’m a busy witch with a full-time job, friends, family, hobbies, & need some time to chill).  If/as you comment, remember karma…try hard not to attack each other or me in your comments or use them to drive traffic to your website for profit. Remember…I’m a busy witch

One of my 1st projects (& what started this idea) is to study & document 1 herb each week…52 herbs in 52 weeks…wish me luck!

Wild Blessings!

The VeganWitch ~*Rhi*~

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Tofu the Vegan Zombie

Oh my goddess!!! This is hilarious :)

52 Herbs in 52 Weeks

Here’s the challenge:  Can I research & understand 52 Herbs in 52 Weeks?

In my magickal journey I’m getting a bit scattered.  There’s so much to learn!!

I’m a teacher at heart & would love to teach what I love instead of what I am burnt-out in (allopathic, Western medicine…blah…yuck…life-sucking).

So, I’m going to study!  I thought about how best to do this & figured, why not pick 1 herb a week & learn everything I can about it.  It’s history, cultivation, culinary uses, health uses, magical uses.
This week’s herb is Basil

Basil

Basil

Give me a couple of days & I’ll post everything I’ve learned about one of my favorite herbs!

Wild Blessings,

VeganWitch ~*Rhi*~

The Magic is in Your Hands

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