Eye of Newt

Posted June 20 2013
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

(Shakespeare's Macbeth, 1605)

Ahhh, yes. The infamous words of the Three Witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Eye of newt? Blind worm's sting? Howlet's wing? What are these things and where would a witch get them? I remember, when I use to celebrate/decorate for Halloween, I would try to find the grossest things to put in a bottle and label it with words from Shakespeare's poem. All along I could have just put herbs (Although not as scary) in the bottle because that is what was being referenced, not an actual tongue of dog or lizard's leg!

Using plants and herbs for healing and magical properties has been around for centuries. Even the herbs that we have in our kitchen cupboards, the stuff that we cook with everyday, have healing and magical properties. Since there are so many herbs, and for me its hard to keep track, I keep a written list of what I have taped on the inside of my cupboard. The list shows what magical/physical purposes the herbs hold. I mostly use my herbs in the kitchen, so when cooking I put my intent into whatever it is that I am making. A lot of times it is for protection, healing or prosperity. I am a believer that if a person does not have a specific herb on hand then they can just put their intent into what they do have and it will work just fine.

My list looks like this:

Basil- love, money, protection

Bay- healing, psychic powers, purification & ability to confer strength, protection

Catnip- beauty, love, promotes happiness

Chamomile- sleepaid, love, money, purification

Coriander- healing

Dill- love, protection

Lavender- tranquility & peacefullness, love

Lemon Balm- mood enhancer, love, aphrodisiac

Majoram (oregeno)- protection, money

Mint- money, healing

Mugwort- prophetic dreams

Parsley- protection

Pennyroyal- peace, harmony

Rosemary- remembrance, purfication, protection

Sage- purification, promotes wisdom & clear thoughts

Thyme- promotes good health, healing

Cinnamon- personal protection, healing, passion, female, meditation, stimulate clairvoyance & raise spiritual vibration

Cloves- friendship, love

Flaxseed- money, healing, protection

Garlic- protection

Nutmeg- money, prosperity, luck, protection, breaks hexes, physhic, magical

Ginger- love, money, success, power

Cardamon- lust, love

Hmmm...typing this list out I have realized that I need to update it, there are many other kinds of herbs cramming their way in my cupboard now. I guess it's a good thing I started writing this so I could take it down. I honestly cannot remember where I found this information, I believe multiple sources, but anywhere on the internet it can be found. Just do some research and go with what feels right.

So here is the fun part. The poem I mentioned above? I happened upon a list that gives the “secret” name of an herb! Now when making our potions and stirring our cauldrons we can too sound like the Three Witches of Macbeth. **teehee**(a couple of things may be offensive, apologies in advance if something is)

(Awesome list was found at Witcheslore.com, which also has a list of herbs and magical uses)

Although the list above are not herbs that a person would find in an everyday average kitchen, a person can still use whatever words they like for an herb they are using. The important thing to remember is the intent. Just as long as it is known in the heart of the person doing the magic, whether it be for kitchen witch or other spells outside of cooking, then so mote it be.

Until next time, Blessed Be.