The Hedge Witch’s Charm
When you enter a hedge witch’s cottage, you will feel the magick take hold of you from the moment you step over the threshold. If you are a cowan (a term used by witches to identify non-witches), you may not be able to put your finger on exactly what you are experiencing.
You may simply acknowledge that the space “feels” inviting, and move on without giving it a second thought. If you are more magickally-inclined or, simply, “sensitive” to energies, you will immediately take note of the elements used to cast this spell over hearth and home.
Something delicious is bubbling away on the stove, filling the space with homey and inviting fragrances. Herbs hang from the rafters to dry, and as you look around the place, you realize that magickal herbs are a huge part of the decor.
They seem to pop up everywhere. By the front door are pots of mint, marjoram, and rosemary in terra cotta containers. A live basil plant sits on the kitchen windowsill, and garlic braids hang off in an out-of-the-way corner.
Intuitively, you realize that everything has a purpose. The plants are not just beautiful, living decorations. They serve a function. The mint ensures that love will enter the house. The marjoram and garlic are protective, and the rosemary rids the place of negativity.
The Magical Mint Herb
If you are attempting to make your home inviting to other people, take a page from the hedge witch’s book of shadows and bring your herbs inside as well as growing them in your garden.
One of the very best places to start is with mint. As a Venusian herb, it will naturally bring the loving vibrations into your space.
As any newbie gardener will tell you, mint should always be grown in a pot. If not, it will take over your garden. It’s the rabbit of the plant kingdom.
The benefit to growing mint in containers is that you can transport it wherever you need it in the moment. For a hedge witch, this is a blessing. Of course you should take your mint outside for light, but bring it back in and sit by your front door to invite love into your house.
Mint In The Kitchen
Aside from it’s magickal properties, mint is wonderful to have in your home, because it has a variety of medicinal uses as well. It is, bar none, one of the best home remedies for indigestion, though it does require a lot of mint tea to calm your stomach (between 3 and 5 cups of tea).
It will help alleviate gas and diarrhea, and, perhaps the most well-known medicinal use for this wonderful plant, it will freshen your breath.
As a culinary herb, you will be hard-pressed to find anything better than mint. It will liven up any lamb dish you pair it will. It turns a basic dish gourmet just by its very presence, and, last but certainly not least, a mojito simply isn’t a mojito without some muddled mint. Sometimes even witches need to toss off!