Recipes as enchantments to boost the immune system, alter your mood, induce sleep and calm, give you energy or focus or simply indulgence and pleasure. The craft of potions, brews, medicinal herbs, beauty elixirs and healing concoctions is a distinctly culinary one. The magic that takes place in the kitchen is one of the most ancient forms of witchcraft. Fantastical recipes imbued with healing powers, intentions of comfort, and nourishment… Turning to plants for medicinal needs, brewing up potions for health and naturel beauty cures, combining special ingredients to optimize each other’s benefits... These are the tools of this modern day witch. And she reside in us all. The ingredients and plants we choose can have powerful effects on the body and mind beyond even sustenance and indulgence, and the culinary witch has the potential to manipulate them to her (or his!) desires. After all, sublimation of the natural world is the true art of the witch.
I am a culinary witch… I have always felt connected to the magical and natural world and had an insatiable passion for cooking. But I also had to pursue this healing path out of necessity. It is a need to treat the symptoms of an incredibly complex chronic illness, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, that comes with innumerable co-morbidities. The condition renders my collagen fragile and unstable. This connective tissue is found in every single organ and system in the body, and nothing goes untouched. Given the vast, fluctuating symptoms, I have experienced what feels like every condition possible. Sever chronic pain (dislocations, muscle, nerve, tendon, joint and bone pain) is the most notable, autonomic dysfunction, digestive issues, respiratory issues, circulatory, heart complications, adrenal dysfunction, a myriad of overlapping auto-immune issues. Don’t feel bad for me, not even for a second. I am happier than I’ve ever been. I am living in Paris (where I moved to from New York after University) in total bliss with my rocker boyfriend who fights right alongside me, and I get to follow my dreams while living between Paris, New York, Normandy, Martha’s Vineyard and Miami.
Adopting this perspective of the witch has helped me to feel empowered and in control of my body. Through studying and experimenting with healing foods and plants in a never ending quest to understand the complexity of the body and treat my symptoms, I have managed to regain control back over my entire life. I will always have this condition, but now I know how to respond to whatever my body throws at me. And even better, I can use my knowledge to help others. Healing and health shouldn't just be a thing of necessity, but imbued with joy, pleasure, and most of all, a sense of magic.
I hope to share my recipes and knowledge to help you feel a little more empowered, healthy, Liberated, and happy. and Your life imbued with more magic.
Because we could really all use more magic in our lives.