Tea, Witchcraft, And Paganism/Polytheism: The Craft Of The Brew

Tea, Witchcraft, And Paganism/Polytheism: The Craft Of The Brew July 8, 2019
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Yes, it took me over a year of having a blog called “Tea Addicted Witch” to actually blog about tea. What can I say, I wanted to be less predictable.

I’m very fond of tea. I have a million teas for pretty much every occasion. I have a tea infuser (well, a few), an electric kettle (virtually unheard of in American households for some obscure reason), and drink it on a regular basis.

There’s the tea I drink because I want tea and it tastes good, there’s the tea I drink because I have a problem and I wanna solve it, and there’s the tea I drink because it’s themed well with a particular magical working, pagan holiday, or deity. Some teas I make myself while others I buy special online.

Some nice tea basics: some teas go very well with nothing added, others taste good with sugar or stevia. Some also do well with milk in them. I enjoy almond or soy milk in various types of black tea along with stevia or sugar, but usually stevia when I can. Green tea I usually drink plain or with lemon. Herbal teas I drink plain or with stevia. Chai is a well known type of tea which literally means tea but refers to a specific type of tea made with Indian spices and taken with milk and sugar. Chai lattes done with soy milk are among my favorite types of tea. I also love T2’s New York Breakfast with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and stevia. There are some rules and conventions that people follow based on what pairs well with which. When in doubt, go with the experts when first tasting and see what you enjoy.

Steeping times will vary according to what type of tea and personal preference. When in doubt, read the packaging and set the timer accordingly. Some teas can be oversteeped without ruining the tea while others will get bitter very quickly.

When getting into “tea for different purposes” besides enjoyment and flavor, you get into tea for the sake of medicinal purposes and of course herbalism–which brings us back to witchcraft and tea. I grew up drinking tea because of my father, who loves both tea and coffee. When I first started drinking herbal tea it confused him, as he sees herbal tea as strictly medicinal. As always, your mileage may vary.

Here are some easily found teas and what you can drink them for:

  • Chamomile: insomnia, sleep aid
  • Lavender: stress, insomnia, anxiety
  • Peppermint: nausea, indigestion, gas, bloating
  • Ginger: indigestion, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting
  • Turmeric: anti-inflammatory
  • Bay leaf: anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, digestive aid, can soothe bowels
  • Dandelion: water retention and bloating, digestion, mild constipation relief
  • Elderflower: coughs, allergies, colds

Certain deities have particular herbs which are sacred to them, but you want to be careful with some of those herbs as not all of them are suitable for consumption and some can’t even be touched without adverse effects. Interestingly, while Hekate is associated mostly with poison herbs also has lavender sacred to her. Lavender is sacred to Hermes, too. Bay laurel is sacred to Apollo and also can be ingested or drank as a tea. If you want to learn basics and need a good starting point, I recommend Cunningham’s book on magical herbs. As always with anything you do, be extremely careful and go with acquiring herbs which are clearly labeled as safe for consumption.

There are many wonderful places online which you can buy teas which have been custom made for different magical purposes and deities. Here are a few good ones:

If you know of any other places online, feel free to recommend them in the comments below! I’m always looking for more places to shop for tea, and you can never have too much.

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  • Astrolotea has good ideas (I made a Sagittarius blend using their Jupiter recipe as inspiration).

    Some of The Art of Tea’s recipes I have used as well.

    A favorite combination of mine, that I managed to put together well, is Chocolate Banana. (I tend to be very experimental…)

    I have also managed to copy POM’s one iced tea that has notes of Rose. (I needed to conjure up a way because buying it all the time, for as much as I like to drink it, was not going to work out well.)

    I am actually putting together a little notebook of my own tea combinations some of which were inspired by reading the ingredients of companies blends. Then when I want to make something fun, I can just go through it and decide.

    Edited to add: Pinterest is also a good place for ideas. I am on there (Carl Gustaf Lindstrom), and there are a lot of ideas for tea recipes.

  • Brigid’sFlamekeeper

    Oh I just love all of this! And it’s an excellent form of self care for these times as well. Great article❤

  • AresMarz

    I am waiting on a shipment from TheForestWitch (https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheForestWitch). Among other things, I got the Persephone and Hades devotional blends. I’m looking forward to checking them out.

  • Hello from a fellow tea addict. I don’t know why more people don’t have an electric kettle, they’re the best! I actually just had to buy a second cold-brew tea pitcher as I drink hibiscus tea by the quart these days. I love it because a) it’s safe to drink while nursing and doesn’t give baby any caffeine, and b) I really feel it’s helped to mellow out my postpartum mood swings. Just a suggestion for other nursing tea lovers 🙂 Thanks for this wonderful article!

  • John B

    Just to be clear, tea isn’t said to have any magical properties, is it? I mean real tea, Camellia Sinensis. I’m skeptical of the whole theme but also open minded about things making sense in different ways.

  • Maybe you should mention that dandelion tea is sometimes called pissabed … just sayin’…

    Also electric kettles are the best. Ours is used several times daily.

  • Trellia

    I love Adagio.com for their fandom teas. The creator of the ‘Ask Frisk and Company’ comic also loves tea and has some wonderful Undertale-inspired blends. (Napstablook, Undyne, and Maverick Chaosdragon are my favorites.) I haven’t tried Moon Goddess Magickal Apothecary’s teas yet, but I love her perfumes and bath salts.

    Two months ago I traveled to Bali and Singapore. I was over the moon about getting tea from Asia, and one of my most important stops was a TWG store. They have a HUGE variety of tea, with all kinds of budgets. (One tea has leaves coated in edible gold!) They also have a restaurant with all kinds of foods infused with tea. I went in the store with a shopping list, which surprised the gentleman helping me out. I brought back six blends, all of which have been tasty.

    Harney & Sons make a lot of wonderful blends. I love their African Autumn rooibos and adore their White Peach Matcha Green.

    I’ve been thinking about trying to create my own blends. I have a natural foods store in town that sells plenty of herbs wholesale…

  • Trellia

    May I ask how you did the Chocolate Banana? I am hypoglycemic and can’t really eat whole bananas anymore, but miss the flavor.

  • I used dehydrated banana chips. I combined those with pu’erh tea (or vanilla black tea), vanilla rooibos, and either sweetened or regular cocoa.

  • Trellia

    Oooh, sounds really good! Thank you so much.

  • Sure 🙂