Cascarilla – The Real Magick White Powder !

Cascarilla – The Real Magick White Powder ! January 23, 2021

Cascarilla photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Cascarilla is the real magickal white powder used in African Traditional Religions. In my post How to Use Cascarilla I talk about how this ingredient “commonly pronounced kas-kah-REE-yah, is a powerful protection ingredient used in La Regla Lucumi, more widely known as Santeria. Originally the substance was made from the powdered bark of the Croton Eleuteria, which is also known as Sweetwood Bark and Bahama Cascarilla. Medically that plant was used as a tonic, an expectorant, to stop excessive farting, and also for “nocturnal pollutions.'” Some say that energetically this plant differs from the crushed eggshell in use now. For convenience sake the stuff used in ritual now is made from powdered eggshells which have been pressed into small cakes or blocks. These tiny cascarilla cakes are used before, during, and sometimes even after any ritual working, and could certainly be considered a necessary part of the traditions. Used in both Hoodoo and La Regla Lucumi (Santeria,) the ingredient is readily available in botanicas and from several sources online. There are also several recipes for making your own out of discarded eggshells, here’s an interesting one from

One of my favorite ways to use this is for protection. Cascarilla is used in ritual with devotees making a cross with the substance on their hands, knees, feet, and other parts of the body. Similarly you can also use this to make protective symbols on your doors, windows, and other places to protect your home. One tried and true spell is to cover a fresh coconut (with milk inside) in cascarilla and kick it around your home and out the front door to cleanse negativity. This is an old favorite. The substance can also be used as an offering for the Orisha Obatala, ,and is representative of the ashe of purity and calm.

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About Lilith Dorsey
Lilith Dorsey M.A. , hails from many magickal traditions, including Afro-Caribbean, Celtic, and Indigenous American spirituality. Their traditional education focused on Plant Science, Anthropology, and Film at the University of R.I, New York University, and the University of London, and their magickal training includes numerous initiations in Santeria also known as Lucumi, Haitian Vodoun, and New Orleans Voodoo. Lilith Dorsey is also a Voodoo Priestess and in that capacity has been doing successful magick since 1991 for patrons, is editor/publisher of Oshun-African Magickal Quarterly, filmmaker of the experimental documentary Bodies of Water :Voodoo Identity and Tranceformation,’ and choreographer/performer for jazz legend Dr. John’s “Night Tripper” Voodoo Show. They have long been committed to providing accurate and respectful information about the African Traditional Religions and are proud to be a published Black author of such titles as Voodoo and Afro-Caribbean Paganism, 55 Ways to Connect to Goddess, The African-American Ritual Cookbook, Love Magic, Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens, and the newly released Water Magic. You can read more about the author here.

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