Oregano may be an herb you only associate with Italian food, but it has its own spiritual and healing properties that go way beyond pizza. Let's learn more about how to use oregano in witchcraft.
I love the slightly sweet, woodsy scent of oregano, and I'm definitely a big fan of it in tomato sauce or hummus. Did you know that this Mediterranean herb has its own history in bowl healing and magick? Whether you're working with the fresh or dried herb, or even the essential oil, its power goes way beyond the kitchen.
Healing Properties of Oregano
In the realms of healing, oregano is most potent as an antimicrobial agent. It's often used to soothe upper respiratory ailments and can help with tinnitus. These same properties can also aid in balancing bacteria in the digestive system.
The ancient Greeks took advantage of the herb's antimicrobial properties to preserve food. Other ancient Meditarranean cultures used an infusion of oregano leaves to treat a variety of ailments including respiratory issues, arthiris, and fever. Ancient Chinese medicine used it to treat things like heat stroke, jaundice, and vomiting. Around the world and across the centuries, it has been used to fight off a variety of infections.
Today, oregano is called on to soothe a variety of gastrointestinal complaints, so feel free to add it liberally to your food. You can also add some to your tea blend to help with a cold or flu, or any other stuffy nose type situation. Consider it an herbal antibiotic and antiviral.
Oregano should not be used near the eyes or on broken skin. Always consult a physician or professional if you plan to use any herb for healing purposes. While it is edible and often used in food preparation, some people may be allergic, and high doses can have unforeseen side effects.
Magical & Spiritual Properties of Oregano
The Greek root for oregano means joy of the mountains. This herb does carry metaphysical properties of joy, as well as healing, luck, and protection. It is ruled by the planet Venus and the element of air.
It carries feminine energy and has been tied to the zodiac signs of Taurus and Libra. You can also use this herb for creativity, travel, freedom, love, and peace. Call on its air associations in spells for positive communication.
It is said that the scent of oregano helps you forget old lovers. Burn the dried herb or diffuse the essential oil as a post-break up healing spell.
If you need a bit of courage, bathe in an infusion of oregano. This will help you calm your nerves and refocus your thoughts and emotions. Avoid this spell if you are pregnant.
Add dried oregano to a healing tea blend when you have a cold.
Add it to a spell jar or charm bag, giving in whatever corresponding intention you wish to call in.
Keep an oregano plant in the window to bring joy to your home.
Recipes for the Kitchen Witch
Oregano is one of the top selling culinary herbs in the US. While it may be on common use, it's rarely the main flavor in a dish. This delicious herb is a beautiful accompaniment to Italian and Meditarranean cuisines, and with all its healing properties, there's no reason to be shy when sprinkling it into our food.
Here are a few recipes to help you make use of oregano in your kitchen witchcraft.
- Turkish Pide with Chorizo
- Spicy Alfredo Sauce
- Garlic Herb Bread
- Spaghetti Arrabbiata
- Spaghetti & Sausage Meatballs
- Easy Peanut Butter Hummus
- Grilled Chicken Skewers with Chili Mint Yogurt
- Za'atar Potato Salad
- Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Salad
I hope this has inspired you to not only eat more oregano, but to incorporate it into your spiritual practice as well. This joyful herb has been used around the world for centuries, and it will still lend its magic to you today.
How will you use oregano in your witchcraft practice? Let me know in the comments.