Pagan Blog Project: N is for Natural Medicine (Food Crafting)

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As someone who absolutely adores natural medicine I predominately employ it through food or as I like to call it food crafting.   The thing which stood out to me and which I was taught when I studied nutrition and food as medicine is that a change in what you eat through what you can consume can clear up 80% of you’re your health problems. Therefore I love to create recipes which have specific purposes in which magick is employed and the use of the vibration of the food is worked with.  I regularly prepare seasonal, high quality and appropriately synchronistic food and drink for the new moon, full moon,  sabbats and special festival days. Since creating recipes for specific emotional and physical health related issues are also a passion of mine I always work that into what I am planning.

A varied and balanced approach to food crafting  using seasonal foods for specific purposes is an act of  magickal working. It can bring harmony to yourself  as the creator, those you share your food with and it  also can fulfill the needs of the body, mind, spirit and emotions of everyone involved in the process – from creation to consumption.  The art of food crafting can connect you to the natural world and can therefore spark creativity within. This can be quite fulfilling spiritually and emotionally, whilst creating something that can manifest or assist in physical and mental healing.

It’s important to remember that whilst preparing food, the way you feel can imbue the recipe with those energies. Be mindful when cooking to keep your intent focused on what you are creating and the feelings you are putting into your work. There is energy in the act of food crafting itself, which is imparted in to the food. It can have an impact on those who partake of it, so remember to be focused on your intention when in the kitchen. Food crafting in anger, haste and with the constant worry that the food will taste awful, as well as not using fresh ingredients, can cause the food to vibrate with chaotic energy resulting in it not tasting the best. There are methods to combat these situations and assist in the act of positive food crafting. Try to buy seasonal ingredients as these will be the freshest available and therefore resonate with a higher vibrational energy. They are also cheaper due to seasonal abundance and this is also good on the finances.

Remember to set some time aside for preparation. Focus in a positive, proactive way whilst working on your recipe and keep the energy around you in line with your intent. This can be accomplished by listening to uplifting music, dancing around the kitchen whilst you cook, singing along, sending love and good vibes into the food. Chanting or praying over the food with the aid of the Gods or guides is a useful tool in magical food preparation. Since food crafting opens you up to self-reflection, sometimes negative or unbalanced thought-forms can creep in. Don’t be too hard on yourself and use it as an opportunity to change your thought patterns. In no time you will find yourself slipping back into positive and proactive mindfulness.  I personally find that when I food craft I fall into a light trance and feel very centered. This allows me to step away from everything else going on in my life and focus completely on the task before me. In moments like this I feel connected to the life force of the food and also the life force of the universe. I personally find this deepens the connection to Deity and brings me great peace and joy.

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All food resonates with energy and this can be used to harness, activate healing or add specific intentional types of vibrations to the person who eats it which then becomes a wonderful and purpose filled magickal act. Traditionally food has always been considered a medicine and it has been used to treat various ailments including depression through the consumption of specific foods. Even though depression is seen primarily as distress of the mind and emotions, it can also be found that it is grounded in a stagnant liver. Therefore, foods that renew the liver are quite appropriate forms of food as medicine. Some of these include: brown rice, cucumber, apples, cabbage, fresh wheat germ, kudzu root and apple cider vinegar.

Bitter foods can also be used when treating some forms of depression as it has a calming effect within the heart. In this case it can assist in clearing out the physical heart with respects to the removal of build up in the arteries. Some of these bitter foods include: alfalfa, chamomile, dandelion root, green tea, gobo (burdock root), melons, berries, oranges and lemons. Other types of food which can have a positive effect on depression include: whole grains and pulses, essential fatty acids such as those contained in deep sea fish, shellfish and flax seed, vitamin B and magnesium rich food such as green leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus), sunflower seeds, olive oil, honey, garlic, onion, ginger, beetroot, dates, peas, apricots, grapes, tomatoes, capsicum, turnips, swede, cherries, peas, pears, plums, prunes and mushrooms.

Herbs that can be combined with food or made as teas are useful in the treatment of depression. Some useful herbs include: fennel, dill, basil, St John’s wort, rosemary, thyme, borage, lemon balm, angelica, clary sage, coriander, liquorice, Siberian ginseng, gingko biloba, kava kava, valerian, cinnamon and the vanilla bean.

Food crafting can stimulate or bring up various effects if you  choose the right ingredients and with that in mind you need to be selective when food combining and focusing on what energies you want to bring in.

© T. Georgitsis 2012 (excerpt of article which appeared in Spirit & Spell February 2012, Issue 2)

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