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Simple Magick Series: What's in a Witch's Cupboard?

Updated on June 26, 2015
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Holding a complete fascination with the folkloric witch, Nicole has studied the history and folklore of witchcraft since she was a child.


Are you starting your own witch's cupboard or witch's cabinet? Check out these awesome ideas for what to put in your witchy cupboard. Some are traditional, while others are not-so-traditional, but all are items that witches can keep in their cupboard for various magickal uses and needs.

This is the second installment to my Simple Magick Series, in which I give ideas on how to practice the craft in the simplest and funnest ways.

What do you imagine to be in a witch's cupboard? Potions, voodoo dolls, skulls? Perhaps bottles of dead birds, dead man's toes, eye of newt? Let's find out what exactly is in a modern witch's cupboard, and possibly what will go in yours!


Check out 1MoonMother's amazing witch's cupboard!

Herbs - Tinctures, Teas, and Tonics Oh My!

Nothing seems more appropriate to go into a witch's cupboard than a monstrous collection of herbs...poisonous herbs. Just kidding!

Since the dawn of time, witches have been using herbs in their healing remedies, potions, brews, incenses, cooking and more! If you want to have a real witch's cupboard, you better get yourself a variety of herbs to place in your witchy cupboard. In fact, I would start with collecting herbs before anything a witch's best friends are her herbs.

To begin your herbal collection for your witch's cupboard, try growing or ordering these herbs:

Basil, Peppermint, Lavender, Anise, Sage, Lemon Balm, Mugwort, Blackberry, Chamomile, Parsley, and Dill Weed

The awesome thing about having your witch's cupboard full of herbs is that these herbs can be used for all kinds of various things and used in different forms - teas, tinctures, tonics, infusions, salves, oils, incenses, potions, and even in your daily meals. And of course herbs in your witchy cupboard can also be used for magickal purposes.

My suggestion is that if you can't grow your own herbs for your witchy cupboard, purchase from an organic herb company such as Mountain Rose Herbs or The Green Eyed Owl. Also make sure to put your dried herbs in glass jars with air-tight lids and clearly label them.

Some of my Magickal Books
Some of my Magickal Books | Source

Spell Books and More

In addition to herbs in a witch's cupboard, one might also find a collection of magickal books. Spell books, books of shadows, recipe & cookbooks, and more could be an essential part of any witch's cupboard.

Some of the books that I keep in my witchy cupboard are my three Books of Shadows, which include handwritten pages of: sabbat celebration ideas, tributes to the god and goddess, spiritual poems, my own spells, element correspondences, moon magick, herbal remedies, etc. Some of the spellbooks in my witchy cupboard include books like The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Crone's Book of Magical Words, and The Complete Book of Magic.

If you are a kitchen witch, you might also choose to add your vintage and antique cookbooks (such as cookbooks and recipes passed down through your family) or your own magickal recipes.

Also books about your ancestors' history, books on divination...practically any type of books that you need for quick witchy reference can be placed in your witchy cupboard.


Crystals and Stones

Crystals and stones are items from nature that many natural witches use in their practice. Be it stones collected from nature for free or stones/crystals purchased from a metaphysical shop, these are magickal tools that are also wonderfully kept in a witch's cupboard.

To keep your crystals and stones in your witchy cupboard means that you have the ability to organize them and quickly access them in a pinch. They will also be naturally charged by the other magickal energies emanating from the herbs and books within your witch's cupboard.

Organize your stones and crystals in an organizational box or simply keep them in a velvet bag and in a drawer of your new witchy cupboard. The choice is yours.

Some of the stones and crystals in my witch's cupboard include: coral, emerald, agate, amethyst, seashells, zebra jasper, bloodstone, quartz, and stones gathered from outdoors.

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Just Magickal Stuff!

You can put practically anything you want to in your witch's cupboard. Anything that you feel aids you in your craft, no matter the kind, you can add it to the drawers or cabinet of your cupboard. I also like to keep items of an ancestral nature, including pictures of my ancestors and personal items of my ancestors within my witchy cupboard. You'll want to of course display these items during the Samhain season.

The great thing about having your own witchy cupboard is that you can store all of your magickal items in once place...and you can decorate it to match the seasons!

Other items you might want to include in your witch's cupboard: potions, pictures of deities or magickal people, feathers, poppets, teapots, bottles, jars, decorative items like fairies and flowers, pendulums, runes, tarot cards, ogham sticks, etc.

Make your witchy cupboard your own!

Written and copyright © by Kitty the Dreamer (May Canfield), 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Looks like a real witch used to live here...


© 2012 Nicole Canfield


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  • kittythedreamer profile image

    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Anytime! Let me know how your estate sales go!

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    Ravineyes 5 years ago from Buffalo, NY

    Hi, once again awesome! I like using mugwort in teas for flying lessons....or astral....flying lessons sounds mor fun! Lol I'm looking forward to estate saile-ing an antique cupboard soon. Herbs are growing and you gave me some great ideas, so thank you again!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Phoenix - You're so supportive. Thanks so much for bookmarking and sharing. You're a wonderful hubber and Pagan.

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    What can I say? Another great, informative with engaging photos. I've bookmarked your list of hubs so I can look up your stuff easier. It's a great reference source.

    Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    Nell - I wouldn't expect ANY less. Hehe...mwuahahaha. Oh, carried away with myself. Okay, thanks! Blessings.

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi kitty, I love reading your hubs, it makes me feel right at home! lol! everything you have got here I have in my home! the herbs in bottles, the books and the odds and ends, love it! lol! voted up! cheers nell

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

    rcrumple - VERY GOOD POINT! LOL. They might definitely think twice. Mugwort is also the same herb that has the property of which Absinthe is derived...also known as common wormwood.

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    Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

    Extremely interesting! It might be an idea to keep it by the front door. Any burgler, after seeing it, may think twice about going any farther! Mugwort? That's one I've got to look up. Great Job once again!