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Hedge, Hearth, Green, Kitchen … I’m Confused!

Cottagewitch: A witch who practices her magick and rituals in the home, garden and yard. She studies how to make a magickal home, a witch who practises domestic magick. She studies how to make a magickal home, kitchen and garden. She knows many spells for the home, such as protection or purification spells, and a bit of kitchen and garden magick as well.
  She will probably have a well tended home, yard and garden, and may be the source of many tips on stain removal. A cottagewitch will likely have a garden, with whatever strikes her fancy growing in it, as well as many houseplants. Her home may host various household guardians and spirits.
  Her tools will often revolve around household chores as well as the kitchen and garden, such as besoms, a garden trowel, smudge sticks, a wooden spoon, a cleaning bucket.
  She will have a shrine/altar set up in her home, probably the living room, but may also have one set up in the kitchen and/or garden.
  Her patrons, if she has any, will most likely be deities of the home, hearth, family, agriculture and harvest.
 

Hearthwitch: A witch who practices his magick and rituals in the home, with the household hearth, fire itself, and the family unit as a focal point.
  His home may host various household guardians and spirits. He is often a source of hearth, home and fireside folklore, customs and traditions. He may even add such elements as smithing to his practice. A hearthwitch is a witch who works closely with the elements, especially fire and who may add some shamanic techniques to his practise.
  He knows spells for the home, such as protection or purification spells, and perhaps kitchen magick as well. He studies how to make a magickal home, a witch who practises domestic magick.
  His tools will often revolve around household chores such as besoms, a garden trowel, a hearthstone, a wooden spoon, and fireplace tools.
  He will have a shrine/altar set up in his home, probably on the fireplace mantle or by the stove, but may also have one set up in the kitchen and/or garden.
  His patrons, if any, will likely be deities of the hearth, home, family, fire, smithing and crafting, agriculture and harvest.

  Hedgewitch: A witch who combines many elements of Witchcraft with Shamanism and healing, a witch who bases her practice on the Cunning Arts.
  A hedgewitch studies herbalism, nature, shamanism, healing lore, hearthcraft, nature oriented magick and anything else she may find useful. She will study both magickal and medicinal herbalism.
  Hedgewitches study and practice their rituals and magick anywhere they may, but often prefer to in rural or wild areas when not practicing at home.
  They also tend to live in more rural places, but may not always be able to do so.
  She will have a garden if she can, but prefers to gather plants and magickal materials from the wild. She may know a lot about what grows in the wild, as well as about wildlife and livestock. Her tools will be a mix of different useful items, as well as natural items and shamanic tools.  Such as walking sticks and staffs, rattles, a medicine bag, pruning shears, cooking pots, besoms, and the tools of herbalism such as a mortar and pestle.
  Her shrine/altar can be placed anywhere in her home, garden or yard, and she may have special places set up in her favorite wild places, or a corner of a farmer’s field.
  Her patrons will be deities of nature, the wild, and agriculture, healing, the harvest, shamnism or seerership and the Underworld. 

Greenwitch: A Nature oriented witch. More or less synonymous with Gardenwitch and Wildwitch. This witch can be found in his garden, on a farm, at a local park or in the wild places. A Greenwitch may also focous on animals as an important part of his Nature-based practice. A Greenwitch studies herbalism, gardening, agriculture, animal husbandry and any subject related to Nature that interests him.
He will likely have a garden with whatever strikes his fancy growing in it, as well as many houseplants.
Greenwitches study and practice their rituals and magick anywhere they may, but often prefer to in rural or wild areas when not practicing at home. A Greenwitch will practcie outdoors as often as possible.
Tools used by a Greenwitch will typically be made of natural materials and very practical, such as a garden trowel, a shovel, a walking stick, a watering can and the tools of herbalism such as a mortar and pestle.
His shrine or altar will likley be placed in the garden, yard or some natural place near the home. Though he may have one indoors as well.
His patrons will be deities of nature, the wild, and agriculture, healing, the harvest and animals.

  Wildwitch: A witchcraft tradition that is often synonymous with Greenwitchery, Gardenwitchery or Hedgewitchery, but may focus more on the un-tamed parts of nature, also hunting, fishing and trapping.

  Kitchenwitch: A witch who focuses her Craft on the kitchen and the culinary arts. This “label” has become increasingly popular and is often used synonymous with either Cottagewitch or Hearthwitch.

Gardenwitch: Simular to a Greenwitch, but with the main focus being on gardening, agriculture, horticulture, botany and landscaping.

 

Common themes amongst these practices (or paths if you prefer) include working with and reverence for the Land, blending old customs with a modern life, ancestor veneration, spirit work, low magick … you get the idea.

Such paths of witchcraft are often practiced along side some form of Paganism or heathenism, but not always.

Kitchen Safety

Kitchen Safety

   For those of you who are more experienced in the kitchen, much of this may seem very obvious, but for those who have next to no experience with cooking and hearth craft, a few words of caution can help to avoid a lot of trouble later on. Another thing to think of, is once the kids get old enough to start cooking their own meals, we want to make sure they also know how to work in a kitchen without setting it on fire. You may also have a rather obtuse roommate or live in partner who is clueless in the kitchen. In these cases, it is a good idea to have a list of safety tips and what to do in case of an emergency posted in the kitchen, just in case.

  Have a look through these lists of kitchen and emergency safety tips, and make note of any tips that seem to apply especially to you and your home.

General Kitchen Safety:

  The single most important prevention measure is to read and follow the directions. The directions associated with the operation of the microwave oven and the specific directions associated with heating prepared or packaged foods are equally important.

  Keep things that burn away from the cooking area & appliances in your kitchen. Don't place towels, potholders, pizza boxes, or paper bags on the stove or near hot appliances.

  Clean any grease build-up from the stove, oven & exhaust fan regularly. Cooking grease & oil ignite easily & burn rapidly.

  Avoid reaching over the stove for anything while cooking. Store frequently needed items in other areas of the kitchen.

  Don't store cookies or other "treats" near the stove. It might tempt little children or pets to climb on the stove. Keep young children & pets away from cooking areas entirely.

  Keep pot handles turned inward, out of the reach of children & pets. A pot handle sticking out over the edge of your stove can be bumped in passing.

  Check those cords regularly for frayed or broken spots. Replace damaged cords or appliances.

  Dress for fire safety in the kitchen. Don't wear loosing fitting clothing, like nightgowns & bathrobes while cooking.

  Never leave cooking unattended. If you must leave the kitchen for some reason, turn the heat off & take something with you to remind you that you have something cooking.

  Turn off stoves and appliances promptly when you're finished using them and unplug electrical appliances when they are not in use.

  Never leave food cooking on your stove or in your oven when you leave home and stay in the kitchen whenever anything is cooking.

  Shield yourself from steam when uncovering food, especially microwave servings. Steam can cause serious burns.

  Studies show that 42 percent of the people who have died in cooking fires were asleep. Do not attempt to cook if you have been drinking alcohol or are drowsy.

  Plugging too many kitchen appliances, especially heat producing appliances such as toasters, coffee pots, waffle irons, or electric frying pans into the same electrical outlet or circuit could overload your circuit, overheat, or cause a fire.

  Microwave ovens stay cool, but what's cooked in them can be very hot. Use pot holders when removing food from microwave ovens.

  Heat cooking oil slowly over moderate heat and never leave hot oil unattended.

  Always double check expiry dates

  Wash you hands!!

  Children, pets and kitchens are nOt a good mix. Continuous and adequate supervision of children and animals in the kitchen is of prime importance. As a child's mobility and curiosity increases, appropriate supervision becomes essential.

  Be sure children are old enough to understand the safe use of the microwave oven before allowing them to heat foods. Children under the age of seven may not be able to read and follow directions and are at a higher risk potential than older children. Their height is also an important factor. Some manufacturers do not recommend that their products be heated in a microwave oven. Be sure you follow their recommendations. (For example, some baby foods are not to be heated in a microwave. And jelly-filled donuts can be a major source of mouth burns.)

  Keep children and pets at a safe distance from all hot items by using highchairs, child safety gates, playpens, etc. Create a safe zone for children and any curious pets. Keep them out of the household traffic path and check for their location before moving any hot or heavy item.

  Remove tablecloths and placemats when toddlers and pets are present. They can tug and pull on everything within their reach. Hot or heavy items can be easily pulled on top of them.

  Never give children pots and pans to play with. Children may reach for this "toy" when it contains hot liquid or food.

  An oven door can get hot enough to burn a youngster who might fall or lean against it. It can be particularly dangerous for a child just learning to walk who may use the door for support; the child is often unable to let go before suffering a burn. Keep small children out of the kitchen when the oven is in use.

  Do not allow appliance cords to dangle over the edge of counter tops or tables. Children and pets may pull at them and injure themselves. Or you may catch them unintentionally and pull them off the counter.

  Use caution when handling and cutting thick pieces of meat after heating, especially meats with considerable fat. Spattering of hot fat and meat juices may occur.

  Use a potholder or appropriate utensil to remove lids and coverings from heated containers to prevent steam or contact burns. This also is necessary when removing items that may have been heated or extended periods of time – the container may be hot.

  Replace old potholders; do not use ones that have wear and tear.

  Puncture plastic pouches and plastic wrap covering before heating. This will reduce the risk of a vapour pressure build up and prevent steam burns.

  Put a cut in potato skins or other vegetables to reduce the risk of "bursting" when you cut into it after it is heated.

  Eggs should be removed from the shell before being cooked in the microwave oven. The egg in a shell may explode causing both mechanical and thermal injuries.

  Identify containers, dishes and utensils that are safe for use in the microwave oven. Some items are not "microwave safe" and may become very hot or even burst when heated in the microwave oven.

  When using smooth vessels for heating liquids, place a plastic spoon in the vessel during the heating process. This will prevent the "super heated" phenomenon that may result in liquid spattering and scald burns.

  Check for the presence of metal when reheating some "fast food" items. Aluminium foil, staples in bags, twist-ties, etc. may become very hot and ignite combustible containers.

  Children who are permitted to operate the microwave oven should be tall enough to be able to safely remove items from the oven. One major risk is facial burns, which occur among children whose height puts their face at the level of the heating chamber of the microwave oven.

Emergency Kitchen Safety

  Grease FIRE: Baking soda is the best for a grease fire, open the baking soda box very wide and holding the box tightly, pour/throw the soda at the fire from a distance. Use a lid or bigger pan to smother a small pan fire, wear oven mitts while doing so. Keep the lid on until completely cooled. Do not use water or flour on a grease fire, as it will make the fire bigger. Do not try to carry a burning pan outside or to the sink. You could accidentally spread the fire. Keep a lid, baking soda, or an ABC fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen.

  If the flames do not go out immediately, call the fire department.

  If anything catches fire in your microwave, keep the door closed and turn off or unplug the microwave. Opening the door will only feed oxygen to the fire. Do not use the oven again until it is serviced.

  Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes. This will minimize skin damage and ease the pain. Never apply butter or other grease to a burn. If the burned skin is blistered or charred, see a doctor immediately.

  Stop, drop, and roll: If your clothing catches fire, do not run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames. If someone else's clothes catch fire, push them to the ground and roll them over and over, or smother the flames with a flame-resistant blanket or carpet.

  Have a portable fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it.

  Make sure the smoke detector in your kitchen area is functional. It may be a pain to have it go off if you burn a cake, but it’s better to put up with that than 3rd degree burns.