3 Simmer Pot Recipes for Joy, Protection, and Self-Love

Time to fire up those cauldrons, Witches! In this post we'll explore simmer pots and how you can harness the power of botanic-infused water to work for you in your home. You'll also learn how to write your own recipes to align with your goals.

First off, what exactly is a simmer pot? Simply put it's a pot set to simmer on the stove to gently heat water and botanics. The types of water and herbal components vary based on the end goal. Simple magick to yield powerful results.

Let's get started. A great rule of thumb for spellwork is the type of ingredients you choose to use depends on the intention of your casting. For example, if the intention is general protection, I would choose rain water, rosemary, cinnamon, clove, and star anise.

Choose Your Water

What's the best type of water to use? The following list features general correspondence with a myriad of types of water.

• Creek/Stream Water - Harmony, Purification, and Cleansing.
• Dew Water - Fae work, Love, Beauty, Health and Fertility, as well as Calmness.
• Fog/Mist Water - Creativity and Balance.
• Harbor/Port Water - Abundance, Protection, Banishing, and Encouraging Prosperity
• Ice/Frost Water - Purity, Creativity and, Encouraging Transformation.
• Lake Water - Instill Peace, Happiness, and Contentment.
• Moon Water - Purifying, Cleansing, and Balancing
• Pond Water - Relaxation and Self-Reflection.
• Rain Water - Growth, Protection, and Change.
• River Water - Creating Changes, Moving On and Letting Go of Negativity, Warding, and Focusing Energy.
• Sea Water - Healing, Cleansing, Protection, and Banishing.
• Snow Water - New Beginnings, Purity, and Encouraging Transformation.
• Storm Water - Strength, Emotional Strength, Motivation, Force, and Curses.
• Sun Water - Encourage Strength, Positive Energy, and Purification.
• Swamp Water - Banishing and Binding.
• Waterfall Water - Create Power, Success, and Energy.
• Well Water - Empower Wishes, Healing, and Strengthening Intuition.

If the above does not resonate with you, there is always the option of programming your own water. A simple method for this is taking a sheet of paper, writing intentions or power words, and then setting it under a container of water for 12-36 hours. Another way to program water is to set intentions through speaking to it. Sit quietly while holding a container of water, visualize your intended end result, and speak the affirmations into it.

Choose Your Botanica


Once you've chosen the type of water, it's time to line up your herbs. Just like the waters above have multiple correspondence and qualities, botanica also has numerous magickal connections. In fact, too many to cover here in one blog post. But here's a list of basic herbs you may wish to choose for your simmer pot recipe:

• Rosemary - Protection, Clarity, Purification, Love, Lust, Mental Ability, Exorcism, Healing, Cleansing
• Lavender - Purification, Intuition, Dreamwork, Good Luck, Calm, Peace, Balance, Clairvoyance, Beauty
• Peppermint - Good Luck, Positive Thinking, Prosperity, Psychic Stimulant, Passion, Energy Cleanser
• Cinnamon - Love, Passion, Purification, Money, Attract Success, Strength, Good Luck
• Clove - Protection, Exorcism, Love, Clarity, Abundance, Repels Negativity, Prevents Gossip, Stress Relief, Truth, Money
• Star Anise - Meditation, Protection, Clairvoyance, Luck, Banish Evil, Clarity, Prophetic Visions
• Orange - Love, Divination, Luck, Money, Happiness
• Lemon - Longevity, Purification, Love, Happiness, Friendship
• Vanilla Bean - Love, Lust, Passion, Restoring Lost Energy, Increase Energy, Strengthen Mental Abilities
• Rose - Love, Psychic Awareness, Purification, Invigorates and Stimulates

Now the How

Now that the ingredients are sorted, it's time to make magick. How I go about my simmer pots is to set my pot on a burner and pour in my water. I wait to turn on the heat, letting the water settle, and then visualizing my intentions coming to fruition. Then one by one, I add in the botanics.

With each ingredient I say out loud, "With (insert name of botanic) comes purification." Once all of the ingredients have been added, I take a utensil to stir everything with. I stir clockwise to promote or bring in things and counterclockwise to banish or decrease things. I turn the heat on simmer and allow my potion to permeate my home all day long. I like to start these in the morning and let them go to promote my intentions for the longest time possible.

How Much Water and How Much Botanica to Use

An unwritten rule to follow here is enough water to fill your pot two-thirds up. As for the botanica, equal parts for everything.

One thing that makes Simmer Pot Spells so easy is the ability to eyeball everything. Pretty simple, huh? Choose your water, choose your botanics, add to the pot, infuse with your magick, stir, turn on the heat, and let it go.

3 Simmer Pot Recipes to Get You Started

If you're not ready to start coming up with recipes on your own, here are three simmer pot spells to get you started!

JOYFUL SIMMER POT RECIPE


Use this recipe when you're feeling low or an argument has occurred in your space.

Water:

River Water

Sea Water

Creek/Stream Water

Or your own programmed water

Herbs & Botanica:

Fresh Lemon Slices and Orange Slices for happiness

Red Rose to soften your heart

Lavender for peace

Method:

  • Fill your pot two-thirds full with your chosen water and allow it to settle
  • For each ingredient, say out loud, "With (insert name of botanic) comes (insert magickal correspondence)" and add to your vessel
  • Repeat for each ingredient until everything has been added
  • Take your chosen utensil and stir clockwise to promote joy and bring in happiness
  • Set the heat to simmer and allow the spell to work for as long as you'd like

PROTECTION SIMMER POT RECIPE


Use this recipe for psychic and mental protection. It's also great after spending time with others who drain you.

Water:

Rain Water

Sea Water

Harbor/Port

Or your own programmed water


Herbs & Botanica:

Rosemary for purification and protection

Angelica for protection against negative energy while attracting positivity

Bay Leaf for enhancing mental prowess

Method:

  • Fill your pot two-thirds full with your chosen water and allow it to settle
  • For each ingredient, say out loud, "With (insert name of botanic) comes (insert magickal correspondence)" and add to your vessel
  • Repeat for each ingredient until everything has been added
  • Take your chosen utensil and stir counterclockwise to banish negativity and vulnerability
  • Set the heat to simmer and allow the spell to work for as long as you'd like

SELF-LOVE SIMMER POT RECIPE


Use this recipe to fortify the bonds of love you have with yourself! Perfect for a self-care day.

Water:

Dew Water (you can collect a small amount and infuse it into other water)

Pond Water

Or your own programmed water


Herbs & Botanica:

Pink Rose for connecting with yourself emotionally

Vanilla Bean (may substitute vanilla extract) for inspiration

Jasmine Flower for relaxation

Method:

  • Fill your pot two-thirds full with your chosen water and allow it to settle
  • For each ingredient, say out loud, "With (insert name of botanic) comes (insert magickal correspondence)" and add to your vessel
  • Repeat for each ingredient until everything has been added
  • Take your chosen utensil and stir clockwise to bring love in
  • Set the heat to simmer and allow the spell to work for as long as you'd like

In conclusion...

Simmer pot spells are wonderful for stimulating your creativity when coming up with the recipe. Easy to do and effective, I hope you enjoy testing the waters and finding something that works for your craft!

***Take care when working with heat and cutting herbs. Even though these pot spells are kept over low heat on simmer, be sure to keep an eye on it for safety reasons. Candle Cross Coven is not responsible for any loss, injuries, or any other detriment from usage of this website***

2 comments

  • Hi Jordynn! This is an excellent question. Anything that falls under the category of organic substance, like plants and herbs in a simmer pot, are considered non-reusable. When you think about it, their energy gets tapped when asked to perform in our spell casting. Once they serve their purpose, it’s best practice to surrender the remains where they belong. Mother Earth is magick incarnate. She absorbs and then has the ability to recycle everything. This includes matter and energy that holds bleak and volatile spirit. A reliable method for disposing spellwork remains is to simply bury them in the ground. If this is impossible due to the nature of your living space, this can be remedied by using a compact compost bin. After burying your castoffs in open soil or added to a compost bin, it’s imperative to meditate its transformation. Start and end your hallowed work with gratitude. It’s also good practice to leave a token of thanks as well. These tokens could be items that local wildlife can consume like blessed water. Just take care to not give anything to nature that will harm the ecosystem.

    “But what’s the difference if I bury remains or just throw them in the trash?”

    The difference is you could be throwing your remnants away without respect and ritual. That in turn leaves your workings incomplete, even after you feel like the work was finished . Disposal, as you may have guessed , is an important step in the process of practicing magick. This isn’t to say that you cannot use your kitchen wastebasket to toss your simmer pot leftovers, because you can. You just have to make sure your subconscious recognizes the action in the same way that it does when you bury remains in open soil. To do this, visualize the reverence you would feel as if you were resigning your offerings to the Earth itself versus your garbage can. Make it sacred.

    It’s very important to note that these instructions apply to organic material. For spell ingredients like candle wax, fabric, etc. the disposal process is different. Hope this helps!

    Pie Quirk
  • What is the best way to dispose or treat the simmer pot after it has done its affect?

    Jordynn Handlin

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