Tool Lore: Mortar & Pestles

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Grinding  Blending • Ritual

Visit our curated collection of beautiful mortar & pestles in the store, including soapstone, cast iron & wooden sets. Mortar & pestles are so useful in Witchcraft!

FOLKLORE

Baba Yaga, a wild Russian forest witch and herbalist, is portrayed as a flying through the air in a mortar and using her pestle as a rudder, sweeping her traces away with a broom

WHAT IS A MORTAR & PESTLE USED FOR? 

Many spells, rituals and incense blends need ingredients to be broken down into smaller particles.
A mortar & pestle is essential for crushing, grounding and blending:
  • Herbs
  • Resins
  • Spices
  • Flowers
  • Seeds
  • Salts (for example, making Black Salt)
  • Berries
  • Roots
  • Fresh botanicals
  • Dried botanicals 
  • Many other ingredients
    It is very satisfying to grind your own ingredients. It is both meditative and ritualistic, and the manual aspect allows you to grind your intentions into the botanicals. It is worth noting that different ingredients require different methods of grinding – it does take practice, and if you are struggling to break down something, definitely search for the best method.

    WANT TO KNOW MORE? 

    Let's have some fun. Here are some spells and rituals that require a mortar & pestle. 

     

    WANT TO GO SHOPPING? 

    Here are some links for some of the ingredients and equipment mentioned. 

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