Allium Sativum is a species in the onion genus, Alium. Close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive and rakkyo. Garlic has a history of human use of over 7,000 years. It's native to central Asia, but was known to the ancient Egyptians.
* Single clove garlic (pearl garlic) originated in the Yunnan Province of China.
*The use of garlic in China dates back to 2000 BC. And it was consumed by Ancient Greek and Roman soldiers, sailors, and rural class. According to Pliny the Elder is was also consumed by the African peasantry.
*Greeks placed garlic on piles of stones at crossroads as a supper for Hekate, and it was taken by Egyptians to invoke deities at the taking of oaths.
*Garlic was used during World War I and II as an antiseptic to prevent Gangrene.
*In Iranian countries which celebrate Nowruy (Persian Calendar New Year) garlic is one of the items in a seven-seen table (traditional new year display).
*In Islam it is frowned upon to eat raw garlic before going to mosque.
*In Hinduism and Jainism garlic is thought to stimulate and warm the body.
*In Buddhist traditions garlic (and the other fine pungent spices) is understood to stimulate sexual and aggressive dreams
I get it. As Witches we have a natural reverence for nature and Her creatures. Most of us believe animals possess intelligent spirits and are capable of understanding and connecting with us on a deeply personal level. Many, I dare say all, Witches at least recognize the magical potential and properties present in every animal.
However, a Witch's pet is not synonymous with a Witch's familiar.
Sorry, not sorry.
I always try to honor the turning of the wheel by finding ways to incorporate the current season into my life and bring nature inside. One perfect way is to enjoy all the seasonal foods, and this Pumpkin seed recipe from Half Baked Harvest had me at "chocolate" and "pumpkin seed". I mean, just look at the picture. - Be right back, going to buy all the ingredients right now.
A solitary and experienced Hedge Witch currently residing in Southern Virginia.
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