There are many, many items that can be found in your local grocery store that you can use for your magickal workings. This is especially useful during the winter months when wildcrafting is not possible or practical, as well as throughout the year when you need something in a pinch. If you are just starting out, an good way to build up your inventory of herbs and supplies is to take a list of things you need with you each time you go to the grocery store and purchase a couple of items off of the list. This way, it won’t break the bank and your supply will steadily grow. Makin’ groceries hoodoo style is not limited to just herbs, however; you can find candles of various kinds including 7 day glass encased candles, mason jars for storage, vinegar, Murphy’s Oil Soap and so forth.
A good example of something you can make from items in the kitchen is New Orleans Lucky Green Rice. All that you need is rice and food coloring. Place the rice in a jar and add a couple of squirts of green food coloring and shake it up while saying Psalm 49 which is considered a Money Psalm.
Psalm 112 (KJV)
Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments.
His descendants shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures forever.
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his strength shall be exalted with honor.
The wickedshall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Some folks add a little shredded money and a tablespoon of Holy Water to the mix for an extra boost but it is not necessary to do so.
Here is a list of some items used in new Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo that can be found at most grocery stores:
ALLSPICE – an ingredient for all good luck charms, gambling mojos and money gris gris; is said to increase business and prosperity.
AMMONIA – cleansing baths and floor washes
BASIL – Used for personal protection baths and a floor sweep for a blessed peaceful family.
BLACK PEPPER—used in revenge, jinxing, protection, and Chase Away work. Use either whole peppercorns or ground pepper . Mix salt, black pepper, red pepper and the tips of nine match heads to dust the tracks of an enemy.
CANDLES – you can find plain household candles to fragrance candles and 7 day glass encased saints candles
CAYENNE PEPPER – hot foot, drive away ingredient
CHAMOIS CLOTH—for tying gris gris bags
CHILI POWDER—hot footing and heating things up
CINNAMON – A staple in all love and money drawing spells, sweeps and baths; heats things up.
CLOVES – Used in money drawing and friends drawing oils and spells
COW TONGUE – stop gossip spells
FLOWERS – offerings to the spirits and saints, altar
HONEY – Used in sweetener spells
KOSHER SALT – good substitute for blessed salt
MASON JARS – storing roots, jar spells
MATCH STICKS—for lighting candles and for quick source of sulphur
MINT – All the mints (spearmint, peppermint) are used to attract good spirits and speed good fortune to the bearer.
NEEDLES—use for sewing doll babies and in bottle spells for crossing and protection.
NUTMEG – is said to bring Good Luck and fortune to those who play games of chance.
OILS—use as base oil for conjure oils.
OREGANO – reportedly to keep away the law and any meddling, troublesome people.
PAPER BAGS – excellent for drying herbs and disposing of spell remains
PLANTS—for potted plant spells
POPPY SEED – use when you have a court case spell to cause confusion and make others “act a fool” in important decisions.
PUMPKINS – offering for Oshun and Chango, container spell
ROSEMARY – An herb to use when the woman wants a gentle but firm “upper hand” in running of the household and to bring good luck and peace to the home.
SALT – the oldest and most relieve upon ingredient for “Keep Away” and “Be Gone” spells and cleansing and protection sweeps, baths.
SWEETENERS – white, brown, confectioner’s sugar, honey, Karo syrup, maple syrup and all other sweeteners like are used to sweeten people to your cause, be it love, a promotion, or quelling conflicts and unpleasant disagreements
THYME – use to increase and protect your money from others trying to jinx
your Good Luck.
VINEGAR – to sour things, used in bottle and container spells. A belief held by slaves was that a concoction made of boiled wasps’ nests and vinegar would help a child learn to walk (Kennedy, 1942).
Excerpt from the Hoodoo Almanac 2012 by Denise Alvarado, Carolina Dean and Alyne Pustanio
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Other articles about New Orleans Voodoo you may find interesting:
The Basics of New Orleans Voodoo: Part 1
The Basics of New Orleans Voodoo Part 2: Africans and Indians
The Basics of New Orleans Voodoo Part 3: Regional Characteristics