Tea Offerings: How to Craft Teas for Gods & Goddesses
Who doesn’t enjoy a cup of hot tea to relieve stress and wind down after a long day? Did you know you can craft your own teas for ritual purposes? Did you also know the gods and goddesses enjoy tea witchcraft offerings? In this post, we teach you how to craft teas for your deities!
Why Craft Teas for the Gods?
Just as with any relationship, building a connection with one’s god or goddess is an ongoing routine. It’s a continual ritual of give and take. We give offerings to our gods and goddesses to show them our gratitude and build a bond. Then they bless us in return. The ritual of crafting and brewing teas dates back thousands of years, and at one time our ancestors offered teas to the gods. We can follow in their footsteps and craft teas to please our deities today (not to mention our tummies).
1. Research Traditional Teas
First, think of the culture your god or goddess hails from. Are they a Celtic god from Ireland? A Norse god from Denmark? An ancient Egyptian god? Research traditional teas from that ancient culture online and see what you find. For example, ancient Egyptians enjoyed chamomile tea. This would make a great offering for an Egyptian sun god.
2. Herbs Associated With Your God or Goddess
The next thing to do is research whether your god or goddess already has herbs associated with him/her. If it’s a deity that’s popular with neo-pagans, this information may already be available. A google search for herbs associated with Hecate reveals: almonds, lavender, myrrh, dandelion, hellebore, etc. Off the bat, almons and lavender can be added to teas and are non-toxic (hellebore is TOXIC).
WARNING: Always research herbs before taking internally!!! Many are toxic and/or can interact with medications and other herbal supplements. Consult with your licensed health care provider. Your health is YOUR responsibility!
3. Research Natural & Native Herbs
If you can’t find any traditional teas related to your god or goddess, next you’ll research herbs that grow wild in the region where your god hails from. For example, is your goddess Brigid? Research wild herbs that grow in Ireland. Results might show: clover, borage, buttercup, anjelica, daisy, etc. Make a list, then you’ll need to research whether these plants are indeed edible and are non-toxic. This is especially important if you plan to consume the tea you craft for your god or goddess!
4. Putting It All Together
You have a list of herbs to use in your god or goddess’ tea. Now what? Now it’s time to put it all together! Let’s say I’ve listed chamomile, nettles and roses for my goddess. I can simply throw the ingredients together, pour hot water over it and offer it to her. This works as a tea offering. OR if I want to put extra effort into it, I can make it into an entire ritual which might include prayer during the brewing process, charging in moonlight, and setting it on the altar. How you present your tea offering to your god or goddess is entirely up to you!
5. Drinking Your God/Goddess Tea
You’ve spent all this time putting a special tea offering together for your god or goddess. Should you drink it, too? I find that drinking the tea at the same time of offering it to your god or goddess can be incredibly enlightening. It’s like you’re having a tea party with your god or goddess! Keep your god or goddess’ tea offering separate from your own cup, of course. And leave the tea offering out for your deity for at least a few hours, if not 24 hours total. Don’t drink your god’s tea serving, as this may be considered disrespectful. Pour on the ground when done.