Cascarilla (kas-kuh-ree-uh) is powered eggshell that can be used in a wide variety of spells and charms. It is especially useful cleansing and protection magick; however, don’t confuse it with the plant of the same name. This wonderfully useful substance is easy to make and use. In fact, it’s so easy to make at home that I don’t see any point in buying it from someone else, though plenty of places sell it. Chicken egg cascarilla is the most common, by far, but theoretically any egg could be used.
Cascarilla is made from eggshells, so it’s not vegan, but with a little effort you can easily make sure it’s cruelty free. Another reason that I simply will not buy cascarilla is that there’s no way to know how the eggs were obtained and how the chickens that created those eggs were treated. If a chicken is tormented in a factory farm, how could that misery not infuse its egg? What energy does that then transfer to your space or magickal workings?
How to Make Cascarilla Powder
Airtight bottle or container
Mortar and pestle
Begin by removing the membrane from the egg shells. Place the eggshells into a mortar and grind with the pestle using circular motions in a sunwise (clockwise) direction. Continue to grind until the egg shells are the desired texture. Store in airtight bottle or container.
Notes & Variations:
These directions work for raw or hard boiled eggs; no special prep is needed. However, the membrane will not come off of the shell if it has dried. If you’re making a large batch, keep the eggshells in water until you are ready to prep them. It’s easier to remove the membrane from one or two eggshells at a time as you naturally cook with them, then make a batch of cascarilla once you have a dozen or so saved up. If you want to save the membrane and use it medicinally, then you should not boil the eggs first.
In terms of texture, most commercially available cascarilla is the consistency of baby powder. You can certainly make yours that way, but I also make it at a very-small-pieces-but-not-quite-powder consistency. You can make either or both depending on your preferences. The powdered cascarilla and tiny cascarilla have different ideal uses that I’ll outline below.
You can make cascarilla with commercially available eggs, but ideally it would be made with the eggs of ‘happy’ chickens. Local chickens that are raised as pets and not food would be perfect, so if you have a neighbor that has pet chickens (or if you do) you’re really in luck. You can also buy free-range pet chicken eggs on Etsy (bonus, they’re blue green); break the eggs apart and soak them in water until the membrane can be peeled away. All that’s ideal, but not always practical, so if you get your eggs from a grocery store, be sure to look for the cruelty-free, hormone-free, and free-range labels.
How to Use Cascarilla Powder
Cascarilla has a multitude of uses in both cleansing and protection magick. It only makes sense that the shell, created to protect what is inside of it, would have applications for protection magick. The cascarilla powder and tiny cascarilla both have different uses as well. I use both, but many people use only cascarilla powder, and that’s completely fine. As always, go with your gut.
Tiny Cascarilla Uses
One of the major ways that I use cascarilla is to protect the house from unwanted energy. For this I use the tiny cascarilla (explained above). After creating your cascarilla, sprinkle it in front of every ‘door’ in your house. I say ‘door’ because, energetically, windows and internal doors are also portals for entry. Sprinkle the cascarilla across every windowsill, doorway, and even internal doors like closet, bedroom, and bathroom doors. For extra protection sprinkle the cascarilla in an inverted V with the pointy end facing the outside. This creates a sort of ‘reverse funnel’ barrier. This can also be done at work if you have an office or cubicle.
When making a protection sachet or charm bag, add tiny cascarilla for extra oomph. You can also sprinkle it in your car, purse, wallet, or carry a small bag of it in your pocket. Replenish when you see it dissipating. I recommend tiny cascarilla for charm bags because the powdered variety can leak out of cloth charm bags.
Cascarilla Powder Uses
Cascarilla powder can be used for cleaning magick simply by dusting your hands with it, similar to how people use gym chalk. You can also take some in your hand and blow it over the space you are cleaning, or dust ritual tools with it using a small brush (a makeup brush works wonderfully for this).
Additionally, cascarilla powder can be used in protection magick, and can be completely invisible. Take some cascarilla powder on your finger and draw a sigil with it on whatever you want to protect: the back of the front door for your home, your book of shadows, your car, or anything that you want protected. You can also use it to draw sigils or runes on a surface before creating a crystal grid. When doing a candle protection spell you can anoint the candle with the cascarilla powder or draw a rule with it. When anointing, remember to do so from the base of the candle up to ‘grow’ the protection energy; if the spell calls for protection from something negative, essentially protection from harm or prevention of something negative, then reverse it. If you’re giving energy anoint up, if you’re taking energy away anoint down.
Cascarilla is an inexpensive, easy to make, and just plain helpful ingredient for protection magick. It also has an old fashioned feel and is just plain logical. I am absolutely thrilled with it and hope that you will be too.