Mortar and pestle are a set of two simple tools used since the Stone Age to the present day to prepare ingredients or substances by crushing and grinding them into a fine paste or powder in the kitchen, laboratory, and pharmacy. The mortar is characteristically a bowl, typically made of hard wood, metal, ceramic, or hard stone such as granite.
Witches have long been associated with magical plants, potions and brews. One of the old arts of Witchcraft is the use of herbs. The primary tool of this Old-World Witchery is the mortarandpestle set—essential tool when working with Green Wood Magic. The word “Mortar” comes from the Latin word “Mortarium,” which can be loosely translated as “place for pounding.” The word “Pestle” comes from the classical Latin word “Pistillum” meaning “pounder”.