Large Olive Wood Mortar and Pestle


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This hand carved large olive wood mortar and pestle is functional and beautiful.  Your mortar and pestle is sturdy for regular use.  Use it to grind herbs, roots and resins.  Olive wood is twice as hard as white oak and even harder than purpleheart wood.  Each mortar and pestle has its own character of color and wood grain.  The image presented is a sample and not the specific one that will be sent.

Your mortar and pestle has been sealed with olive oil so it is food safe.  Care is simple, if the wood appears a little dry: apply olive oil, let sit for an hour, then wipe off the excess.  Some mortars and pestles may have slight splits that follow the grain or wood putty that fills in inclusions.  Your pestle will be fine, we were worried ourselves so we tried to split one using a variety of methods and never succeeded. (Though we are not encouraging you to try to break your tools.)

Olive wood
Associations: Masculine – Feminine – Air – Autumnal Equinox
Properties: Beauty – Energy – Peace
Deity: Athena – Irena

An medium olive wood mortar and pestle is a versatile altar tool. In contrast it is both masculine and feminine allowing connection to balanced energies. Second, balance as a tree being a connection between sky and ground or the Cosmic and Earth currents. In addition, it adds a natural touch to the green witch or wizard altar.

Mortar Exterior Dimensions: (minimum)
Width: 7.5″
Height: 3.6″

Mortar Interior Dimensions: (minimum)
Width: 4.6″
Depth: 3″

Pestle Dimensions: (minimum)
Length: 8.75″

The mortar and pestle is a common tool across the ages of the Occult and Metaphysic practitioners. It’s important to realize that they have been found in some form since pre-history. Consequently our magickal ancestors probably used them before the wand. As long as there have been healers and workers of the natural arts, the mortar and pestle have been there, an integral part of magick.

When choosing a mortar and pestle, consider the type of substance you will be grinding.


When grinding flowers, leaves and soft stems choose any material for a mortar and pestle.

Herbaceous hard stems, and roots will require hard woods (like olive wood), hard or soft stone or metal.

Extremely hard roots, barks, and resins are best ground in a hard stone (granite, marble) or metal mortar and pestles like brass, bronze, or iron.

Grind the salts in any mortar and pestle except those made of soft wood like pine or poplar.


Yes, crystals! Pulverizing crystals necessitates a hard stone, or metal mortar and pestle. Wood mortars of any sort will not hold do a good job.

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Additional information

Weight67 oz
Dimensions4.3 × 7.8 × 7.8 in

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