Oils and Potions

 

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Oils are often an essential ingredient within witches ointments and mixtures and can be either bought in the form of essential oils, or mixed in your own home as a herb infused oil.

Here is a small list of common oils, used as ingredients in aromatherapy blends-

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has a stimulating, invigorating, protective scent, that reminds me of pancakes and happy times. It can be worn in a pendant around the neck to bring confidence and strength. The influence of cinnamon’s persuasive and sometimes dominant quality can be worn very lightly for an interview or when a situation calls for it.  It can be very irritating to the skin, even when heavily diluted so be cautious with it on your skin. Cinnamon oil can also be used in order to increase psychic awareness. To aid in bringing money, dab your wallet with a small amount of the oil. It is also used to bring luck. Often used in my home as somewhat of an aphrodisiac.

Lavender

Lavender is a protective, calming scent which balances rampant emotions. It gets most use within baths and massage oils in my home:). Lavender has been used to treat bruises, cuts and abrasions. The soothing scent and its relaxing properties also help with sleep. Lavender is often an ingredient in dream pillows, in order to freshen up a stale dream pillow some lavender oil can be added. Lavender can also be used to scent love letters and love charms to attract men.I anoint my Hekate statuette with Lavender oil.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass opens up psychic senses with its sweet, lemon fragrance. It is also used to cleanse spaces and objects. Often, when I’m cleaning my magical tools, I will use a drop or two in the water as it purifies all negativity. It is fantastic if you are feeling depressed, just burn some on the oil burner to let its uplifting scent drift in the air. It acts as an insecticide and can hep with fever. Never use on skin undiluted.

Tea Tree oil

Tea Tree is the go to healing oil, used for all sorts of skin problems, cuts, abrasions and bites. I would use it in conjunction with skin healing spells.

Make sure that all essential oils are in fact essential oils when you buy them (often the pricey nature of essential oils will let you know the difference). Rose oil is incredibly expensive. In this case and for others, like jasmine, fragrance oils are o.k to use, just ensure they are  made by reputable sources as some fragrance oils contain harmful chemicals.

Always Dilute essential oils in a carrier oil, so as to prevent skin reactions as many oils are too strong for use on skin.

Making Herb infused oils

There are two methods of making an infused oil that I used, depending on how quickly I need the oil.

Short double boiler method:

Place the oil and the herbs in a double boiler. Allow the herbs and oil to heat, but never to burn on continuous low heat for around 2 hours. Stir occasionally to ensure that your oil is being properly infused.

I have used this method with poppy seeds and roses.

Long cold infusion method

The longer method, requires you to put the herbs and the oil in a tightly lidded jar. Ensure that every part of the plant is covered by the oil. Ensure that there is no trapped air in the jar. Tightly seal the jar and leave the jar in a place where it will not be spoiled by heat, room temperature is best. This must be kept for 6 weeks to infuse, before straining out the herbs.Fresh flowers and leaves are perfect for this method, and I have used this to create a moonflower oil which smells absolutely intoxicating.

Potions and Mixtures

Passion and lust oil

2 part rose

2 part jasmine

1 part ylang ylang

1 part moon flower

1 part orange

Mix on a Friday, with the moon either full or waxing.

Soporific potion oil

2 parts lavender

1 part poppy seed

1 part chamomile

Protection oil

1 part cinnamon

1 part lavender

1 part black pepper

1 part rosemary

 

 

  • Posted as part of the 44 Days of Witchery- Day 11- Witchy Tools- Oils

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