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The Power of Magick resides in the Earth, the wind , the water, and in every living being. It is the power of life itself. When you work with herbs and oils you combine your own personal power with that ofthe plant. Through ritual, you give this combined power purpose and direction to bring about change.

When working with oils, rituals can be simple, such as anointing a candle with a single oil and burning the candle as you visualize your desired goal. (See Candle Magick) Or, rituals can be more complex, using several oils blended together, to produce the best results. Oils can be added to water for a ritual bath. They are used in charms and sachets. Stones are rubbed with oils to boost their energies. Or you can bring the power of the oil into you by anointing your body with it. (note: always dilute a true essential oil with a base before applying to the skin) The uses are many, and you can use one method, or all, depending on the Magick you are working.

There are some schools of thought that believe ONLY true pure essential oils should be used in Magick works. The cost of these , however, are prohibitive to many magick users. As a compromise, you can always start with just a few of the more expensive essential oils, using less expensive blends or synthetic oils until you can afford more. Personally, I have had great success using mostly synthetic oils, or by using substitutions. For example, if a recipe calls for oakmoss oil, you can combine vetivert oil with cinnamon oil to approximate the aroma of oakmoss.

The table below lists some of the more common herbs and oils. They are arranged under the type of Magick you are preparing to work. There are others of course, but these are the most common and easiest to find.
Astral Projection benzoin, cinnamon, jasmine, poplar, sandalwood
Courgage allspice, black pepper, dragon's blood, frankincense, geranium, sweet pea, tonka, thyme
Divination Anise, Camphor, Clove, Hibiscus, Meadowsweet, Orange
Exorcism angelica, basil, clove, cumin, frankincense, garlic, horehound, lilac, mistletoe, myrrh, cayenne pepper, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, yarrow
Happiness apple blossom, catnip, hyacinth, lavender, marjoram, meadowsweet, sesame, st. john's wort
Healing/Health allspice, angelica, bay, carnation, cedarwood, cinnamon, coriander, eucalyptus, fennel, honeysuckle, lemon balm, lime, mugwort, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, sassafras, spearmint, thyme, violet
Love apple blossom, apricot, basil, cammile, catnip, chickweed, cinnamon, clove, dill, gardenia, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lotus, marjoram, myrtle, orange, peppermint, rose, sweet pea, tonka, vanilla, vervain, violet, ylang-ylang
Luck allspice, fern, hazel, heather, irish moss, nutmeg, orange, rose, star anise, vetivert, violet
Lust ambergris, cinnamon, clove, ginger, ginseng, hibiscus, olive, parsley, patchouly, peppermint, rosemary, vanilla
Money and Riches allspice, almond, basil, bergamot, camomlle, cedarwood, cinnamon, cinquefoil, clove, dill, ginger, honeysuckle, hyssop, jasmine, myrtle, nutmeg, oakmoss, orange, patchouly, peppermint, pine,sage, vervain
Peace cumin, gardenia, laavender, lilac, magnolia, meadowsweet, pennyroyal, violet
Magickal Power allspice, carnation, dragon's blood, ginger, tangerine, vanilla

 

Prophetic Dreams camphor, cinquefoil, jasmine, marigold, mimosa, rose

 

Protection angelica, anise, basil, bay, bergamot, black pepper, carnation, cinnamon, clove, clover, dill, eucalyptus, fennel, flax, frankincense, heather, honeysuckle, lavender, mandrake, mistletoe, myrrh, patchouly, pennyroyal, rue, sage, sandalwood, valerian, violet
Purification anise, bay, benzoin, camomile, camphor, cinnamon, eucalyptus, frankincense, lavender, lemon, lime, musk, myrrh, parsley, rosemary, tobacco, valerian
Spirituality cinnamon, frankincense, gardena, jasmine, lotus, myrrh, pine, sage, sandalwood



Certain herbs and oils are also associated with each Element. All that exists is composed of one or more of the elemental energies, Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Many plants correspond to the elements, and each element is associated with a Magickal goal. Use Elemental Magick to bring the power of the Element into you work.

EARTH

to promote peace, fertility, money, business success, stability, growth

cypress, fern, honeysuckle, horehound, magnolia, mugwort, oakmoss, patchouly, primrose, vervain, vetivert

WATER

to promote love, healing, peace, compassion, purification, friendship, sleep, dreams

apple blossom, lemon balm, camomile, camphor, cherry, coconut, elder, eucalyptus, gardenia, heather, iris, jasmine, lemon, lilac, lily, lotus, myrrh, peach, rose, spearmint, thyme, vanilla, violet, ylang-ylang

 

FIRE

to promote communication, defensive magick, physical strength, magickal power, courage, purification

allspice, angelica, basil, bay, carnation, cinnamon, clove, coriander, dill, dragon's blood, frankincense, garlic, juniper, lime, marigold, orange, peppermint, rosemary, tobacco

AIR

to promote cmmunication, travel, intellect, divination, freedom, wisdom

acacia , almond, anise, benzoin, bergamot, lavender, lemongrass, mace, marjoram, parsley, peppermint, sage, star anise



BLENDING OILS
Gather together the oils you have decided to use. In a clean glass jar or vial, add about an eighth of a cup of a vegetable oil base, such as safflower, coconut, or olive oil. I personally prefer to use almond oil, as it seems to have a better texture. Unless a recipe you find specifies, feel free to choose your own. Use and eyedropper to add the essential oils in the correct proportion. Swirl the essential oils in the base, do not stir or shake. Be sure to write down the recipe in your Book of Shadows, so you can recreate it later. Store the blended oils in a dark dry place in airtight, dark colored glass bottles. Don't forget to label the bottles.
Here are a few simple oil blend recipes to get you started.
ALTAR BLESSING OIL
  • 1/8 c. almond oil
  • 4 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops myrrh
  • 1 drop cedar

use to anoint your altar
ENERGY OIL
  • 1/8 c. oil base
  • 4 drops orange
  • 2 drops lime
  • 1 drop cardamon

wear when you are feeling rundown
PROSPERITY OIL
  • 1/8 c. oil base
  • 4 drops patchouly
  • 4 drops cypress

wear or use in candle magick to bring money and abundance
PROTECTION OIL
  • 1/8 c. oil base
  • 15 drops lemon oil
  • 6 drops lavender oil
  • 6 drops rose geranium oil
  • 4 drops citronella

anoint yourself before leaving on a journey
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