Essential oils are distilled or expressed products of naturally aromatic plant material. Lavender essential oil is extracted from lavender, not from a plant which smells like lavender. Additionally, synthetics are not essential oils. But can still be used.
True Essential oils contain the correct ingredients in the correct combinations. Most are non-toxic and are easily assimilated into the body: through the nose and lungs during inhalation, via the skin during massage and by the digestive tract when taken orally. Synthetics should not be used in these ways.
Once you've purchased a few oils, guard them carefully. Essential oils rapidly break down if not properly stored. Their enemies are as follows:
Light. Keep essential oils (which are always sold in dark-glassed bottles) out of sunlight.
Heat. Never place essential oils near heaters, stoves, fireplaces, lit candles or other sources or heat.
Air. Keep them firmly capped and never leave the cap off a bottle for more than a few seconds.
Moisture. The bathroom is the worst place to store essential oils. Keep them in a cool, dry place and they should last for some time.
Essential oils can be added to carrier oils and used to bless candles and added to bath water. They can be drizzled into a heat-proof dish containing water and put atop a heater so that as the water starts to steam the oil fills the air with potent fumes.
BASIL is an excellent accompaniment to spells involving money, peace and harmony.
BENISON has peace spreading properties. Its also good to use in spells aimed at increasing power.
BERGAMOT protects and brings wealth
CEDAR balances, encourages and creates spirituality
CAMOMILE banishes nightmares and generally calms
CINNAMON brings wealth and psychic awareness, purifies as well as can be used in spells where lust in an issue
EUCALYPTUS heals and purifies
GERANIUM spreads happiness and love and is a strong protector.
GRAPEFRUIT sweetens a sour temperament.
GINGER is a sensual oil that brings prosperity and the courage to face up to awkward situations.
JASMINE is another sensual oil that also heightens psychic awareness.
LAVENDER encourages good health and relaxation.
LEMON exudes energy and clear thinking.
LIME cleanses, protects, purifies and encourages fertility.
MAGNOLIA promotes fidelity and is yet another oil to bring psychic awareness.
ORANGE brings good fortune to those who seek it in their magic making.
PATCHOULI is a great energizer not just in physical matters but in financial ones too.
PINE can also bring wealth as well as heal the sick and cleanse the soul.
ROSE spreads love and peace and intensified sexual desire and smiles on new mothers.
SANDLEWOOD encourages meditation and increases sexual attraction.
TANGERINE revitalizes and strengthens.
Remember: these are highly concentrate plant essences. Never drink them. Watch for allergic reactions, and ensure that pets and children don't have access to them.