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Interested essential oils for magical purposes? Read on to learn more about these amazing oils and how you can use them in your practice.
Headaches, anxiety, achy joints, stress relief, insomnia; essential oils are touted as a cure-all for virtually everything these days. Homeopaths swear by them and even those who practice and rely on conventional medicine support the use of them to some extent. Essential oils are also believed to possess magical properties.
Essential Oils: An Introduction
Essential oils aren’t new. In fact, they’ve been used for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians cultivated various types of plants specifically for their oils. They used the oils for a variety of reasons; religious ceremonies, cosmetics, and even for embalming. Most notably, the Egyptians used essential oils for medicinal purposes and established the aromatherapy as it is known today.
Following the lead of the ancient Egyptians, cultures around the world began using essential oils. Fast forward to today and people around the world use essential oils for many different reasons; stress relief, increased energy, improved focus, skin soothing, and of course, stress relief.
Essential oils can be diffused into vapor; they’re added to ointments, lotions, and cosmetics; they can be added to baths, and they can be used through a process known as dry evaporation, which involves adding a few drops of an oil to a piece of fabric or a cotton ball and then holding the material near the nose and inhaling it.
The Magical Properties of Essential Oils
While most people are familiar with aromatherapy’s traditional uses, they can also be used in a less conventional (at least to the general public) way. They can be used in magical ritual. Most experienced wiccans are quite familiar with the magical properties that essential oils offer; but, if you’re just beginning to explore the mystical world, the use of essential oils may be completely new to you. In fact, this may be the first time you’re hearing about essential oils in magic.
How Are Essential Oils Used in Magic?
A lot of different ingredients are used in the art of magic. Some of the most common include sugar, garlic, sage, basil, and ginger. Essential oils are usually used as a supplement to these main ingredients. They’re commonly used to anoint tools that are used in rituals, crystals, amulets, and talisman. Some witches even use them to anoint their own physical bodies.
Essential oils are often used to create some of the most basic witchcraft tools; incense, candles, and charms. In the simplest terms, essential oils can be used to enhance pretty much anything magical that you want to do.
Why are Essential Oils Magical?
Essential oils are derived from plants. Highly concentrated oils are extracted from the flowers, leaves, and stems of various types of plants. There are two reasons why essential oils are used as powerful agents in spells and rituals. Firstly, they are comprised of the magical energies of the plants that they are derived from. Because plants are living beings themselves and they have their own living intelligence that are symbiotic with nature, which makes them quite magical. Of course, plants have their own magical properties, and those properties are highly concentrated in the oils.
It’s important to note that when using essential oils for witchcraft, only natural oils should be used. Synthetic oils, while they do have a similar scent to natural oils, they do not have the natural ingredients that botanical oils are derived of.
Secondly, essential oils are magical because of their powerful scent. The sense of smell has a profound impact on the mind, and since essential oils are so robust, they have the power to alter the way the mind thinks.
As an example of the impact that scent has on the mind; picture your favorite smell and how it makes you feel. It likely elevates your mood, eases your stress, and just makes you feel happy.
Types of Magical Essential Oils
So, what type of essential oils can you use in magic? The following is a list of the oils that you are going to add to your kit.
Lavender (Lavndula angustifolia). also known as Lavandula officinalis, is highly regarded for its calming and relaxation qualities. It balances happiness, healing, and love. It’s also protective, promotes sleep, and can improve medication and dream recall.
Lemon (Citrus limonum). Lemon is highly regarded in the magical world for its ability to promote clarity. Additionally, it has rejuvenating qualities and can enhance health and increase energy levels.
Peppermint(Mentha piperita). The aromatic scent of peppermint improves concentration, promotes mental clarity, promotes regeneration, welcomes love, and invites protection. This oil also has antiseptic qualities, so it can be used for cleansing and purification.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). This essential oil is famous for its ability to invoke calmness and improve concentration. In the magical world, it’s also used to promote balance and healing. It’s also used for purification and to improve healing.
Clove (Syzygium aromaticum). The invigorating scent of clove is used in the magical world to boost energy levels, to attract love, and to ward off evil spirits. Clove also has purification powers and is used for ritual cleanses.
Chamomile (Arthemis nobilis). This essential oil is extremely calming. It promotes inner peace, eases rage and heightened sensitivity, and it invites luck and love. It also heightens spiritual awareness and can be a powerful tool in meditation.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii). Perhaps the most ancient of all essential oils, frankincense is used to invoke comfort, improve concentration, aid in visualizations, and increase protection. Additionally, its high purification properties make it beneficial for cleansing rituals.
Improve Your Magic with Essential Oils
If you want to get the most out of your witchcraft, you are definitely going to want to introduce essential oils into your practice. The specific types of oil you use will depend on your objectives.
Make sure to gain an understanding of the magical qualities that each type of essential oil offers to determine which ones will best suit your needs. Here is a book that I recommend as a starter to learning the magical qualities in each oil. As with any magic, most of the best spells are the ones you craft that are close to your heart.