Oils are an easy way of using plants and herbs in magical workings, particularly when space is at a premium. Below are some oils that we think should be part of every magical practitioner’s way of working. All of them are simple to acquire and, if stored according to directions, will last for some time even though the initial expense may seem to be prohibitive.
CINNAMON With its warm vibration, it brings love from higher realms, transforming sadness into happiness.
CLARY SAGE lifts the spirit and links with eternal wisdom. teaching us to be content with what we have, and that most problems arise in our imagination.
FRANKINCENSE holds some of the wisdom of the universe. Able to cleanse the most negative of influences, it works far beyond the auric field, affecting the very subtle realms of energy and adapting the spiritual state. Frankincense is sometimes called olibanum.
GERANIUM resonates with Mother Earth and all that is feminine. It
comforts, opens our hearts and heals pain.. It typifies the archetypal energy of Goddess culture. Its energy is transformational and as such it must always be used with respect.
JASMINE provides us with access to a greater understanding of the spirit. It
is said that jasmine brings the angelic kingdom within our reach. It gives understanding and acceptance of the true meaning of spirituality. LAVENDER is caring and nurturing. It will not allow negative emotion to remain present, bringing about healing by allowing the heavenly energies close to the physical.
MYRRH brings realization that we no longer need to carry our burdens,
releasing them from deep within, allowing us to let go when the time is right. When combined with other oils, it enhances – and is enhanced by – them.
NEROLI is one of the most precious essential oils, its vibration being one of
the highest. It brings self-recognition because it allows development of a new perspective, allowing us to develop unconditional love.
NUTMEG When the spirit is affected by disappointment, spiritual pain and displacement, nutmeg works to bring hopes, dreams and prayers back into focus.
ROSE ABSOLUT Said to be the perfume of the guardians or messengers who guide us in times of need, it is a fragrance which allows us to access the Divine mysteries. It is associated with the true needs of the human heart.
ROSEMARY reminds us of our purpose and of our own spiritual journey
and encourages confidence and clarity of purpose. It cleanses the aura.
SANDALWOOD allows us to make contact with divine beings and brings
us into balance with the cosmos. It clarifies our strength of conviction.
YLANG YLANG It balances the spirit so that we can be open to pleasures of the physical realm while still appreciating spiritual passions. Used magically, it achieves a balanced manifestation.
Of course, there are hunderds more oils, and I am happy to tell you about any other oil you desire. Just ask me in the comments below.
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For spells of love, you can use Rosa De La Fortuna (Rose of the Fortune) oil
As well as making use of herbs as plants, decorations and for healing, witches most important use in magic was – and still is – in incense. Incense symbolizes the Element Air and the spiritual realms and has been part of ritual use by occultists and priests alike for thousands of years. Granular incense, with its basis of resins and gums, sweet-smelling woods and herbs is nowadays usually preferred for magical workings or ritual worship. It has a magic all of its own. For this reason a good incense burner will be one of your most important tools. You should choose this carefully, and not just for its aesthetic sense, because it is vital that the incense is allowed to burn properly
Egypt became especially renowned for its high standard of blending and the use of ritual incense. There was a particular class of incense called Khyphi.
Kyphi is a compound incense that was used in Ancient Egypt for religious and medical purposes.
It required magical techniques and the finest ingredients for its manufacture. Some incense were mind-altering and could produce trance-like states in users.
For short spells, joss-sticks work very well, though they are not to everyone’s taste.
Dhoop, or incense cones as they are known, are another way of using the same material.
By far the best method is to burn the granular type on a charcoal disc which is lit and placed in a fireproof receptacle. The incense is then piled onto the concave surface and allowed to do its work. You should dispose of the discs very carefully, dousing them with water and ensuring they are no longer hot.
Two witches discuss various options for burning incense on a charcoal disc
Blonde Gypsy & BWS catch up in Sydney Australia, and talk about the fun of charcoal burning. Blonde Gypsy talks about a few of her favorite love and divination herbs to use…..right now. We each have our own way of creating spells and magick. I shared this video so you can feel comfortable in knowing every witch, gypsy, or pagan has their own way – and each method is correct!
You might like to bury what remains of the incense as an offering to the Earth.
Many of the herbs we have already encountered are suitable for incense, if you wish to make your own. You should choose your correspondences carefully, according to your spell. You will soon find out through experimentation what works for you.
When blending your own granular incense it is important to use a pestle and mortar to grind and mix all the ingredients together properly.
You may wish to consecrate your pestle and mortar first.
Granular incense usually consists of a base of incense gums to which are added the woods and herbs of choice before the mixture is blended using fragrant oils.
Blending granular incense
•When blending, first grind the gum resins (such as gum Arabic or benzoin) until the granules are like granulated sugar.
• Then add the woods, herbs and spices, all of which should have been finely ground and thoroughly blended together.
• Add the essential oils a drop at a time and mix well. The blending of the incense is an important part of the process, both from the perspective of the synergy of the ingredients and the personal energy you add to the incense.
• At this point you might like to dedicate the incense to the purpose intended,
saying perhaps simply:
I dedicate this incense to be used in [name spell]
•Place the incense mixture in a strong polythene bag (so that it retains its
pungency) then put it into a clean jar with a screw top lid.
• Do not use for at least 24 hours to enable the perfumes and qualities to blend properly.
• Don’t forget to label the jar, noting the ingredients and the date you made
the blend. It is also a good idea to note the intention or purpose for which the incense is made.
• Make your incense in small quantities so that it does not lose its potency.
When making your incense you may like to follow the example of herbalists of old, who gathered their herbs in tune with the cycles of life and planetary correspondences. Even though you may have to use bought herbs, the more you are able to work with the correspondences and think about timing the more effective your spells or rituals will be.
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Cypress oil is a very good oil for combating grief or helping with difficult transitions between one life style to another.
It’s a useful oil to anoint pink candles with, if you are performing magic to help heal an other.
Cypress also offers good psychic protection, so carry a few drops on a tissue in your pocket if you feel you are venturing into situations where you will come under psychic attack or you feel your reserves will be depleted by severe negative energy. Inhale the fragrance frequently to fortify your reserves.
Home Healing Uses with Cypress:
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Give to your cat to create a psychic bond between the two of you.
Use in love sachets with rose petals.
Attracts good spirits and great luck.
Used in beauty and happiness spells.
Large pressed leaves are used for bookmarks in magickal texts.
Mix with dragon’s blood in an incense to rid oneself of bad habits or behavioral problems.
Remember that concentrating on your intentions when crafting magickal items imbues that piece with the magick.
Catnip is also used in love spells, often as an ingredient in mojo bags or candle magick. Just as the cat finds this herb intoxicating and irresistible, so will the one you target in love magick, using catnip to draw them to you.
If you hold catnip in your hand until it is warm, then hold anyone else’s hand, they will forever be your friend, as long as you keep the catnip you used for the spell in some safe place.
Grown near the home or hung over the door, catnip attracts good spirits and great luck.
Catnip is also used in spells designed to enhance beauty
Who does love the herb Basil? It smells great. It tastes great. It is easy to grow. And cheap to buy. But it also has amazing magical properties.
Basil has strong ties to money, love, flying, and protection. It is said that if you lay a spring of basil in someone’s hand you can tell if they are promiscuous or virtuous. If the spring withers immediately the person is promiscuous.
Basil is also said to bring lovers together and sooth tempers. It is used in a variety of love divination and love spells. Rubbing Basil on the skin is said to act as an instant “Love Perfume”. Oh la la!!
Basil is also used to attract customers to a place of business, and money to your wallet… or for modern purposes, your bank account. It is sprinkled around the home for protection, and said to be the juice of choice. Witches would drink fresh Basil juice before they would fly.
Basil grown in a shop is said to reflect the health of the business. If the Basil is well cared for and grows, the business will also grow and profit. It is also said that when Basil is hung above a shop keeper’s door it will attract good fortune to their place of business.
Used for Centuries Around The World
Basil, once believed by the Greeks to have the power to aid in divination, once was used as a means to detect witches. One of the more popular methods employed by the ancient Greeks was to simply name out suspected witches while Basil was being burned. When it made a crackling sound as a name was called, it suggested who was practicing witchcraft.
The ancient Hebrews used Basil for courage and strength while other middle eastern cultures used it as an herb of mourning.
The ancient Roman’s, however, had quite a different take on Basil. The Romans used Basil as a means to curse their enemies. One of their rituals was to curse their enemies as they sowed the seeds. They believed that the more you mistreated the herb, the better it would grow. To ensure a good crop, one was to curse the herb and pray to the gods that the herb would not grow.
In India, on the other hand, both Basil and Holy Basil have is associations to Vishnu and Krishna. It is considered to be a sacred herb and is kept in the home to protect against Evil. It is also believed to have wonderful healing properties. Not only is basil used for it’s medicinal properties, it is commonly prayed to.
When it comes to love, Basil also served many purposes. A husband could find out if his wife was unfaithful by having her hold a sprig of basil. If the leaves shriveled, the woman was believed to have been unfaithful. Another common belief maintained that if you smelled basil, you would attract a new lover.
And another popular myth that suggested if a young maiden wanted a husband, she merely had to plant some basil and in a years times a new suitor would show up.
In Santeria, Basil can be for purification and luck baths. It is also widely used as a fumigating herb, known to remove spirits from a home. Mixed with passion flower, it can be made into a powerful cleansing bath. It is also commonly used in a number of sacred objects and talismans.
Use of Basil in spells:
Improve your psychic abilities
Heal your relationship after an arguement
Simmer cut lemon and fresh basil in water. When cooled and added to a spray bottle, it can be used to clean sacred objects, candles, altars, spaces, the work environment, etc.
Mix basil, eucalyptus and rosemary into some epsom or kosher salt. Add 3 tablespoons of this mixture into your bath. To banish bad habits or negative energy, perform a spiritual bath by lighting two black candles at each side of the tub. Mix the salt mixture into a warm bucket of water and pour over your body, from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.
To remove negative spirits from the home:
Mix basil, rue, hyssop and myrrh and grind to a powder. Burn over a charcoal making sure you fumigated every corner of your home.
Banishing Incense or Banishing Bath (to remove negative people or bad habits)
Mix basil, pine, lemon peel and Devils Shoestring. Either grind to a powder and burn over charcoal for incense. Or Simmer in water for a bath wash.
Harmony, Love and Forgiveness Incense
Mix basil, marjoram, lavender and balm of gilead and grind them down to a powder. Burn over a charcoal in the center of the home. This same recipe can be used for reconciliation, particularly if you add a bit of violet.
To Draw in Money:
Carry a basil leaf in your wallet.
Simmer basil, cinnamon and chamomile. Once cool, use as a floor wash for your home and/ or business.
Basil Growing Tip:
Basil likes the heat and does not tolerate the cold well. It grows best in hot dry conditions.
Most magical practices make use of herbs in various ways, often in rituals and magical workings. Often they are used as incense, when they are crushed and powdered, or as oils. Their properties mean that they create a type of force field that intensifies the vibration needed. Additionally, when the practitioner calls upon the power of the Gods and spirits, the herbs become even more effective. Simply having particular herbs in your sacred space or having them about your person is sufficient to begin the process of enhancing the area or your personal vibration. You can use them in incense and dedicate them to the appropriate Elements and Deities. Many of the herbs mentioned can be obtained from a good herbalist, though for those of you who are truly interested it would be worthwhile creating a small herb garden or growing them on your windowsill.
The uses of herbs
PROTECTION Such herbs guard against physical and psychic attacks, injury, accidents and such things as wicked spirits. They usually offer protection in a general sort of way.
LOVE The vibration of these herbs is such that they can help you to meet new people, to overcome shyness and let others know that you are open to new relationships. They put out a particular vibration so that those who are interested will answer the call. The safest way to use them is to accept that several people may be attracted to you and you will then be able to make an informed choice.
FIDELITY Some herbs and plants can by tradition be used to ensure fidelity. You do have to have a firm belief that you have a right to another’s devotion
before imposing your will on them. Using a spell for fidelity amounts to a
binding spell and you must make allowances for the person’s own integrity. It
should always be remembered that it is unwise, and sometimes unhelpful, to both parties to hold anyone in a relationship against their will.
HEALING Many herbs have healing properties which can help from both a physical and a magical viewpoint. A practitioner working from both points of
view can be of tremendous help in managing illness. However, always
remember to advise anyone you work with in this way to seek qualified
medical assistance. Never allow yourself to be drawn into being a substitute for medical help.
HEALTH Not only the smell of herbs and plants, but also their vibration,
can help to prevent illness and restore good health. So, if you are prone to illness, carry health herbs with you and make sure they are always as fresh as possible.
LUCK is the knack of being in the right place at the right time and being able to act on instinct. Luck herbs help you create your own good fortune. Once you have such a foundation, you can build upon it.
MONEY It is sometimes easier to visualize the outcome of having money –
i.e. what you are going to spend the money on – than visualizing actual money
coming to you. Certain herbs create an environment in which things can
happen. They enable the creation of the means to fulfil your needs – perhaps a gift, a pay rise or some such thing.
The Main Spellcasting Uses for Herbs
Herbs are used extensively on this site and in our spellcasting, so we have included some of the main uses – and more important herbs – below.
ATTRACTING MEN: Jasmine, Juniper (dried berries worn as a charm),
Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Lovage, Orris Root, Patchouli
ATTRACTING WOMEN: Henbane, Holly, Juniper (dried berries worn
as a charm), Lemon Verbena, Lovage, Orris Root, Patchouli
Note: There are so many herbs suitable for the next three categories and the choice is such a personal one that we have included only a few suggestions. Your own further research will very much enhance your magical workings.
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