When you’re first starting out in the craft, you’ll soon find out that essential oils can be expensive. While you don’t need anything for your magic, making a magical oil can help you build your apothecary for pennies on the dollar.
Magical oils are created with specific purposes, and the act of making them infuses your magic and energy into them. It’s better than purchasing an expensive essential oil and so easy to make.
For me, my magic oils hold more power than anything I could ever purchase. I focus on the intention I have for any item and infuse it with my energy. Any tool, whether it’s an oil, crystal or even a stick you find out in nature is magic if you want it to be. You don’t need anything to perform magic, but ritual and tools help us to focus and the act of creation in itself is pure magic.
You can use these oils to dress a candle, dress a letter of intention, make into a spray, put on your skin or for any kind of spell work that requires oil.
There are many uses, but be careful if you plan to ingest an oil or put on your skin (our skin is the largest organ and will absorb everything we put on it) and make sure to do your research. Some herbs and even flowers can be toxic, so make sure you find out what’s safe.
The method I use to create my magical infused oil is fairly simple, and there are other ways to do so, but make sure to follow the proper methods at all times. Herbs and flowers can turn rancid and ruin a witchy good time.
I’ve created a magical oil infusion of geranium. Geranium can be used for lifting your spirit, protection, happiness, overcoming negativity or thoughts and help balance the mind and body.
I’m going to show you what’s called the “water bath method” of creating this magical oil. A water bath is a method to control the temperature of a vessel containing the material to be heated. The vessel is set onto or over one containing boiling water because we don’t want to boil the oil directly. For this, you can use a double boiler with a glass bowl in the top pan. Be careful to watch the water in the bottom because as it boils, it will evaporate and run dry, which can cause all sorts of havoc and ruin your pans. Keep a watchful eye on this.
What you will need:
1 cup of oil – I used sweet almond but you can use olive
1 cup of fresh geranium flowers
Mortar and pestle *optional
Double boiler and a glass bowl small enough to fit inside of the top pan
Coffee filters or cheesecloth
Bottle or jar to hold your finished oil
Begin by crushing your flowers (or herbs) to release their natural oils. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with water and set the top pan on top.
Place your oil and your crushed matter into a glass or heat proof bowl and set into the top pan of the double boiler.
Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
When finished – remove from heat and let cool completely.
Use cheesecloth or coffee filters to strain out the flowers or herbs.
Place into a container with a lid – if you don’t have oil bottles, mason jars are perfect.
Keep oil in a cool, dry place out of the sunlight.
While crushing your flowers, focus on the intention for this magical oil. Give thanks to the flowers for their part. Infuse this blend with your magic and meditate on what it will be used for.
You can use this method to make oils from herbs, roots or flowers – just remember not to ingest anything that you haven’t researched.
A magically infused apothecary is a happy apothecary. Go have fun!