Spell oils are useful for many different purposes. You can find spell oils for anointing your tools and altar, focusing and enhancing your magickal intent during spells and rituals, drawing and sending, anointing your house and car for protection, and your person toward a specific intent as well as for pretty much every other purpose under the sun and moon. If you need a spell oil it probably already exists somewhere in the world. If not, you can learn to craft your own online in any number of reputable places or through the writings of reputable authors. We have posted many of our own “recipes” and will share more in the not too distant future. Until then, here is a basic set of questions and answers that may assist you regarding oils and their uses.
Do spell oils really work?
As with anything in this world (especially things that are magickal in nature), what you put into it is what you will get out of it. If you create your own spell oil blends, you must invest energy into the individual oils prior to the creation process. In addition, you must invest the spell oil with the correct energy as you blend various oils together. Otherwise, what you will have is lovely smelling oil that you may use to make your home, car, or person smell pretty… and not much else.
If you do not have or cannot find a recipe and know how to blend an oil to achieve a specific purpose, then, buy it pre-made from someone you consider reputable. Some spell oils are from well-known recipes found in books or online, which worked for their creators, therefore they shared the recipe. Others may be secret or proprietary blends created by specific groups based on recipes they created which have worked for them in the past. Sacred Hands Coven has many recipes that we are sharing that are our non-proprietary blends. Our proprietary blends will remain secret until I die and then the recipes are passed on to the next generation.
Do you just rub it on and forget about it?
No. Spell oils are meant to be used in conjunction with spells or at the very least with a specific purpose in mind. It is not a simple case of buying a bottle of oil, rubbing it on someone, something, or yourself and the oil doing all the work alone. Depending upon the specific type of oil used and the specific intent behind the spell, you may need to have a specific process to applying it for a specific use. Such as, anointing a candle to draw something to you is very different from anointing a candle to send something away. Reverse the process and you will regret it. You may want a specific spell or ritual to use the oil with, and a purpose held firmly in mind. Other times applying the oil while focusing on the purpose of the oil during the application process is sufficient. Know your oils or ask someone you can trust who knows oils!
Can I just use essential oils that I buy in a shop?
Not necessarily. Depending on the type of shop you buy it from, the purpose of the oil, the intent behind the creation, and the manner of use, you may need to prepare a specific oil, or a specific blend of oils. You may need to charge the oil (or blend) for a specific use. You may need to cut caustic essential oils and/or blends with a safe base oil. If you plan to apply an oil topically (on your skin or with your fingers) be certain the oil is safe for use on skin. The stronger the scent, often, the more base you will need to add before it is safe for use on your skin. While high-quality spell oils start with a base of one or more essential oils, topical use of these spell oils require that most be used with a cutter. As such, as the store proprietor when using an essential oil or blend topically, to be certain it was cut specifically for topical use. If they say no, or they do not know, cut it first with a base oil, for your own safety. Mix the essential with the base, not vice versa. It is much safer and easier to add more essential oil to increase the strength of an oil than to keep adding base once your skin is already irritated by a caustic oil or blend with too little base. Test a tiny bit on your arm or leg, where the skin cannot be seen, prior to using it on areas that will show. Trust me, you want to make certain ahead of time that it is safe. Otherwise, you can suffer the consequences and embarrassment for days of using improperly mixed oils. (See Example) Make certain that the oils you are using are not toxic when applied to the skin, also. If you are pregnant or nursing, check with your doctor before using any oils topically as they can be carried through the bloodstream and mother’s milk to babies.
When I am using oils on magickal tools or candles, how much should I use?
Bear in mind, the oil does not have to be overly strong to do its job. It will have all the magickal properties in a single drop of oil that you will need in order to anoint a tool or candle. If you want to use, more, that is your choice, but remember that the essence of the oil stays on the surface of your finger as you anoint, so you do not have to “drown” a tool or candle in oil, in order to get the proper magickal effect from a spell oil. Also, make certain when using oils with candles not to saturate the wick (using the voice of experience here, too) for your own safety and peace of mind.
Are all scents naturally created as essential oils?
Actually, it depends what you mean by naturally created. While most, such as rose oil, orange oil, etc. come from exactly the plants they sound like, some scents do not transfer from plant matter properly during distilling, pressing or extraction methods. These scents must be re-created by combining other natural oils in a specific blend to make a blended “fragrance” scent. For example, sweet pea scented oils are blended oils. For some reason, the sweet pea flowers do not release their scent properly into the oil to create a “natural” sweet pea scent. As such, there are recipes available to teach you which essential oils to combine and in what measurements in order to achieve the scent naturally thought of as the scent of sweet peas. While most essential oils are exactly what they say they are, some are not and as such, will have entirely different magickal properties, just as sweet pea oil does. Be careful to buy your spell oils from reputable sources, ones who actually know oils and know their magickal properties.
If there are any other basic questions about spell oils, feel free to ask. If we do not know that answer, we will do our best to find it for you.