Oils and Incenses in Magick
Oils and incenses, like herbs, are very versatile. The easiest way of attracting all the good things
you want not only for yourself but also for those you love and for those in need, is to burn oils
and to release the appropriate fragrances and let them work in their own way. You can choose
the appropriate oil for health, happiness, love, success, prosperity, confidence and protection, to
name but a few.
You can use oils as part of a ritual. In traditional magick, oils are placed in the West of the altar
for the Water element, or the East, if lit, to symbolize the fragrance rising on the Air. But they can
equally form the focus of any spell, each oil being charged with its particular purpose before use.
There are many ways you can use oils magically as well as therapeutically: for example, you can
burn them in special holders (these are available everywhere from pharmacies, hardware shops
and supermarkets); you can sprinkle a few drops on an open fire or on cotton wool; you can pour
a little into a saucer and place it above a radiator; you can dispense them in sprays or in any of
the variety of condensers and diffusers that are available; or you can dilute them and use them
as floor washes.
Oils are very potent and should only ever be used in accordance with instructions inside the box
from the manufacturer. There are also a number of good books on the market and I have listed a
few at the back of this book that will advise on correct dosage. Generally, oils such as lavender,
Chamomile, rose, rosewood and geranium are so mild that for an adult you can use up to ten
drops quite safely in a bath full of water. However, do not add more than three drops of peppermint, lemon or Cedar wood, and no more than four or five drops of other astringent or
potent oils such as orange, pine, rosemary, tea tree and thyme to a bashful of water and follow
instructions carefully. You can also put a drop or two of the milder oils on a handkerchief or
inhale from the bottle, but again follow instructions to the letter. For children, use no more than
four drops of mild oil (lavender, Chamomile, rose, rosewood or geranium) in total in a bath; for
small children, do not use more than two drops and use only gentler fragrances such as
lavender or Chamomile (this is excellent for calming children). Some conditions preclude the use
of certain oils; this applies for use in baths, and for inhalations and massage. As with herbs, I
recommend that you should always check with your doctor before using any oils.
Epilepsy: Avoid sweet fennel, hyssop, sage, and rosemary.
High blood pressure: Avoid cypress, hyssop, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Pregnancy: It is best to avoid the following oils during any stage of pregnancy.
Angelica, basil, bitter almond, Cedar wood, clary sage, clove, fennel, hyssop, juniper, marjoram,
myrrh, peppermint, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen, yarrow.
Certain oils, particularly citrus oils, can irritate the skin if they are exposed to the light, and about
half of the normal amount of other oils should be used in baths and massage. Avoid direct
sunlight for six hours after use. They include:
Angelica, bergamot, ginger, lemon, lime, mandarin and orange. However, they are ideal for
burning and are all energizing.
Some can be an irritant to the skin and so should be used sparingly and well-diluted. They
include: Allspice, basil, cinnamon, clove, fennel, frankincense, lemon, lemongrass and
peppermint. Oils should never be taken internally and except for pure rose and lavender should
not be applied undiluted to the skin.
Oils and Incenses in Magick
To avoid repetition, I have only given a brief reference for those oils whose properties I
described in the previous chapter, for the qualities of a substance are the same in any form.
Benzoin: Benzoin reduces tension, stress, and melts away tension, anger, resentment,
emotional pain and frustrations. Positively, benzoin increases self-confidence and attracts
prosperity, both material and spiritual. It mixes well with rose, pine and lavender.
Bergamot: Bergamot soothes irritability and lifts depression or apathy, encouraging gentle but
honest communication and the manifestation of a person's true potential and inner self. A citrus
oil, bergamot mixes well with frankincense and ylang-ylang.
Cedar wood: Cedar wood is a symbol of both spiritual and sexual awakening or reawakening
perhaps after a period of loss or stagnation; excellent in meditation, it is an oil of youthfulness
and a long and happy life. It mixes especially well with cypress, juniper and rosemary.
Chamomile: Known as the children's oil and the oil of kindness, Chamomile is effective for every
childhood problem, including hyperactivity, general restlessness and sleeplessness - it is also lemon.
Citronella: Citronella is an oil of identity and independence, establishing the boundaries of the
unique self and repelling those who would dominate or intrude on privacy, whether personally or
professionally; it also creates invisible boundaries around the home. Citronella improves mental
alertness and dispels exhaustion and inertia. It mixes well with lavender and jasmine.
Clary sage: Clary sage calms and drives away fears and bad dreams in adults and children. It is
also an oil of inspiration and positively and, when problems loom large, replaces doubts with
unconsidered options and with an assurance that all will be well. It mixes well with ylang-ylang,
rosemary and lavender.
Cypress: Cypress is an oil of consolation after sorrow or loss, bringing acceptance, healing and
the power to move forward. It promotes understanding and compassion towards distress of self
and others. It mixes well with lemon, juniper and geranium.
Eucalyptus: This is an oil of purification of mind, body and soul, driving out negativity and anger,
as well as repelling deliberate psychological and psychic attack. Eucalyptus will provide the
impetus for action and decisions, especially when people and projects have reached an
impasse. The oil also offers clear focus and increased concentration. It mixes well with Cedar
wood, clary sage and peppermint. Fennel: Fennel is the oil of strength, courage and
perseverance. It mixes well with Chamomile and eucalyptus.
Frankincense: Frankincense is regarded as the most noble of oils, used in ceremonies and
formal celebrations throughout the ages and considered in many cultures to be a gift from the
deities, bringing healing and power. It offers confidence to aim high, attracting abundance of all
kinds, money and success, but also granting access to higher dimensions and contact with
angels and spirit guides. It mixes well with cypress, sandalwood and myrrh.
Geranium: Geranium is a harmonizing oil, restoring peace and well being to the home or
workplace, encouraging positive, non-confrontational interactions, reconciling quarrels and
melting away emotional coldness and indifference in encounters. It relieves tension, depression
doubts and despair, replacing them with gentle optimism. It mixes well with lavender, rose,
ylang-ylang, Cedar wood and Chamomile and indeed most other oils.
Ginger: Ginger is an enhancer of love, passion and money and encourages adventure and
innovation. It mixes well with bergamot, Cedarwood and jasmine.
Jasmine: Jasmine is an uplifting oil, boosting both physical and mental potency and increasing
love and passion. It deflects potential hostility, transforming it into friendliness and a willingness
to compromise. It mixes with most other oils, especially rose and ylang-ylang.
Juniper: Juniper is a purifying and cleansing oil, protecting against hostility and removing what is
redundant. It mixes well with rosemary, frankincense and cypress.
Lavender: Lavender is a harmoniser and brings love, kindness and reconciliation to any person
or place. It mixes well with almost every oil, but especially geranium, Chamomile, marjoram and
cutting through secrecy, doubt and dishonesty, and cleansing atmospheres and
attitudes. A citrus oil, it mixes well with Chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender and myrrh.
Lemongrass: Lemongrass will clear away negative emotions among family, friends and
colleagues, and past resentment and feuds from the past that no longer serve any purpose. It
removes also painful memories and helps to leave behind destructive relationships; lemongrass
also enhances psychic awareness. It mixes well with frankincense and geranium.
Lime: Lime brings health and well-being to self and to family and home. It generates enthusiasm
and triggers self-healing and regeneration in body and mind. It is protective against
psychological and psychic attack and has natural restorative powers. A citrus oil, it mixes well
with eucalyptus and lavender.
Mandarin: Mandarin oil restores confidence self-love and self-esteem, offering protection against
the barbs of unfair criticism, spite and gossip. It enhances inner beauty and radiance. A citrus oil,
it mixes well with Cedarwood, geranium, and ylang-ylang.
Marjoram: Marjoram is an oil that relieves loneliness and a sense of isolation and alienation,
awaking empathy with others. It is an oil of enduring love and fidelity. It mixes well with lavender
Mimosa: Mimosa is an oil of the night, for secrets and secret love, bringing love and friendship,
especially for older people. It calms anxiety and over-sensitivity to criticism and brings harmony
and happiness, melting away opposition and hostility. It mixes well with bergamot and
Myrrh: This is a sacred ceremonial oil, like frankincense, and is burned in healing and
purification rituals. It mixes well with mandarin, pine and patchouli.
Neroli: This is orange-blossom oil, symbol of marriage, committed relationships and fidelity,
fertility, sensuality and self-esteem. It prevents moods swings, crises of confidence and panic
attacks. It mixes well with geranium and jasmine.
Orange: Orange is the oil of abundance, joy and fertility, attracting happiness, giving confidence
and individuality, and calming anxiety and restlessness in children and adults.
A citrus oil, it mixes well with lavender and ylang-ylang.
Patchouli: Patchouli is the oil of prosperity and is used in money rituals, to bring employment and
increase business opportunities. It is also frequently used in ceremonies to heal the planet, as it
is a natural restorer of balance. It mixes well with geranium, myrrh and pine.
Peppermint: Peppermint offers protection against illness, accident, hostility and theft or damage
to the home and also attracts money. It mixes well with eucalyptus.
Pine: Pine is a purifier of all forms of negativity, hostile atmospheres and dishonesty, protecting particularly against emotional blackmail. It is an oil of courage and perseverance under difficulty,
of integrity and clear focus. It mixes well with juniper, lemon and marjoram.
Rose: This is an oil of fidelity, happiness, partnerships and gentle healing, love and especially
self love. It mixes well with almost every other oil.
Rosemary: Rosemary is an oil for enhanced memory, concentration, justice, career and
success. It mixes well with Cedarwood, frankincense and geranium.
Rosewood: Rosewood calms mind, body and soul, creating a setting conducive to peace at
home or work, especially if there are difficult negotiations, or potentially hostile visitors or phone
calls; it will also clear away existing conflict. Rosewood soothes hyperactive or restless children,
and in adults brings acceptance of life as it is and the frailties of others. It is good for energizing
all forms of natural magick. Rosewood mixes well with jasmine, neroli and geranium.
Sandalwood: Sandalwood is an oil of passion and sensuality; it also heightens meditative
abilities and increases spiritual awareness, offering a path to make contact with the higher self
and angelic or spirit guides. It mixes well with many other oils, especially Chamomile, lemon,
patchouli and rosemary.
Tea tree: Tea tree is an oil of healing, especially absent healing; it will remove blockages in
energy, and banish negativity, replacing it with optimism and channeling restlessness into
positive aspects of life. It mixes with sandalwood, but is usually best used alone.
Ylang-ylang: The oil of poets, ylang-ylang is associated with inspiration and love, especially self
esteem. It counteracts a sense of frustration when things cannot be changed or achieved, and
increases confidence and pleasure in possibilities that can be realized within the limitations of
the present circumstance. It mixes well with clary sage, geranium, lemon and Chamomile.
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