Magical Oils: How to Make and Use Herb-Infused Oils

Updated on July 7, 2018
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Kitty has been following an alternative spiritual path for seventeen years. She encourages others to follow their souls' calling.

How to Make and Use Magical, Herb-Infused Oils
How to Make and Use Magical, Herb-Infused Oils | Source

There are many purposes and uses for magical oils, some of which we will identify in this article. We will also talk about how to easily and properly make an herb-infused oil to be used as a magical oil.

What Are Magical Oils?

Magical oils are simply oils that have been created with a specific intent or purpose behind them—whether it be for cooking, spiritual, or other uses. They are being increasingly used for magical and spiritual purposes, like drawing money into one's life, drawing love into one's life and enhancing meditations and trance states—the list could go on.

What Is an Herbal Infused Oil?

An herbal infused oil is made up of an oil base that is infused with various herbs or plants over a period of time (usually from 2-4 weeks). Once the infusion period is complete, the herbs are usually filtered or strained out of the oil.

A honeysuckle infused oil—used to sweeten one's demeanor.
A honeysuckle infused oil—used to sweeten one's demeanor. | Source

Making Magical Oils With Herbal Infusion

Starting on the road of magical herbalism, you will find that making herb-infused oils is rather easy and fun. The process is not labor-intensive but is definitely enriching.

Supplies and Ingredients:

  • a small glass jar with an air-tight lid (mason jars are perfect!)
  • another jar or container to hold the finished oil
  • cheesecloth or muslin
  • an oil base
  • dried herbs
  • labels

Once you have gathered all your supplies and ingredients, you can make your herbal infused oil.

How to Make Herb-Infused Oil:

  1. Fill about 1/3 of the glass jar with your dried herb(s) of choice.
  2. Pour your oil base over the dried herbs—almost all the way to the top of the jar.
  3. Shake the jar gently.
  4. Label the jar with the oil base, herb(s) used, and the date.
  5. Close the jar tightly and put it in a cabinet—preferably a cool, dark place.
  6. Gently shake the jar twice a day, every day, for the next 2-4 weeks.
  7. After 2-4 weeks, open the jar, place a piece of cheesecloth on top of the jar, and secure with a rubber band.
  8. Strain the oil by tipping the jar over another another jar or bowl (whatever you're using to contain your infused oil).
  9. Once most of the oil has strained out, remove the rubber band and squeeze the remaining oil out of the herbs that are in the cheesecloth.
  10. Bottle the infused oil, and be sure to label and date it!

Squeezing the rest of the oil remnants from the herbs...
Squeezing the rest of the oil remnants from the herbs... | Source

Tips for Making Magical Oils

When choosing your ingredients, keep in mind that there are dozens and dozens oil bases and herbs to choose from. Start out using just pure, virgin olive oil as a base and whatever herbs you have on hand. I find that basil, sage, and peppers make a lovely combination when infused into an olive oil base. Don't be afraid to experiment with different oil and herb combinations.

Tip #1: Choose herbs that will complement the taste or aroma of the base oil.

For instance, if you choose to use sweet almond oil as a base, choose floral and sweet-smelling herbs as your infusing herbs instead of strong culinary herbs like basil or sage.

Common Base Oils

  • Avocado oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Vegetable oil

Common Herbs Used to Infuse Oils

  • Basil
  • Calendula
  • Elderflower
  • Hawthorn
  • Lavender
  • Mugwort
  • Peppers
  • Roses, rosebuds, rose hips
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Wormwood

Tip #2: Focus on your intent and desire when making a magical oil.

If you are using herb-infused oils for magical or spiritual purposes, remember to concentrate on your intent and desire while making the oil. Your intents and thoughts are what makes the oil "magical."

Tip #3: Make sure the herbs you choose are safe to use for the intended purpose.

For instance, you don't want to use mugwort in an oil that you might use to anoint your skin because mugwort is sometimes known to cause dermatitis.

Tip #4: Consider the timing of when you make and bottle your magical oil.

Depending on your intended use, you might want plan when to start making the oil and when you to bottle it. Lunar phases play an important part in creating and infusing oils. For instance, if you are making a magical oil to use in money magic, you'll want to start making it on a new or waxing moon, and you'll want to bottle it at the next new or waxing moon.

In a pinch, you can mix essential oils together for magical effects.

How to Use Herb-Infused Oils

There are many uses for herb-infused oils, both magical and practical.

Common Practical Uses (depending on the ingredients and oil used):

  • Culinary: pan-frying, sautéing, etc.
  • Medicinal: teaspoonfuls for various ailments, including colds, coughs, flus, depression, etc.
  • Beauty products: as a base for salves, body creams, etc.

Common Magical Uses:

  • Anointing your altar
  • Anointing your tools
  • Anointing yourself for meditation and visualization techniques
  • Anointing your home, for instance, to cleanse or protect.
  • Dressing candles
  • Food for mojo bags, nation sacks, spell bags, etc.

Once you're done filtering the remnants of the oil through your cheesecloth, throw the used herbs into the compost!
Once you're done filtering the remnants of the oil through your cheesecloth, throw the used herbs into the compost! | Source
Always put your oils in amber bottles to preserve them. Dress them up with ribbons and labels!
Always put your oils in amber bottles to preserve them. Dress them up with ribbons and labels! | Source

Midsummer Fairy Oil Recipe (Kitty's Magical Oil Recipe)

Here is one of my favorite magical oil recipes that I want to share with you all.


Sweet almond oil
Lavender flowers
Hawthorn leaves and flowers


  1. On a waxing moon, fill a jar 1/3 of the way with the dried herbs.
  2. Cover the herbs with the sweet almond oil, filling the jar almost to the top.
  3. Shake gently and label with the oil base, herbs, and date of creation.
  4. Put away in dark, cool place for a month, shaking gently everyday.
  5. On the next waxing moon, strain the herbs out of the oil and label the new bottle with the date and ingredients.

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Questions & Answers

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    • cherrycrime26 profile image

      January Moon 

      20 months ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      I make my own rose oils all the time, Im going to start making Herb infused oils soon. Thanks for the information.

    • newbizmau profile image

      Maurice Glaude 

      2 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Another interest of mine but I have never tried it. Thanks for the inspiration. Bookmarking!

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      DDE - Great! Give it a shot! :)

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I have most of the herbs you mentioned and the selection is great so easy to find.

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      Silva - Thank you! Glad you liked it. :)

      Seeker7 - Yes, give it a shot and let me know if you have any questions at all. I'm actually bottling some oils that have been infusing since the last New Moon tonight!

      Nell Rose - Give it another go, Nell! I'm sure your oils were fabulous!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Ooh I love this! lol! I haven't made oils for years! why the heck not? I used to make them back in the 90s and in fact sold some at a boot sale we did, this is great kitty, and makes me want to start again!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      What a great and interesting hub this is Kitty!

      I've never made my own oils and usually bought them in. But since reading your instructions I would love to have a go! I think oils are great for doing cleansings along with joss and of course you have the added bonus of a beautiful fragrance throughout the home.

      Great hub + voted up and shared!

    • Silva Hayes profile image

      Silva Hayes 

      5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Wow, what fun. I love this. Magical. Bookmarking . . .

    • kittythedreamer profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Canfield 

      5 years ago from Summerland

      ThompsonPen - Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks!

      MysticMoonlight - It is pretty easy and fun, isn't it? Thanks for reading, as always!

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful information, kitty. I love making herbal and magical oils as well and enjoy it immensely . They are so simple and fun, it's something that just about anyone can do and enjoy. Great tips and ideas here.

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      Nicola Thompson 

      5 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      wonderful and informative article! Well done :)


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