Magical Oils: How to Make and Use Herb-Infused Oils
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.
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
Once you have gathered all your supplies and ingredients, you can make your herbal infused oil.
How to Make Herb-Infused Oil:
- Fill about 1/3 of the glass jar with your dried herb(s) of choice.
- Pour your oil base over the dried herbs—almost all the way to the top of the jar.
- Shake the jar gently.
- Label the jar with the oil base, herb(s) used, and the date.
- Close the jar tightly and put it in a cabinet—preferably a cool, dark place.
- Gently shake the jar twice a day, every day, for the next 2-4 weeks.
- After 2-4 weeks, open the jar, place a piece of cheesecloth on top of the jar, and secure with a rubber band.
- Strain the oil by tipping the jar over another another jar or bowl (whatever you're using to contain your infused oil).
- 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.
- Bottle the infused oil, and be sure to label and date it!
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
- Roses, rosebuds, rose hips
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.
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
Hawthorn leaves and flowers
- On a waxing moon, fill a jar 1/3 of the way with the dried herbs.
- Cover the herbs with the sweet almond oil, filling the jar almost to the top.
- Shake gently and label with the oil base, herbs, and date of creation.
- Put away in dark, cool place for a month, shaking gently everyday.
- 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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