Oils & Ointments

Making Your Own Infused Oils



Active plant ingredients can be extracted in oil for external use in massage oils, creams, and ointments. Infused oils will last for up to a year if kept in a cool, dark place, but they are more potent when fresh, so it’s best to make small amounts frequently. The hot method is suitable for leafy herbs such as comfrey, chickweed, stinging nettle, cleavers, bladderwrack, and rosemary.


  1. Put the oil (500 ml sunflower or cold pressed olive oil) and the herb (250g dried herb) into a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water or in a double boiler and heat gently for about 3 hours.
  2. Strain the mixture through a muslin bag or a jelly bag.
  3. Pour the oil into storage bottles, using a funnel if necessary.



This method of making an infused oil is suitable for flowers such as calendula, st. john’s wort and chamomile. It is a slow process, the flowers and oil are packed into a jar and left for several weeks, after which the once-infused oil is used again with fresh herb to extract as much active plant ingredient as possible. Cold infused oils are used in massage oils or as the basis for creams, salves, or ointments.



  1. Pack a large jar tightly with the herb and cover completely with oil (safflower or wheat germ oil work good for this). Put the lid on and leave on a sunny windowsill or in a greenhouse for 3 weeks.
  2. Pour the mixture into a jelly bag fitted with string or rubber band to the rim of a jug.
  3. Squeeze the oil through the bag. Repeat steps 1 an 2 with new herb and the once-infused oil. After 3 more weeks strain once more and pour into storage bottles, using a funnel if necessary. Store for up to a year in a cool place away from direct light.



Joelle’s Sacred Grove


About these ads
Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, Herbal This & That, Oils & Ointments | Leave a comment

Making Your Own Creams



A cream is a mixture of water with fats or oils, which softens and blends with the skin. It can easily be made using emulsifying ointment (available from most pharmacies), which is a mixture of oils and waxes that blends with water or tinctures. Homemade creams will last for several months, but the shelf life is prolonged by storing the mixture in a cool pantry or refrigerator, or adding a few drops of benzoin tincture as a preservative. Creams made from organic oils and fats deteriorate more quickly. The method shown here is suitable for most herbs.

Parts Used: All parts of the plant (fresh or dried)
Standard Quantity: Use 150g emulsifying ointment, 70 ml glycerol, 80 ml water and 30g dried or 75 g fresh herb.
Standard Application: Rub a little into the affected part 2-3 times a day.
Storage: Store in sterilized, airtight, dark jars for up to 3 months in a cool place.

  1. Melt the emulsifying ointment in a double boiler or a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Pour in the glycerol and water and stir well. The mixture will solidify slightly when the liquid is added, so keep the bowl over the boiling water and stir to remelt it.
  2. Add the herb and stir well. Simmer for 3 hours, regularly adding more boiling water to the lower saucepan to prevent the pan from burning.
  3. Use a winepress or a jelly bag fitted to a jug, and strain the hot mixture as quickly as possible into a bowl. Stir the melted, strained cream constantly as it cools, to avoid separation. If it does start to separate, return it to the double boiler and reheat with an additional 10-20 g of emulsifying ointment.
  4. When the cream has set, use a small palette knife to fill storage jars. Put some cream around the edge of the jar first, and then fill the middle to avoid any air bubbles.


Joelle’s Sacred Grove

Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, Herbal This & That, Oils & Ointments | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Hecate Oil

Hecate Oil


To make an oil to Hecate, use

3 drops Myrrh oil
2 drops Cypress or Pine oil
1 drop Patchouli oil
pinch of dried mint

Mix in a carrier oil and wear for protection and during divination, or use in ritual bath.

Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, Oils & Ointments | Tags: , , , , | Leave a comment

WOTC Extra – Psychic Oils

Dragon Comments & Graphics

WOTC Extra – Psychic Oils


Psychic Oil #1

4 drops lemongrass

3 drops bay

1 drop nutmeg



Psychic Oil #2

7 drops cedar

3 drops myrrh

3 drops violet

3 drops musk

1 drop ambergris

Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, Oils & Ointments | Leave a comment

WOTC Extra, Extra – Basic Oil Recipe

Witchy Comments & Graphics

Basic Oil Recipe


For each magical oil blend, begin with 1/8 cup of carrier oil.  Add the drops of essential oil to the carrier oil, per the recipe.  To combine, swish or swirl the oil around, do not stir.  Your oil is complete.


If you only need a very small amount of the blend you are making, you can start with less than 1/8 cup of carrier oil, simply reduce the drops by a corresponding amount.

Gianne’s Grimoire of Personal Power
Lady Gianne
Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, Oils & Ointments | 4 Comments

WOTC Extra – What Are Carrier Oils Exactly?

Witchy Comments & Graphics

What Are Carrier Oils Exactly?

Carrier oil is the base oil which you start with.  Carrier oils are as follows: almond, olive, safflower, and sunflower.  You can use any carrier oil you prefer.  Olive oil is perhaps the cheapest one on the list, depending on the type and brand.  It is also probably the least attractive smelling to many people.

When selecting carrier oil, keep in mind the purpose to which you will use your magical oil blend.  If you are creating a blend to anoint candles or other objects, olive oil is probable fine and is cost efficient.  If you are creating an oil rub for your body, you might want to select almond oil, something many people like on their skin.

Gianne’s Grimoire of Personal Power
Lady Gianne
Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, Oils & Ointments | Tags: , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Talk Witch – Storing Your Essential Oils

Witchy Comments & Graphics

Storing Your Essential Oils


It is very important to understand how to store magical oils properly.  Basic essential oils tend to be expensive. Once you have created a magical oil blend suited to your specific purpose, it is in your best interest to store it properly, saving you time and money in the long run.

When you are ready to create your magical oil blend, assemble your tools.  All tools, and especially the bottles that will be used for storage, should be boiled for at least ten minutes before use.  This will ensure that there isn’t dirt or bacteria on anything that could contaminate your supply.

You will need to store your oil in glass bottles.  Never store oil in a plastic bottle, even though plastic is much cheaper.  Using a glass bottle will ensure you are able to utilize your magical oil blend as long as possible, while using plastic will simply hasten its going bad.  Your glass bottle should also be made of colored glass, as this will help block out light.  Green or brown are good colors for storing magical oil.  Some people will prefer to store each magical oil blend in a glass bottle with a color that corresponds to its purpose.  This is a good idea if you can manage to locate small glass bottles in a variety of colors.  Once your blend is complete, it should be marked by its name and date, and then stored in a cool, dark place.  Oils will generally last for six months.

Gianne’s Grimoire of Personal Power
Lady Gianne


Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, Oils & Ointments | Leave a comment

WOTC Extra # 2 – Uncrossing Powder

Celtic Comments & Graphics


1 oz. Powdered Sandalwood
1 1/4 tsp. Powdered Five-Finger Grass
1/2 Dram Uncrossing Oil
1/2 Dram Frankincense Oil
1/4 Dram Myrrh Oil
4 oz. Talc

Categories: Articles, Daily Posts, HooDoo/Vodoun, Oils & Ointments | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The Adventure Journal Theme.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,123 other followers