Oils & Ointments

Banishing Oil

 BANISHING OIL



1/2 oz olive oil

7 drops pepper oil (add cayenne pepper to olive oil if you wish) 

10 drops peppermint oil – or peppermint essence from icing part of a grocers plus olive oil

12 drops of rue or rosemary oil. You can add rue or rosemary to olive oil and put in a warm
place for 3 days and strain or buy the essential oil. 

Some crushed black peppercorns 

9 drops of pine oil or some pine needles stepped in olive oil for 3 days in warm place and strained.
Or pine essential oil

One obsidian or black onyx stone or a small black pebble

 

Blend together in an eggcup and put In a clean brown or dark medicine bottle. Some of these oils are volatile. Do not anoint yourself with Banishing oil. You could burn yourself. Wash your hands after using. Charge the stone or stones used after adding it and focus on the person and your intent pouring in energy and emotion. As you dress the candles you make them your magical tools. Charge again as you massage away from you massaging in banishing oil from
middle to the ends of the candle.

 

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Magickal Goody of the Day for August 20 is John the Conqueror’s Oil

Magickal Goody of the Day

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JOHN THE CONQUEROR OIL

John the Conqueror Oil traditionally consists of broken pieces of John the Conqueror root (Ipomoea jalapa or I.purga) steeped in Almond or another vegetable carrier oil that has been tinted purple (or yellow); it is customary to add essential oils as fragrance to suit. The oil can also be made with powdered I. jalapa root. Some folks strain it afterward. To enhance the actual weird scent of John the Conqueror root, from which no essential oil can be extracted, Incompound a “woodsy blend” scent, such as Cedarwood and Vetivert, which smells quite a lot like the John the Conqueror root itself. This fragrance is NOT part of the “Magick” in the oil, but it does serve as a re-enforcer of what the real root smells like.

Let the root fragments and/or powder sit in the oil blend at least a week before use — a month is better. The root is traditionally left in the bottle as it is used. If you are making up small bottles (e.g. a dram vial or 1/2 oz. bottle), you should put two or three pieces of root in each bottle. If you work out of a large stock bottle (e.g. 4 oz. or 16 oz.) be sure to refresh the root with new pieces each time you top up the bottle.

BEWARE commercial John the Conqueror and High Conquering oils! They rarely have the root in them. all you have to do is look in the bottle: If there is no root in it, and it was made in a factory, it’s very likely a fake.

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New Moon Oil Recipe


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New Moon Oil Recipe

 

4 drops patchouli essential oil

3 drops cedar wood essential oil

4 drops sweet orange essential oil

Add to a base oil such as sweet almond or grape seed

(about 15mls of carrier oil should be about right).

 

—-Moon Magic – Pagan Portals

Rachel Patterson

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Come To Me Oil

Come To Me Oil



Recipes vary from person to person. They are generally floral in tone and usually red in color. Scents used in such an oil may include sweet pea and narcissus (usually only available as synthetic fragrances, not as essential oils), rose (available as a real essential oil — called otto or attar of roses — but so expensive as to be prohibitively costly for most people, who therefore use a synthetic fragrance instead), rose geranium (a real essential floral oil that has a very good rose scent), and other floral synthetics, such as wistaria, honeysuckle, violet, and the like.

Herbs mixed into in the finished, fragranced oil may include catnip leaf (to entice a lover), saffron stamens (for love-drawing), rose petals, (for love-drawing), Damiana leaf (to increase passion) and/or patchouli leaf (ditto). Queen Elizabeth Root (used to attract men) may be added to the mixture if the person using it is a female.

One difficulty many folk-magicians have with floral scents as a basis for magical perfume oils is that so many of our favorite flowers do not produce a great deal of essential oil.  When this is the case, the oil is very expensive. But that is not the greatest hurdle we must overcome. Some flowers, no matter how lovely they smell, do not produce stable essential oils at all.

Whenever that is the case, essential oils from these flowers are unavailable at any cost and synthetics are the only recourse one has.

The question then becomes one of deciding whether to go with an artificial fragrance that mimics a given floral scent to a greater or lesser degree — or to forgo that scent in favor of one that is available in actual flower-derived form.

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Making Ointments

Making Ointments



When the subject of Witches’ ointments is mentioned, the infamous “flying ointments” immediately come to mind, at least to those with some interest in the history of Witchcraft and magick. These salves, consisting of psychoactive plants steeped in a fatty base, were rubbed onto the skin to aid in what is known today as astral projection.

These are not the only types of ointments known to Witches and magicians, however. Many others have more earthly uses that correlate to those of oils. In fact, any of the oils mentioned in our Oil and Ointment section can be converted to ointments simply by adding them to melted beeswax, lard or (in today’s world) vegetable shortening.

However made, ointments should ideally be kept in crystal or porcelain containers. Realistically, any jars with tight-fitting lids will do fine. Keep ointments away from heat and light. These ointments form a part of herb magic of long-gone days, and so are included here solely for their historical interest.

MAKING OINTMENTS

Ointments are easily made. They consist simply of herbs or oils and a base. In the past, hog’s lard was the preferred base because it was readily available, but vegetable shortening or beeswax produces the best results.

The base must be a greasy substance that melts over heat but is solid at room temperature. Some herbalists actually use dinosaur fat (I.e., Vaseline, which is prepared from petroleum)!

There are two basic ways to create magical ointments.

THE SHORTENING METHOD

Gently heat four parts shortening over low heat until liquefied. Watch that it doesn’t burn. Add one part dried herbal mixture, blend with a wooden spoon until thoroughly mixed, and continue heating until the shortening has extracted the scent. You should be able to smell it in the air. Strain through cheesecloth into a heat-proof container, such as a canning jar. Add one-half teaspoon tincture of benzoin to each pint of ointment as a natural preservative.

Store in a cool, dark place, such as the refrigerator. Ointments should last for weeks or months. Discard any that turn moldy, and lay in a fresh batch.

THE BEESWAX METHOD

This process creates a more cosmetic ointment without a heavy, greasy feeling. It is best to prepare it with oils rather than herbs, as it is difficult to strain. If possible, use unbleached beeswax. If not, use what you can find.

Chip it with a large, sharp knife so that you can pack it into a measuring cup. Place one-fourth cup or so of beeswax in the top of a double boiler (such as a coffee can set into a larger pot of water). Add about one-fourth cup olive, hazelnut, sesame or some other vegetable oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until the wax has melted into the oil.

Remove from the heat and let cool very slightly, until it has just begun to thicken. (This step is taken so that the hot wax won’t evaporate the oils.) Now add the mixed oils to the wax. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon and pour into a heat-proof container.

Label and store in the usual way.
In the recipes that follow, the recommended method of preparation will be mentioned.

EMPOWERING OINTMENTS

Once the ointment is made and has cooled in its jar, empower it with its particular magical need.This vital step, remember, directs the energy within the ointment, readying it for your ritual use.

USING OINTMENTS

Ointments are usually rubbed onto the body to effect various magical changes. As with oils, this is done with visualization and with the knowledge that the ointment will do its work.

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Hex-breaker Ointment

HEX-BREAKER OINTMENT



3 parts Galangal

2 parts Ginger root, dried

2 parts Vetivert

1 part Thistle


Steep the herbs in shortening, strain, cool, and anoint the body at night.

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Protection Ointment

Protection Ointment

2 parts Mallow

2 parts Rosemary

1 part Vervain

Make in the usual way with shortening.

Rub onto the body to drive out negative influences and to keep them far from you.

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Psychic Powers Ointment

Psychic Powers Ointment



3 parts Bay

 3 parts Star Anise

2 parts Mugwort

1 part Yerba Santa


Make in the usual way with shortening.


Anoint the temples, middle of the forehead and back of the neck to improve psychic powers.

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