Magickal Goody of the Day
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.