Oils and Incenses in Magick

PaganGreen Paganism and Witchcraft

Oils and incenses, like herbs, are very versatile. The easiest way of attracting all the good things you
want not only for yourself but also for those you love and for those in need, is to burn oils and to
release the appropriate fragrances and let them work in their own way.You can choose the appropriate
oil for health, happiness, love, success, prosperity, confidence and protection, to name but a few.
Oil Magick

You can use oils as part of a ritual. In traditional magick, oils are placed in the West of the altar for
the Water element, or the East, if lit, to symbolise the fragrance rising on the Air. But they can equally
form the focus of any spell, each oil being charged with its particular purpose before use.
There are many ways you can use oils magically as well as therapeutically: for example, you can burn
them in special holders (these are available everywhere from pharmacies, hardware shops and
supermarkets); you can sprinkle a few drops on an open fire or on cotton wool; you can pour a little
into a saucer and place it above a radiator; you can dispense them in sprays or in any of the variety of
condensers and diffusers that are available; or you can dilute them and use them as floor washes.
Oils are very potent and should only ever be used in accordance with instructions inside the box from
the manufacturer. There are also a number of good books on the market and I have listed a few at the
back of this book that will advise on correct dosage.
Generally, oils such as lavender, Chamomile, rose, rosewood and geranium are so mild that for an
adult you can use up to ten drops quite safely in a bath full of water. However, do not add more than
three drops of peppermint, lemon or Cedarwood, and no more than four or five drops of other
astringent or potent oils such as orange, pine, rosemary, tea tree and thyme to a bathful of water and
follow instructions carefully. You can also put a drop or two of the milder oils on a handkerchief or
inhale from the bottle, but again follow instructions to the letter.
For children, use no more than four drops of mild oil (lavender, Chamomile, rose, rosewood or
geranium) in total in a bath; for small children, do not use more than two drops and use only gentler
fragrances such as lavender or Chamomile (this is excellent for calming children).
Some conditions preclude the use of certain oils; this applies for use in baths, and for inhalations and
massage. As with herbs, I recommend that you should always check with your doctor before using
any oils.
Epilepsy: Avoid sweet fennel, hyssop, sage, and rosemary.
High blood pressure: Avoid cypress, hyssop, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Pregnancy: It is best to avoid the following oils during any stage of pregnancy.
Angelica, basil, bitter almond, Cedarwood, clary sage, clove, fennel, hyssop, juniper, marjoram,
myrrh, peppermint, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme, wintergreen, yarrow.
Photo-Toxic Oils
Certain oils, particularly citrus oils, can irritate the skin if they are exposed to the light, and about half
of the normal amount of other oils should be used in baths and massage. Avoid direct sunlight for six
hours after use. They include:
Angelica, bergamot, ginger, lemon, lime, mandarin and orange. However, they are ideal for burning
and are all energising.
Skin Irritants
Some can be an irritant to the skin and so should be used sparingly and well-diluted. They include:
Allspice, basil, cinnamon, clove, fennel, frankincense, lemon, lemongrass and peppermint.
Oils should never be taken internally and except for pure rose and lavender should not be applied
undiluted to the skin.