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Blending Oils for a Magickal Purpose

By John R. De Lorez ©2003


Oils extracted from plants have been in use at least as far back as the time of construction of the Pyramids in Egypt.  Unguent Jars and Perfume Bottles found in the tombs of the people of that time (not just in the tombs of the nobility but of the workers as well) still hold traces of the plant materials used in their preparation.  Evidence of the use of flowers in rituals involving the human spirit goes back even further. Neanderthal graves sometimes contain evidence that flower blossoms were used to cover the body as part of the burial rite.

We use plant essences today for a wide range reasons.  If we use the scent of Lavender for the physiological effect its’ scent has on the body to promote relaxed, peaceful sleep, we call it Aromatherapy and it is considered by the non-magickal person to be a medical process.  If a Practitioner uses Lavender, either by its self or as part of a blend of oils, to ease the spirit and banish bad dreams, we call it ”Ritual”, and consider the Oil of Lavender to be a “Purpose Oil” (an oil used for a specific magickal purpose).

When we speak of a Practitioner performing a ritual, we may be referring to a very formalized procedure, or nothing more than their dabbing a bit of oil on their body.  Regardless of the complexity of the ritual involved, when a Practitioner uses oils as an aid in manifesting a desired result, a three-step process is initiated.

(1)   If the ritual is performed in an appropriate manner, the oil’s natural properties will assist in the creation of an energy field or pattern on the physical plane, which is consistent with producing the desired result. Performing the ritual in an appropriate manner simply means the Practitioner is very clear in their own mind about what it is they are attempting to manifest, and they have visualized it manifesting in such a way that it will be for the greater good of all.  “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it” definitely applies. 

The process of creating appropriate energy fields (thought forms) is too extensive a topic to be included here and will be covered in another article, but the proper use of energy fields can be illustrated using music as an example.  If you wish to create a cheery environment by means of the use of music, you would play music that you believe to be cheerful, you would not choose to play a funeral dirge. 

Similarly, if you wish to use an oil to assist you in obtaining a job, you would select an oil with known energy properties that are in harmony with the areas of: employment, professions, prosperity, etc.  To fine tune the oil’s properties, you would then create in your mind an image of the type of job that you want.

I recommend writing out the desired result and spending as much time on the wording as required, until you can state your desire in as precise a manner as you are able, using the fewest possible words.  The clearer and simply stated the written desired result, the more force the created energy pattern will have.

(2) The energy pattern created in step (1) above generates a sympathetic energy pattern in the non-physical realms.  In most Traditions followed by Practitioners, the non-physical realms are understood to be without the limitations regarding time and space (distance) that are experienced on the physical plane.  This lack of limitation with respect to distance in particular, explains how a simple physical ritual can sometimes bring about results at great distances.

The energy pattern that is produced in the non-physical realm will not result in the physical creation of a manifested desire directly.  Rather, it assists by producing an energy environment favorable to creating the desired result.  In the example given regarding the obtaining of employment, you will not wake up the day after the ritual to find that you are gainfully employed in the perfect job.

(3)  The sympathetic energy pattern generated in the non-physical realms creates additional sympathetic energy patterns in the physical realm, in areas and circumstances that you would not ordinarily be directly aware of.  The sympathetic energy pattern formed in step (2) provides a favorable environment for getting that job, but on the physical plane you still have to send out resumes, go to job interviews, be presentable, and have at least some of the qualifications that the job requires.

If you still have to do all of this, why bother to use the oil in the first place?  One way to look at it is in terms of opportunity.  The use of the proper oil, associated with the proper ritual, can help generate opportunities. Someone who knows someone may casually mention to you that his or her friend’s company is hiring right now.  If you hadn’t used the oil, they might not have thought to mention it to you.  Most of the successful results that come by way of using ritual could be dismissed as coincidence, but as long as the desired results are obtained, does it matter?

Blending Your Own Purpose Oils

Individual oils have their own specific properties derived from the plants the oils are produced from, and can be used with excellent result by themselves, for the purposes associated with those properties. Why then do we need to blend oils? 

The answer lies in the complexity of the desired result.  If the Practitioner is interested in creating an environment conducive to restful sleep and pleasant dreams, the use of a little Lavender Oil in their bedroom while they sleep is all that would be required.  If however, the desired result were restful sleep accompanied by dreams that may contain messages from their spirit guides or teachers, a drop or two of Sandalwood added to the Lavender would be appropriate.  Sandalwood helps to open channels of communication between the physical realm and our guides, teachers and ancestral spirits residing in the non-physical. And like Lavender, Sandalwood is associated with the Planet Mercury and the Element Air, so no conflict will occur with respect to their individual properties when used together. Both Lavender and Sandalwood are also known as protection oils, which would be a desirable property for oils used for attempting to communicate with the spirit realm.

Blended Oil Recipes vary from the simple, like the one just given, to complicated blends containing as many as twenty or thirty oils.  In blending oils for Magickal purposes, how pleasant the resulting aroma is, is not deemed to be as important as how effective the blend is in assisting the Practitioner in obtaining the desired result.  In fact, the scent produced as a result of some effective combinations of oils, I find to be positively offensive.  However, when developing a new oil recipe, a pleasant final scent is to be preferred whenever possible, if for no other reason than you will be more likely to actually use the oil after you blend it, if it has a pleasant scent.

  •   Choosing a Purpose Oil formula.

    • Formulas found in books.

      • Easiest for someone just starting to blend oils.

      • Caution! Some of the formulas provided in the books listed in the Reading List are excellent, but some are too close to the dark end of the spectrum for my liking and should probably be avoided.

      • When a formula is available for the desired purpose from one of these books it is perfectly fine to use them as they are.

      • Substitutions for ingredients listed in the formula, but not available can be found in an appendix in Cunningham’s “The Complete Book Of Incense, Oils & Brews” or by using the Advanced Search Function on our website.

      • If a “canned” formula cannot be located for the purpose in mind, then you will have to develop your own.

    •    Developing your own formula.

      • Defining Purpose/Intent

        If you cannot clearly define the purpose of the finished oil, or state the intention behind the purpose, then you are not ready to blend.

        The Purpose must be spelled out, for example

        My purpose is to create an Oil of Protection, that the Petitioner may block any and all curses, evil spirits, negative thought forms and/or hexes, sent by anyone to do harm to the Petitioner, whether their sending was intentional or as the result of careless thought.

      • Selecting Properties That Are Consistent With The Purpose

        Before you can select the specific oils for use in the blend, you need to list the kinds of properties that will be consistent with the stated purpose, in this case Protection.  Some of the properties found using the Advanced Search Function in the Shoppe section of this website, listed under “Associated Magickal Uses,” that could indicate a potential protection oil ingredient would be:  Protection, Spell Breaking, Good Luck, Psychic Protection, Healing, Purification, Strength, or Exorcism.

      • Selecting Oils That Have The Desired Properties

        After making a list of oils that have one or more of the uses listed, find as much information as you can on each of the oil’s with respect to Planet, Element, Gender, and the names of any Deities, associated with the plant that was the source of the essential oil.

        Try to determine which oils appear to be compatible.  Two oils with Venus and Mars as their respective Planets might work well together in some oil formulas, but cancel each other out in others.

  •   Carrier Oils

    • Many formulas found in books on the subject list only the essential oil ingredients, but most blends also require the use of a carrier oil.  A carrier oil does just what the name implies, it carries the essential oils that make up the blend formula.  The finished blend of essential oils are added to the carrier oil as the last step in the blending process

    • There are a number of reasons for using carrier oils, the most common of which is safety.  Most blends of pure essential oils are very aggressive when placed on the skin; they can cause burns, or at the very least, skin irritation.  By diluting the oil blend in the carrier oil the likelihood of skin irritation is diminished.  Some types of carrier oils that are also used in skin care products add a healing property to the oil blend, further countering the essential oil’s aggressive qualities.

    • Carrier Oils Commonly Used In Blending Include:

      • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

        Inexpensive and readily available, but is very sensitive to exposure to light and heat, which can cause it to become rancid fairly quickly.

      • Sunflower Oil

        An excellent oil for use when the formula calls for yellow or golden carrier oil, and for purposes that are dynamic in nature.  Longer shelf life (length of time before the oil goes “bad”) than Olive Oil, but will eventually go rancid too.

      • Sesame Oil

        Reasonable shelf life, not too expensive, best used for purposes related to love and/or enhanced sexuality.

      •  Apricot Kernel Oil

        Reasonable shelf life, not too expensive, used for a wide variety of purposes, color may vary.

      • Holly Oil

        Made from oil distilled from the Holly plant and blended with Jojoba Oil, it is popular in Canada for use as massage oil.  A clear, light oil that will not stain clothes, it is absorbed by the skin very quickly and does not leave an oily residue.  It has a very long shelf life, but has an unfortunate tendency to separate from the essential oils in the blend, requiring the shaking up of the oil before use each time.

      • Jojoba (not actually an oil, but a plant wax)

        The most expensive of the carrier oils listed, but has an almost indefinite shelf life, (doesn’t go rancid).  Golden in color, it is very good for the skin and for absorbing the properties of the oil blend.  It is the thickest of all the oils listed here, making it easy to control the amount of oil blend being applied to the body or a candle.

  •   Proportions

    • Proportions refer to the relative quantity of each ingredient used.  The smallest single quantity used is generally listed as having a proportional value of 1.  An ingredient requiring three times as much be used in the blend as the smallest ingredient, would therefore have a proportional value of 3.

    •  To translate the proportions into quantities, you would add up the total proportions listed for each ingredient.  For example, a formula with four ingredients with the following proportions would have a total of 20 parts

 Carrier Oil10
 Oil #13
 Oil #23
 Oil #32
 Oil #4    2
 Total Parts20

You then divide the amount of final quantity of oil desired; say two drams,
by the total number of parts.

2 drams/20 parts = 0.1 drams per part, getting a value for each part of 1/10th of a dram.

Multiplying the Number of Drams per Part times the number of parts for each ingredient,
would result in the following quantities for each of the oils listed:

 Carrier Oil1.0drams
 Oil #10.3drams
 Oil #20.3drams
 Oil #30.2drams
 Oil #40.2drams
  •  Writing the Formula

    • The oils are generally listed in order of their percentage of the whole, i.e. the ones with the largest quantities are listed first.  However, they can be listed in any order that seems reasonable to you.

    • Start the Oil Recipe with the list of ingredients and either their actual quantities or their proportions.

  •   Invocation

    • List each of the ingredients with their Planetary and Element properties, calling on the Spirits of the Herb the oil was derived from to assist in fulfilling the proposed purpose of the oil.

    • Using Bay oil as an example, each ingredient’s listing in the formula might look something like this:

      By the Power of  (use the name of the deity that you draw your power from), do I call upon the Spirit of This Herb, Bay, to bring the qualities of the Sun and the Element Fire,

    • At the end of the list of Invocations for the individual ingredients, you write out the purpose that you defined for the oil blend before you started.  For example: 

      By the Power of (use the name of the deity that you draw your power from), do I call upon the Spirits of these Herbs to combine their qualities, creating an Oil with the power to fulfill the purpose in mind, and that purpose is to create an Oil of Protection, that the user may block any and all curses, evil spirits, negative thought forms and/or hexes, sent by anyone to do harm to the Petitioner, whether their sending was intentional or as the result of careless thought, and it be, For The Greater Good Of All.

    • Writing the Charge

      • Usually, the charge is simply a re-statement of the purpose as it was written for the Invocation.  At times though, it may be appropriate to modify the Invocation, to add a particular emphasis to some part of the intended purpose.

      • An example of a charge for the Protection Oil might read:

        By the Power of (use name of Deity or Guardian), do I call upon the Spirits of the Herbs brought together in this Oil to create an Oil that will block any and all curses, evil spirits, negative thought forms and/or hexes, sent by anyone to do harm to the Petitioner, whether their sending was intentional or as the result of careless thought, and it be, For The Greater Good Of All. 

    • Performing the Charge

      • After the oils are combined and mixed with the carrier oil, one final step remains; the blended oil must be charged with the Practitioner’s intent, (energy/thought/emotion).

      • The container of finished oil is held using both hands, or if the container is too large to be held for a period of several minutes without difficulty, the hands are placed upon either side of the container where it sits.

      • After a brief moment used by the Practitioner to center, focusing only on the intended purpose for the oil, the Charge is recited.

      • A few more moments are spent visualizing the desired result.  The more effectively the Practitioner can “feel” the power that would create the purpose, in this case Protection, the better the oil will work for the Practitioner.  To visualize protection, you might see yourself surrounded by strong walls of great height creating a feeling of being safe and secure.  Or you might envision a great shield of pure energy that sends out lighting bolts to destroy any threat that approaches.  Having a highly developed sense of imagination is very helpful for this step.  The visualization should be something that you can create with great intensity, and that is consistent with your beliefs.

      • When the visualization has reached an intensity that you are satisfied with, you release the energy into the container by making a statement such as “So Mote It Be!” or “So Be It” in a firm and loud manner (however, you don’t need to yell at the oil).

And that’s it, your blended oil is finished.

  •   Recommended Equipment and Tools

    • Bottles of several different sizes, 1 dram, 2 dram, 8 dram, 2 ounce, etc.

    • Eye Droppers for measuring out oil in small proportions

    • Book of Shadows (blank book) for recording the oil formulas, charges, and effectiveness of tested oil formulas, etc.

    •  Lots of paper towels

    • Alcohol for cleanup

    • Labels for the bottles

    • A work surface that won’t be ruined by spilled essential oils or the alcohol used to clean up the spills.  The marble or granite slabs about two feet in width that kitchen shops sell for working bread dough are perfect as long as they are made of real marble or granite, not a resin substitute.

  •   Choosing an Appropriate Location To Do The Blending

    • Optimally you will have a place with close access to a sink for washing your glassware and cleanup, and where you can perform the entire operation without interruption.

    • All phones, computers, radios, stereos, etc. must be turned off or unplugged.  A phone suddenly ringing can break your concentration just as you are charging the blended oil, so I don’t recommend leaving phones that are close to your blending area plugged in.

    • There should be enough room to be able to stand next to the blending table or counter area and swing an outstretched arm in all directions. 

  •   Protecting The Process

    • Although not everyone who blends oils does so, I highly recommend that the Practitioner cast a circle or some sort of protective energy barrier about the work area before the actual blending process begins.  This is not because there are any suspected outside forces lurking about just waiting for the opportunity to ruin someone’s new batch of oil, but to shield the oil being blended from all energy and/or thought forms other than that intentionally created by the Practitioner doing the blending operation.  The more pure the intent that can be put into the finished oil, the more focused the result will be.  Think of it as a method of keeping noise due to static out of the finished product.

    • The use of the Kabalistic Cross, or other form of protection/banishing ritual between each step of the process is also recommended.

  •   To sum up, a possible sequence of steps for the total blending process might be:

    • Assemble all ingredients, tools and supplies.

    • Turn off all potential distractions, close doors and windows for privacy, unless ventilation is a problem.

    • Perform the Kabalistic Cross or other protection method.

    • Cast the Circle

    • Perform the Kabalistic Cross or other protection method.

    • Perform the Invocation, placing the right hand over each container of oil as you invoke the Spirits of that oil.

    • Perform the Kabalistic Cross or other protection method.

    •  Blend the Oils

    • Perform the Kabalistic Cross or other protection method.

    • Charge the blended Oil

    • Perform the Kabalistic Cross or other protection method.

    • Open the Circle

  • Astrological Timing

    • To be covered next article.  For now, avoid blending on days when the moon is “Void of Course.”

Reference Books for Blending Purpose Oils

Those books marked with a cauldron are recommended as the first Reference Books

for blending both oils and incense to add to your personal Practitioner’s Library.

1.  A Compendium of Herbal Magick
by Paul Beyerl
Published by Phoenix Publishing, Inc., Custer, WA

2.  The Complete Book Of Incense, Oils & Brews 
by Scott Cunningham
Published by: Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN

3.  Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs 
by Scott Cunningham|
Published by: Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN

4.  Enchantments, 200 Spells for Bath & Beauty Enhancement
by Edain McCoy
Published by: Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN

5.  The Magical And Ritual Use Of Perfumes
by Richard Alan Miller and Iona Miller

Published by: Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont

6.  Magical Aromatherapy
by Scott Cunningham
Published by: Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN

7.  The Master Book of Herbalism  
by Paul Beyerl
Published by Phoenix Publishing, Inc., Custer, WA

8.  Wylundt’s Book of Incense, A Magical Primer  
by Steven R. Smith
Published by: Samuel Weiser, Inc., York Beach Maine

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