Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years, with the aim of improving a person’s health or mood.
Aromatherapy is the use of fragrances for therapeutic purposes. This often involves the use of essential oils, other plant extracts, and various fragrant parts of plants used whole or in pieces. Their fragrance may be inhaled alone, broadcast via a diffuser, or added to other products such as massage oils, hygiene products, heat, and cold packs, and other items used for therapeutic purposes.
Fragrance can also be used to heighten the mood of an area and aromatherapeutic concepts may be added to magick by bringing fragrance into your situation to enhance the energy you are cultivating through your spellwork.
Aromatherapy is normally used through inhalation or as a topical application. But you can also use:
- aromatic spritzers
- bathing salts
- body oils, creams, or lotions for massage or topical application
- facial steamers
- hot and cold compresses
- clay masks
Inhalation: the oils evaporate into the air using a diffuser container, spray, or oil droplets, or breathed in, for example, in a steam bath.
Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits.
Inhaling essential oils stimulates the olfactory system, the part of the brain connected to smell, including the nose and the brain.
Molecules that enter the nose or mouth pass to the lungs, and from there, to other parts of the body.
As the molecules reach the brain, they affect the limbic system, which is linked to emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet the holistic effect on the body.
Topical applications: massage oils, and bath and skincare products are absorbed through the skin. Massaging the area where the oil is to be applied can boost circulation and increase absorption. Some argue that areas that are richer in sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the head or the palms of the hand, may absorb the oils more effectively.
Essential oils are never applied directly to the skin. They must always be diluted with a carrier oil. Usually, a few drops of essential oil to an ounce of carrier oil is the concentration. The most common carrier oils are sweet almond oil or olive oil.
Always do an allergy test before trying a new essential oil.
How to do an allergy test:
- Dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil at twice the concentration you plan to use
- Rub the mixture into an area the size of a quarter on the inside of the forearm
If there is no allergic response within 24 to 48 hours, it should be safe to use.
To achieve a 0.5 to 1 percent dilution, use 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier. For a 5 percent dilution, add 30 drops to one ounce of carrier.
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy. It does not provide a cure for diseases, rashes, or illnesses, but it can support conventional treatment of various conditions.
It has been shown to reduce:
- Pain and body aches
- Anxiety, agitation, stress, and depression
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Muscular aches
- Circulatory problems
- Menstrual problems
- Menopausal problems
- Alopecia, or hair loss
Some types of psoriasis may find relief with aromatherapy, but a healthcare professional should advise about use and application.
Digestive problems may benefit from peppermint oil, but it should not be ingested.
Toothache and mouth sores can be relieved by clove oil, but this, too, should only be applied topically and not swallowed.
Most Popular and Helpful Essential Oils
One of the most popular essential oil is Lavender. Research shows that lavender aromatherapy has a strong relaxation effect, and helps on your sleeping pattern. The lavender essential oil has received considerable scientific research. Because of its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming, and antidepressive properties, lavender oil has been used both cosmetically and therapeutically for centuries.
- Sleep pattern
- Pain relief & Headache
- Anxiety & Stress relief
- Heals wounds & Skin complexion
- Bug repellent
- Boosts Immune System
- Improve Brain Function
Lavender is often associated with love spells, as well as for workings to bring calmness and peace. Lavender is often used in healing, for example, it promotes healing from depression. Other properties are protection and purification.
Magickal Uses: clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, happiness, healing, love, Midsummer, money, passion, peace, peace of mind, protection, psychic protection, purification, tranquility.
Lemon is another great essential oil, it smells great and it’s purifying. Diffuse a few drops of lemon essential oil when you want to cleanse your home or remove potential pathogens from your living spaces.
- Energy & Uplifts mood
- Refreshing & Cleansing
- Anti-inflammatory & Anti-oxidant
Lemons are often associated with moon magick. Lemon juice is purifying and cleansing. Lemon is used in love magick where you can add the peel to love sachets and mixtures. Use an infusion of lemon to induce lust. Create a lemon water mixture for cleansing of magickal tools, space, or yourself to remove unwanted negativity.
Magickal uses: Cleansing, spiritual opening, love, moon magick, purification, and removal of blockages.
Peppermint essential oil adds a fresh scent to your home, and it also provides health benefits. Peppermint essential oil may help with headaches, colds, blocked respiratory system, improve mental focus, and fight depression.
- Energy & Uplifts mood
- Headaches & Cold
- Concentration & Focus
- Stress relief
- Sore muscles
Peppermint is often used in healing, protection, and purification spells. Mint also attracts money, luck, and love. Tie a little mint to your wrist to keep good health. You can use the essential oil in spells to create positive changes in your life.
Magickal uses: money, protection, purification, healing, and love/lust.
Cinnamon essential oil is another popular oil, not only for its amazing smell. It has a rich, slightly sweet, earthy scent that’s inviting and comforting at the same time. For health benefits, it has properties of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-depressive, and anti-parasitic.
- Relieves depression
- Improves blood circulation
- Relieves pain
Cinnamon and cinnamon oil can be used in love spells and to make charms to draw love, happiness, and money.
Magical uses: Clairvoyance, consecration, divination, energy, good luck, love, money, passion, peace, prosperity, protection, psychic development, success.
Jasmine essential oil has been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for insomnia, anxiety, depression, low libido, and more. This oil has a sweet aromatic scent that can lift your spirit and even give a feeling of romance.
- Anxiety & Stress relief
- Energy & Uplifts mood
- Helps with sleep
Jasmine is often used in love spells and helps to promote new, innovative ideas. Used in divination (prophetic dreams) and is good for charging quartz crystals.
Magical uses: love, money, dreams, purification, wisdom, skills, astral projection, to attract love and money, for luck in general, especially in matters relating to love.
Some blends & mixes
Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Rosemary
These are all quite potent essential oils. This combination will help you gain better mental clarity and focus. This is a great blend if you need to keep your mind sharp, for example, while studying. Two drops of peppermint, two drops of cinnamon, and one drop of rosemary give a nice blend for focus.
Orange and Peppermint
If you’re not a morning bird, orange and peppermint essential oils give a good wake-up and energy boost for you. Together, these oils help to increase alertness and clear the tiredness, the things people who hate early mornings often fight. Use 3 drops of Orange and 2 drops of Peppermint to fight the tiredness when you wake up.
Lemon, Peppermint, and Lavender
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, this blend is worth a try. It can help to clear your airways and diminish your allergic response to many common allergens. Simply use three drops of peppermint, three drops of lavender, and three drops of lemon, the witchy number of 3×3.
Remember that we all react differently to the variety of essential oils, some prefer the blends in the opposite way than mentioned here. Don’t be afraid to try your personal blends, but keep in mind the disclaimers mentioned.
Magickal Witchy Aroma
Aromatherapy is nice and all, but some of you might wonder how you can actually use it in your magickal witchy activities. Through our craft we use our senses, we see and look at our surroundings, we feel and touch our tools, we taste and memorize ingredients, we hear and listen to nature and our own words, we smell and sense our spiritual space.
Visualization is an important part of our work, and each of our senses has the ability to connect us to our inner magick in deeper and more intense ways.
Every person, every home, every room, has its own scent. Some of us can even smell the atmosphere in a space, and some can smell spirits. Through aromatic scents, you can personalize your magickal work and increase its power.
By using essential oils in your magickal witchy activities you can increase your energy. Use the scents that will benefit you most whether that’s clarity and focus, energy and blood flow, or love and aphrodisiac. Find a scent that is helpful in your meditation, or use a scent to connect to your spirit guides.
The scent itself becomes another important part of your spells, and it provides a powerful trigger for your memory and emotion. You can also use scents to remember your spell after the casting, and that way strengthens the magickal effect.
I hope this has given a bit more insight into just a few of the many essential oils out there, and how you can incorporate it into your magickal witchy touch.