The use of natural essential oils is widely used throughout the magical practice of witchcraft. Their energies can be utilised through spell-work, ceremony, magical rituals, meditation and cleansing. Their potency is carried by the natural essence and energies of the plant from which the oil is derived, making their uses versatile in property as well as in scent.

The simplest way to release the beautiful essence of an essential oil is to add a few drops along with a small measure of water into an oil burner. Witches can use oil burners to simply bathe their space with the intended energy, or keep them on their alter to use during their practice. It is also widely accepted that a witch might dress their candles with oil before lighting. As the wick burns and the wax melts it mixes with the oil, its scent and energies are released into the room, intensifying the energies the witch wants to work with. Candle burning, though, is a slightly more complex technique than using a simple oil burner. There are multiple avenues to consider during candle work, the work you get from the candle will depend on how you dress it, where you are in the lunar cycle, and the sort of spell you are doing. To work during a waxing moon should attract energies, and to work during a waning moon should reject and dispel energies.

It is also commonplace to add a few drops of essential oil, alongside a healthy sprinkle of salt for extra cleansing, to a ritual bath. Magical practitioners draw these baths to cleanse, center themselves and focus before embarking upon a journey of spell work. Not only this, but they are used to anoint the array of tools or ingredients that a witch might use within their craft. What this refers to is essentially using the oil and blessing the relevant apparatus during a magical ceremony as a sign of sanctification. What this process does is cleanse and purify the tools before they are used, in addition to energising the tool with the chosen intention of the witch.

Oils are also a valuable tool for natural ointments and housekeeping products. The oil from a eucalyptus plant is a useful disinfectant. Lavender oil is used to repel mosquitos and other insects. Tea tree oil, geranium oil, and a variety of others carry antibacterial properties. Peppermint oil is said to keep vermin away from the household, if used in its undiluted form on the threshold of the house and in each corner of the rooms within the home. Peppermint also carries energies that make it very good for attracting monetary abundance to its user. It’s possible to use oil bended with other oil to specify its property, as well as in its non-tampered form.

Oils are an extremely versatile and effective staple for any magical practitioner to have within their c
Magical oils are perhaps the most versatile of all the gifts available to the natural magician. Containing the essence and energies of a plant, they can be used in virtually all ceremonies and spells, and come in a dizzying variety of scents. Their uses vary from money drawing, to attracting love, to energising, clearing and purification, to name but a few. The simplest way to release their magic is simply to add a few drops to an oil burner with a little water, and use them to fragrance a room or your altar.

Magical oils can also be added to ritual baths before spellwork begins, along with a handful of salt for cleansing. They can be added to resin based incense for an extra dimension to the fragrance. They can also be used to anoint just about any magical tool or spell ingredient in your magical repertoire, including yourself. ‘Anointing’ refers to applying oils to an object or person during a religious or magical ceremony as a sign of sanctification. Anointing with oils can also cleanse and purify, as well as energise an object with your magical intentions.

Dressing candles with oils is another simple and effective use of magical oils. As the candle burns down, it either releases or dispels the energy you wish to work with – depending on how you dress the candle, what phase of the moon you are working with, and the other aspects of the spell. As a rule, anoint towards the centre of the candle for attracting, and from the centre out for releasing or banishing, and attract during a waxing moon, and dispel during a waning moon.

Essential oils are incredibly useful for natural housekeeping. They differ from fragrance oils in that they are pure distillations from the plant, not a blend of other ingredients. They can be used for disinfecting (eucalyptus oil), repelling insects such as mosquitoes (lavender oil), antibacterial purposes (tea tree, lavender, geranium and lemon), and refreshing (peppermint oil). Peppermint oil repels vermin if used undiluted on the thresholds of the home and in corners of rooms. The canny witch knows that peppermint is also a money drawing oil, and doing so would also be beneficial for abundance.

Blended oils are a popular way to attract or dispel particular energies. They’re easy to make at home if you already know which oils you prefer and which are most beneficial to you. And of course, there are various books available on the subject of magical oils which will give instructions on how to blend your own. We offer anointing oils by both Anna Riva and Pagan Dreams, in a variety of blends to reflect the many needs of the modern pagan – jinx removal, courage, purification, fast money and fast luck oil, to name a few.

The beauty of oils is in their versatility; they can be used just about anywhere without raising eyebrows. Many business owners use magical oils on their business premises, for example. And of course, by anointing yourself, you can carry their magical essences with you wherever you go, attracting good things to you with ease. Don’t be without these staples of natural magic in your daily spiritual practice.