A magickal oil is a pure or mixed oil created with a specific purpose in mind by visualization.
Magickal oils are known for being used in ceremonies and rituals. Oils can also be used for both anointing people and objects like dressing charms, amulets, talismans, crystals, candles, or mojo bags. This is a great way to turn a simple item into an item with magickal power and energy.
Anointing is the purpose of rubbing a blessed or charged oil that are formulated for specific purposes. This blends the powerful energies of the oil into the object.
Oils are now incorporated in to the everyday – magickal or not. This is done by putting a few drops of certain oils in a bath, an oil burner or a diffuser. To use oils in magickal practice you can either choose oils that you like the smell of and helps you focus on spell-work or choose oils according to their specific magical correspondences. Whichever the purpose always remember to visualize a magickal goal while using oils to get the most out of them.
Types of magickal oils are:
-Anointing oils – A sacred oil that’s blessed and charged and specially formulated for a specific purpose usually for people.
-Carrier oils- vegetable and mineral oils, that are used to help dilute essential oils that might cause skin irritation.
-Condition oils- Anointing or conjure oils used to help relieve or improve someone’s condition.
-Conjure oils- A dressing oil from an ancient practice usually African, European or Native American traditions. Usually found in Hoodoo.
-Dressing oils- specially prepared oil applied to spell and ritual objects before using them to sanctify, charge, and prepare them for use.
-Essential oils- volatile, concentrated oils, with the characteristic scent of the plant/flower they are from.
-Ritual oils- oils used to anoint candles, ritual tools, material, furniture, money, and other such items, and then use to anoint the body are often also called anointing oils.
Magickal oils are most easily made by mixing essential oils or dried herbs with a carrier oil. A carrier oil won’t change the scent of the oil and dilutes it just enough to be used on the skin. My favorite carrier or base oil is jojoba. It’s technically a liquid form of wax that won’t leave your skin feeling oily. It’s recommended by Scott Cunningham to mix 5 to 7 drops of essential oil per 1/8 cup of carrier oil.
*Absolute oils are essential oils mixed with carrier oils but may contain traces of the chemical solvents. It’s a more affordable option but not recommended for medicinal or aromatherapy uses.
It’s also fun to add your own special ingredients like crystal chips, flowers, and herbs to make it your own.
Chamberlain, Lisa. Wicca Essential Oils Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Working with Magical Oils, with Simple Recipes and Spells. Wicca Shorts. Kindle Edition.
Wigington, Patti. “Magical Oils 101.” ThoughtCo. thoughtco.com/magical-oils-101-2562328.
Cunningham, Scott. “Oils.” The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews, Llewellyn Publications, 2008.
Five pages for your Book of Shadows containing 58 oil recipes and common correspondences.