Happy New Year!

Quadrivium Supplies has now been in business for a WHOLE YEAR! We started out with five oil mixes sold in a Chicago occult store and a Notepad-coded website. Now we’ve got 20 oils, a gorgeous website from Xarc Design, the coolest Q-logo ever and nifty custom bottle labels from Amy at Not Dead Yet Studios, and we sell at a number of online and retail establishments.

My apologies for going “dark” for the last month – hip surgery and the holiday season make a potent combination. I have a number of blog posts that should get finished over the next few weeks, about exciting topics like solid material in magical oils and even MORE information on the lack of any kind of governing body over essential oils and their purity. My “MLM Essential Oil Scam” post is still, by far, the most popular post on this blog, and recently received an absolutely EPIC comment from a Young Living distributor who pretty much made the case for Young Living being a scam by her defense of it.

(If you’re someone considering Young Living, using Young Living, selling Young Living, or concerned about a friend or family member being involved in Young Living, here’s the Quackwatch report on Gary Young – which, surprise, comes to the conclusion that he and his company make outrageous, unsubstantiated claims about their oils. There’s a good short rundown of the major issues with Gary Young and his business from an aromatherapy perspective at aromaticsage.com, and a link in the earlier blog post to a report by Cropwatch about the lack of regulation in essential oil production and how the vast majority of Young Living’s claims about certification, grading, and purity are at best misleading and at worst, actively dishonest. I hope it helps. These MLM schemes sink their hooks into people very, very deeply.)

There’s some new books on magical oils that have come out in the last few months, including Llewellyn’s Complete Formulary of Magical Oils. Give that one a miss – it’s a messy mish-mash of recipes from various traditions with no coherent underlying table of correspondence and some seriously baffling suggestions like making graveyard dirt from herbs. In contrast, Manfred Junius’s Spagyrics: The Alchemical Preparation of Medicinal Essences, Tinctures, and Elixirs was excellent and really worth the time and effort to get through, as it’s not an easy book.

Happy 2013!

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