Making A Ritual Oil – Part III: The Physical Oil

You’ve decided what you want your oil to do, you’ve carefully selected the essential oils and/or herbs that you’ll be using, and now you have to make your oil.
Most people make oil according to the lunar calendar, which sounds impressive, but isn’t all that hard. If you’re making an oil that increases something – money, love, success, etc. – you make it during the waxing moon. If you’re making an oil to decrease something – gossip, medical issues, a pesky neighbor’s influence, etc. – you make it during the waning moon.
Not so hard.

You’ll need some tools for your oilmaking. First, a dark glass bottle with a screw-on cap. I use amber bottlers, some people think blue is prettier (I agree, but it’s also more expensive), but I find that oils in dark bottles last longer than oils in clear bottles. You’ll need a screw-on cap rather than a cork, because most essential oils will degrade the cork material and you’ll not only have tiny bits of cork floating in your oil, but it also won’t provide an airtight seal.
Then you need pipettes. Eyedroppers work, but I prefer disposable pipettes, which can be had very reasonably on eBay for something like 20 pipettes for $2.00.
You need a clear surface to lay out your equipment. The room you’re doing this in should preferably be well-ventilated.
Also, you’ll want a pad of paper, because if this oil works for you, it’s important to have recorded the recipe so you can make it again.

When creating an oil, remember that the essential oil of the plant means it is the strongest-smelling plant essence. You’re going to be putting drops of essential oil in your bottles, not half a pipette.

First, mix your oils. Presumably, you’ve chosen the base note (strongest scent) for magical purpose and supporting notes (fainter scents) to reinforce that purpose. It may be superstition, but I always mix my oils using odd numbers of drops – 3, 5, 7, 9, etc. Put in the smallest amount of the base note that you think will give you the right scent, which may be much less than you’d thought. Note down how many drops you’re putting in. Add your secondary scents. Cap the bottle, swirl the oil around, then uncap the bottle and take a sniff. Does it work for you? Does it smell right? If not, start tinkering around until you get a mixture that smells right to you.
Add your solids – herbs, curios, minerals, resins, whatever you’d decided to put in the oil. Again, I do this in odd numbers, but that’s certainly not some kind of rule – it’s more of a personal quirk.
Finally, add your base oil. Fill the bottle almost up to the top, but don’t over fill.
Cap the bottle. Shake it. Open it again and take a whiff. Hopefully it smells right. If it doesn’t…..start over. If it smells right, put the bottle on a shelf and check it again in a few days, when the scents have had a chance to mix completely. Hopefully, it still smells right.

Clearly, this is the least exciting part of making an oil. The theoretical underpinnings are much more interesting. But as you can see, it’s not hard to mix some essential oils together with some herbs for magical purposes. It’s a lot harder to pick the right oils and the right herbs, mix them in the right proportions, and end up with something that smells the way you want it to and works the way you intend.

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