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Magical Oils: How to Make Herbal Infused Oils and Uses

Updated on February 4, 2014
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Kitty has been following a pagan spiritual path for seventeen years. Because of this, she encourages others to follow their own paths.

A honeysuckle infused oil...use to sweeten one's demeanor.
A honeysuckle infused oil...use to sweeten one's demeanor. | Source

What are "Magical Oils"?

Magical Oils are simply oils that have been created with a specific intent or purpose behind them. Whether for cooking purposes, spiritual purposes, or otherwise. Herbal infused oils are being used more and more for magical and spiritual purposes, including to draw money into one's life, to draw love into one's life, to aid in meditation and trance, and the list could go on.

There are many purposes and uses for magical oils, some of which we will identify in this article. We will also talk about how to easily and properly make an herbal infused oil to be used as a magical oil.

What is an Herbal Infused Oil?

What is an herbal infused oil? An herbal infused oil is made up of an oil base and is infused with various herbs or plants over a period of time (usually from 2-4 weeks). The herbs are then usually filtered or strained out of the oil after the infusion is complete.

Squeezing the rest of the oil remnants from the herbs...
Squeezing the rest of the oil remnants from the herbs... | Source

How to Make Magical Oils: Herbal Infused Oils

Just beginning on the road of magical herbalism, you will find that making herbal infused oils is rather easy and fun. The process is not labor-intensive but is definitely enriching.

First you'll need your supplies and ingredients:

  • a small glass jar with air-tight lid (mason jars are perfect!)
  • cheesecloth or muslin
  • an oil base
  • dried herbs
  • labels

Once you have all your supplies and ingredients gathered and ready, you can make your herbal infused oil.

Here's the process of making an herbal infused oil:

  1. Fill the glass jar about 1/3 of the way full with your dried herb(s).
  2. Pour your oil base over the dried herbs and almost all the way to the top of the jar.
  3. Shake the jar gently.
  4. Label the jar with the oil base, herb, and date.
  5. Close the jar tightly and put it in a cabinet, in a dark cool place is best.
  6. Every day for a period of 2-4 weeks (the length in time is your choice), gently shake the jar twice a day.
  7. After your 2-4 weeks of the herbs infusing in the oil, open the jar.
  8. Take a piece of cheesecloth and place it over top of the jar, then secure it over the top with a rubberband.
  9. Hold the jar over another jar or bowl (whatever you're using to contain your infused oil from here on out), and let the oil strain out.
  10. Once most of the oil has strained, remove the rubberband and squeeze the oil remnants out of the herbs that are in the cheesecloth.
  11. Bottle the infused oil and be sure to label and date it!

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Always put your oils in amber bottles to preserve them. Dress them up with ribbons and labels!
Always put your oils in amber bottles to preserve them. Dress them up with ribbons and labels! | Source

Some Tips on Ingredients, Timing, Etc.

When choosing your ingredients for your magical oils, keep in mind that there are dozens and dozens of choices for both oil bases and herbs. Start out using just pure virgin olive oil as a base and whatever herbs you have on hand. I find that basil, sage, and peppers make a lovely herbal infused oil when infused in an olive oil base. But the point is to experiment with different oils.

Some of the oils available for magical oils:

  • olive oil
  • jojoba oil
  • sunflower oil
  • sweet almond oil
  • avocado oil
  • vegetable oil

TIP #1: Think about the type of oil you are using as the base and try to pair it with herbs that would compliment the taste and aroma. For instance, if you choose to use a sweet almond oil, choose floral and sweet smelling herbs as your infusing herbs instead of strong culinary herbs like basil or sage.

TIP #2: If you are making an herbal infused oil as a magical oil, remember to focus on your intent and desire while making the herbal oil and also every day when you shake the oil. Your intent and thought is what makes the oil "magical".

Some of the herbs you might consider using in your herbal infused oil:

  • lavender
  • basil and thyme
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • roses, rosebuds, rose hips
  • calendula
  • mugwort
  • peppers
  • elder flower
  • hawthorn
  • wormwood

TIP #3: Before choosing the herbs you want to use, be sure to do research on each to assure that it is safe for whatever purposes and uses you make it for. For instance, you don't want to use mugwort in an oil that you might use to anoint your skin, as mugwort is sometimes known to cause dermatitis.

Timing Tip: Depending on your intended use for your magical oil, you might want to consider the time that you begin your magical oil and the time that you bottle it. Lunar phases play an important part in creating and infusing oils. For instance, if you are making a magical oil to use in money magic, you'll want to start your oil on a New or Waxing Moon and then bottle it at the next New or Waxing Moon.

Once you're done filtering the remnants of the oil through your cheesecloth, throw the used herbs into the compost!
Once you're done filtering the remnants of the oil through your cheesecloth, throw the used herbs into the compost! | Source

Midsummer Fairy Oil Recipe (Kitty's Magical Oil Recipe)

I decided to share one of my magical oil recipes with you all.

Midsummer Fairy Oil Recipe


Sweet Almond Oil
Lavender Flowers
Elder Flowers
Hawthorn Leaf and Flower


  1. On a Waxing Moon, fill a jar 1/3 of the way with the dried herbs.
  2. Cover the herbs with the sweet almond oil, filling the jar almost to the top.
  3. Shake gently and label with the oil base, herbs, and date of creation.
  4. Put away in dark, cool place for a month and shake gently everyday.
  5. On the next Waxing Moon, strain the herbs out of the oil and label the oil with the date and ingredients (again).

How to Use Herbal Infused Oils

There are many uses for herbal infused oils, both magical and practical.

Here are some of the practical uses (depending on the ingredients and oil used):

  • culinary uses - pan frying, sauteing, etc.
  • medicinal uses - teaspoonfuls for various medicinal needs, colds, flus, coughs, depression, etc.
  • beauty and body products - as a base for salves, body creams, etc.

Here are some of the magickal uses for magical oils:

  • anointing your altar
  • anointing your tools
  • anointing yourself for meditation and visualization techniques
  • anointing your home to cleanse or protect, etc.
  • dressing candles
  • food for mojo bags, nation sacks, spell bags, etc.

Written and copyright © KittytheDreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.


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    January Moon 13 months ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

    I make my own rose oils all the time, Im going to start making Herb infused oils soon. Thanks for the information.

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    Maurice Glaude 2 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Another interest of mine but I have never tried it. Thanks for the inspiration. Bookmarking!

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    DDE - Great! Give it a shot! :)

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    I have most of the herbs you mentioned and the selection is great so easy to find.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    Silva - Thank you! Glad you liked it. :)

    Seeker7 - Yes, give it a shot and let me know if you have any questions at all. I'm actually bottling some oils that have been infusing since the last New Moon tonight!

    Nell Rose - Give it another go, Nell! I'm sure your oils were fabulous!

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Ooh I love this! lol! I haven't made oils for years! why the heck not? I used to make them back in the 90s and in fact sold some at a boot sale we did, this is great kitty, and makes me want to start again!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    What a great and interesting hub this is Kitty!

    I've never made my own oils and usually bought them in. But since reading your instructions I would love to have a go! I think oils are great for doing cleansings along with joss and of course you have the added bonus of a beautiful fragrance throughout the home.

    Great hub + voted up and shared!

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    Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

    Wow, what fun. I love this. Magical. Bookmarking . . .

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from the Ether

    ThompsonPen - Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks!

    MysticMoonlight - It is pretty easy and fun, isn't it? Thanks for reading, as always!

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    MysticMoonlight 4 years ago

    Wonderful information, kitty. I love making herbal and magical oils as well and enjoy it immensely . They are so simple and fun, it's something that just about anyone can do and enjoy. Great tips and ideas here.

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    Nicola Thompson 4 years ago from Bellingham, WA

    wonderful and informative article! Well done :)