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How to Make Herb-Infused Magickal Oils

Updated on November 12, 2019
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Jennifer has been a practicing Witch and Priestess of the Goddess for over 20 years.

Herb Infused Anointing Oils
Herb Infused Anointing Oils | Source

Why Make Your Own Magickal Oil?

Beyond being an excellent project for the beginning herbalist or herb witch, there are many reasons why you may wish to make your own anointing oil. Some witches, pagans, and/or wiccans feel very strongly about making their own magickal tools and supplies. Some traditions even require it.

When you make your own magickal materials and tools you put your own energy and power into it thereby imbuing it with more of your magick. When making herbal supplies you can go a step further and grow the herbs yourself whenever possible. When each ingredient has a deep connection to you, the overall magick and power will be enhanced.

You have complete control over the ingredients when you make it yourself. Some wiccans, witches, and/or pagans prefer that their magickal tools be 100% natural and free of any synthetic material. Some traditions encourage this as well.

If issues like organic, sustainability, ethical harvesting, fair trade, your carbon footprint,and/or harming none are also important to you, you will be able to ensure that each ingredient is up to your standard.

Again when possible growing your own magickal herbs for use as ingredients is the best way to achieve this. You can even harvest them on a magickally charged or significant day such as a Full or Dark Moon, a Sabbat, or a day of the week connected to a planet whose influences you wish to harness. Even if you aren’t able to grow your own, you can still be mindful of where you get your herbs and supplies and choose the day you buy them.

Days of the Week
Planetary Association
Intentions
Monday
Moon
Lunar magick, love, divination, blessing, healing, purification
Tuesday
Mars
Fiery influences, taking action, protection
Wednesday
Mercury
Communication, travel, good luck
Thursday
Jupiter
Prosperity, Success, riches, good fortune, blessings
Friday
Venus
Love, relationships, healing
Saturday
Saturn
Reversals, protection, underworld energy
Sunday
Sun
Health & healing, success, good luck, good fortune, happiness

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Supplies

  • Herbs or herb blend of your choice
  • Carrier oil
  • Oil bottles to store your oil
  • Cheesecloth sieve or mesh strainer
  • Motor & pestle, food processor, or powerful blender (capable of chopping herbs, roots, and sticks)
  • Labels
  • Magickal Intention
  • Optional: Candy or kitchen thermometer, decorations for your bottles (ribbon, stickers, a charm, etc), vitamin E oil
  • Depending on which method you use, you may also need: Double boiler, crock pot, glass jar with a lid, wax paper, brown paper bag, sunny or consistently warm area such as outside or a sunny windowsill or a cool dark place

Some Herbs, Oils, and Magickal Intentions

Some Magickal Intentions
Some Herb Choices
Some Oil Choices
Moon
White roses, Mugwort, Moonflower, Jasmine, Mint, Pau D'arco
Rose, Sandalwood, Mint, Clary Sage, Ylan Ylang
Love
Rose, Ivy, Lavender, Yarrow
Apple, Rose, Lavender, Vanilla
Money & Riches
Basil, Cinnamon, Money plant, Nutmeg, Dill
Patcholi, Orange, Ginger
Protection
Rosemary, Rue, Black Pepper, Fennel, Garlic
Rosemary, Basil, Clove, Dragon's Blood
Purification
Lavender, Mint, Rosemary, Sage
Clary Sage, Tea Tree, Lavender, Eucalyptus
Courage
Basil, Chives, Nettles, Rosemary
Dragon's Blood, Rosemary, Ginger
Fertility
Cinnamon, Mint, Coriander, Rose
Fig, Apple, Rose, Patchouli
Clarity & Insight
Sage, Mugwort, Lemongrass, Marjoram
Lemon, Clary sage, Mint

Instructions

Select which infusion method you wish to use first so that you can gather the proper supplies.

Just like when you harvest your herbs, you may wish to select a specific day to make your oil. Again, Full & Dark Moons, Sabbats, Eclipses, or a day of the week whose planetary influence you wish to tap into are all good options.

I like to cast circle around my entire house when I’m making something for magickal use. And you may wish to create sacred space as well. This can be as simple or as formal a process as you like or your tradition dictates. You may also wish to play some of your favorite witchy, pagan, or magickal music while you work, to help set the tone. Burn some incense, light some candles, create sacred space.

Grind herbs with motor and pestle, food processor, or powerful blender. If you don’t have any of those, you may wish to buy your herbs ‘cut and sifted’. You can also chop dried herbs with a sharp kitchen knife or crumble whole herbs you’ve dried yourself with your hands.

You may wish to sing or chant over the herbs as you grind them. It can be a general blessing chant, or you can use one that matches the intention you’ve set for the oil.

Herbal Infusion
Herbal Infusion

Solar Method

Sometimes called the ‘folk’ or ‘simplers’ method, this is the oldest technique and harnesses the power and magick of the Sun in addition to the magickal properties of the herbs. Despite the use of the sun, this is considered a cold infusion as it uses an indirect heat source rather than the ones that use direct heat such as a stove top or crockpot.

Additional Supplies for this method:

  • completely dry, sterilized, glass jar with a lid
  • wax paper
  • sunny or consistently warm area such as outside or a sunny windowsill
  • paper bag (optional)

Directions:

  1. You may wish to decorate your jar or draw magickal symbols or sigils on it to match your intention.
  2. Place your cut herbs in the glass jar. Don't pack it tightly or there won't be room for the oil. Be sure to leave at least 1 to 3 inches of open space at the top of the jar so you can fill it with oil.
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with your carrier oil. Make sure to cover your herbs with at least 1 inch or more of oil.
  4. Cover the top of the jar with a small square of natural wax paper then seal the jar tightly. The wax paper will keep any harmful chemicals that may be coating the inside of your lid from contaminating the oil.
  5. Roll the jar back and forth in your hands and tip it upside down and back upright, to make sure that the herbs are well saturated with oil. You may wish to sing or chant while you do this.
  6. Place in a warm spot outside but not in direct sunlight unless you are using a dark colored bottle or jar. You can also place the jar in a paper bag to avoid direct sunlight. If the weather is cold, or outside isn’t an option you can put the jar on a warm, sunny windowsill inside.
  7. Leave the oil steeping. Some herbalist let their oil infuse for 2-3 weeks, others 3-4 weeks and some for 4-6 weeks. Do what feels right to you and what your schedule will allow.
  8. Check on it every day or so. Give it a gentle roll back and forth and tip the jar upside down a few times. This helps to release the herbal properties and keeps everything well covered. Feel free to sing or chant when you do this. If the herbs emerge above the surface of the oil at any point while infusing, pour more oil on top to ensure the herbs remain covered.
  9. When the infusion time is up, strain the herbs out of the oil using cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer, then throw away or compost the herbs. If using a cheesecloth, squeeze the cheesecloth hard to get every last drop of your precious oil.
  10. Pour the oil into prepared bottles or jars. You may wish to add a few drops of Vitamin E oil to each bottle as a preservative.
  11. Label with the name and/or intention of your oil, date made and any astrological information you wish to include. You can also decorate the bottle to match its intention or purpose.
  12. Keep this oil in a cool, dark place. Most infused oils generally last for a year or longer. However, oils can go rancid. Discard if it begins to smell off.

Shadow Infusion
Shadow Infusion | Source

Shadow Infusion

This is a good method to use if the intention for your oil is protection, banishing, connected to dark Goddesses, dark Gods, the dark moon, dark faeries, dark elves, the underworld, and/or the shadow realms.

Additional Supplies for this method:

  • glass jar with a lid
  • wax paper
  • Paper bag
  • Cool, dark location

Directions:

  1. Follow steps 1-5 from the solar infusion directions.
  2. Place the jar in a cool, dark place (rather than the sun) for about six weeks.
  3. Tip the jar over day or so to disperse the herbs through the oil. You may wish to sing or chant while you do this
  4. When time is up, strain, label and store.
  5. Follow steps 9-12 from the solar infusion directions.

Oven

Additional Supplies for this method: large ovenproof dish, oven

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Put your herbs and carrier oil in a large ovenproof dish. You may wish to sing or chant over your herbs and oil at this point to enchant them with your intention.
  3. When the oven reaches 250 degrees turn it off.
  4. Put your herb and oil filled dish in the oven, uncovered.
  5. Leave in your oven for 24 hours.
  6. After the 24 hours are up, follow steps 9-12 from the solar infusion directions.

Stovetop Method #1

Additional Supplies for this method:

  • glass jar with a lid
  • wax paper
  • pot or saucepan
  • water

Directions:

  1. Follow steps 1-5 from the solar infusion directions.
  2. Fill your saucepan ¼ of the way full with water.
  3. Place your herb and oil filled jar in the saucepan.
  4. Simmer for 4-8 hours.
  5. Remove jar from the saucepan and allow to cool.
  6. Follow steps 9-12 from the solar infusion directions.

Stovetop Method #2

Additional supplies for this method: Pot or Saucepan

Directions:

  1. Place your cut herbs in the saucepan and completely cover with your carrier oil. Leave at least an inch or two of oil above the herbs.
  2. Heat over low heat for about an hour or so.
  3. Stir frequently! You will really need to keep an eye on this one to prevent scorching. Once you scorch an infused oil you will never be able to fully remove that scorched smell.
  4. Turn off the heat, and let the mixture sit for a couple of days.
  5. Follow steps 9-12 from the solar infusion directions.

Double Boiler Method

Additional Supplies for this method:

  • double boiler or a heat proof bowl and saucepan
  • water
  • thermometer

This method is very similar to the Stovetop 2 method, but the double boiler makes scorching less likely. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can make one using a heat proof bowl and a saucepan. Just fill the sauce pan 1/4-1/3 of the way with water and sit the bowl on top of it. You can also use a crock pot or an electric yogurt maker make for this method.

Directions:

  1. Place your cut herbs in the top part of your double boiler (or bowl, crock pot, or yogurt maker) and completely cover with your carrier oil. Leave at least an inch or two of oil above the herbs.
  2. Gently heat the herbs and oil over low heat for 1-5 hours or until the oil takes on the fragrance and color of the herbs. If using a thermometer keep the temperature between 100° and 140° F. If it gets too warm, turn off the heat for a bit.
  3. As you stir the herbs and oil you may wish to enchant them by singing or chanting.
  4. When the oil has reached the desired color and fragrance, turn off heat and allow to cool.
  5. Follow steps 9-12 from the solar infusion directions.

Makeshift Double Boiler
Makeshift Double Boiler

Crockpot Method

This is an excellent method for infusing multiple oils at once. Depending on how big your crockpot is you can put a few different jars in at the sane time.

Additional Supplies for this method:

  • Crockpot
  • glass jar with a lid
  • wax paper

Directions:

  1. Follow steps 1-5 from the solar infusion directions.
  2. Place a hand or dish towel in the bottom of the slow cooker. This will help keep direct heat off jars and allow for an even distribution of heat. It also helps to pad the jars so they don’t bump the pot which could cause them to break or chip.
  3. Fill your slow cooker about half-way with water. This is similar to water baths used in canning.
  4. Turn slow cooker on the “warm” setting to preheat.
  5. Put your jars in slow cooker on top of the towel. The water should be about ¾ of the way up the jars. If not add more water.
  6. Turn your crock pot on low and infuse for 8-12 hours Temperature should remain between 100° – 120°. You may want to check the temperature every few hours – if it gets too hot just turn off the slow cooker for a bit.
  7. Stir or gently shake jars a few times during the infusion process.
  8. Follow steps 9-12 from the solar infusion directions.

Uses

Once made you can use your anointing oil for all manner of ritual and magick. Below are some ideas to get you started, but don't stop there. Get creative.

  • Anointing candles, altar items, poppets, or mojo bags.
  • Anointing self and/or others in ritual
  • Ingesting the magick – you can used your herb infused oil as a cooking oil in your kitchen witchery practice. (**only use culinary herbs for this type of infusion**)
  • Absorbing the magick – you can use your oil as a face and body oil, or for magickal massage. This allows you to completely absorb the magick and energy of your creation. It's also helpful for glamoury magick. Although quite lovely, massage need not be done by another person. You can massage your magickal oil into your feet so that you walk in your magick and power. Or you can massage it into whatever part of your body you feel needs the magick. Make a fast money oil and massage it into your hands (or anoint your purse or wallet).
  • Soak in the magick - use your magick oil as a bath oil for bath or water rituals. You will literally be soaking in your own magick, power, and energy. If you don't have a bathtub you can simply soak your feet in a large bowl or cauldron of water and add your oil to that.

Magickal Herb Blends

Below are some sample blends to get you started. Once you have your herb blend follow the directions for the method you've selected.

Don't feel limited by these. Research herbs and intentions and create your own blends based on your ritual and spellwork needs.

Moon Oil - Equal parts

  • White rose petals
  • Clary sage
  • mugwort
  • mint

Sun King Oil - equal parts

  • Sunflower petals
  • Calendula
  • Chamomile
  • Lemon balm

Sacred Circle/Consecration oil - equal parts

  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Cedar

Abundance/Success Anointing Oil

  • 2 parts Orange
  • 1 part Ginger
  • 1 part Cinnamon

Prosperity Cooking Oil

  • Basil
  • Olive oil

Some Additional Thoughts and Considerations

Dried herbs
Dried herbs

Herbs

When it comes to selecting herbs, you want to be sure to use a reputable supplier. Whenever possible, use organic herbs to ensure you aren’t adding any synthetic chemicals to your creations.

Always use dried herbs when creating an herb-infused oil as too much water content from the fresh herbs could cause your oil to become rancid.

Make sure the herbs you are using have color and fragrance. If their color is extremely dull and they have virtually no odor, you can consider these herbs dead. While a nice addition to your compost pile, dead herbs aren’t suitable for creating a magickal oil.

It’s best to begin by deciding what you want the intention of your anointing oil to be. This can be anything you like such as: Blessing, Reversing, Protection, Consecration, Moon, Sun, Magick, Love, Fast Money, Purification, etc. Select the herb(s) you use based on your intention.

**CAUTION: Do not use any herb you are allergic to or may be allergic to. It’s always best to research each herb and its family just to be sure there are no contraindications. Always crosscheck herb and medication contraindications as well. Always use caution and commonsense when working with herbs.

When making magickal cooking oils for kitchen witchery - ONLY use culinary herbs!

To check for skin reactions, do a skin test. Place a small amount of the infused oil on the inside of your inner forearm/elbow. Leave for 12-24 hours. Check for any reaction. Do NOT use if reaction occurs.

Carrier Oils

Select the carrier oil you wish to use. The quality of the carrier oil will influence the quality of the finished product. This is especially true in the case of cooking oils for kitchen magick. Below is a brief description of some common carrier oils to help you decide. Don’t feel like you can only use these oils. Use whatever works best for you in the moment. You may wish to keep your intention in mind when you select your carrier oil, and let that be your guide.

Olive oil is a common choice as it is readily available at most grocery stores. This is also an good choice if you plan to make use your infused oil for kitchen magick. You can use any kind of extra virgin olive oil you like. However if you want the highest quality olive oil that can be tricky to find as unfortunately there is a lot of fraud in the world of olive oil. Often olive oil is adulterated with other oils before being put on the shelf. Here are some quick tips to finding ‘real’ olive oil.

  • First off you will want to look for the words ‘first press’, even better if it has a 'pressed on' or 'harvest date’.
  • If you see the free fatty acidity level, or FFA, listed that's a great sign, only high-quality producers will usually list it. Truly excellent oils have an FFA of 0.2 percent or lower.
  • Get certified organic to avoid synthetic chemicals and GMO’s.
  • Look for third party certification from The European Union's Protected Designation of Origin (PDO); Italy's DOP; or the "COOC Certified Extra Virgin" seal from the California Olive Oil. The California Olive Oil Council or COOC has the most stringent standards of the three.
  • Lastly if you ever find Chilean or Australian olive oil – buy it! They are always fresh and real. Neither country mixes in oil from the previous harvest and Australia has the most stringent standards and a highly advanced testing system.

Carrier oils
Carrier oils | Source

Coconut oil is another common choice. Be sure to look for both certified organic and fair trade as the over harvesting of palm oils is devastating orangutan habitats. Also keep in mind that if left in the fridge it will solidify. This won’t hurt the oil however if you wish to use it as an anointing oil you will want it to get to room temperature enough to liquefy.

Apricot Kernel and Sweet Almond oil: These two oils most closely resemble sebum, the natural oil produced by our skin. This makes both oils an excellent choice if you plan to use your magickal oil as an enchanted face, body, or massage oil.

Grapeseed oil: This is another oil that can be found at the grocery store. It’s not as viscous as olive oil, so it absorbs more quickly and doesn’t leave as much of an oily residue. This may be important if you plan on using it on your face or body.

Jojoba oil: Not technically an oil but a wax. Because of this, unlike oils, it won’t go rancid, making it a popular choice. It will solidify if stored in the fridge. So again you may wish to bring it to room temperature prior to use.

Amber oil bottles
Amber oil bottles | Source

Select your oil bottle

The size you choose will depend on how much oil you make. Keep in mind however, that your oil won’t last indefinitely. Also, oxygen will cause your oil to start to break down, so several small bottles are preferred over one large one.

Colored glass bottles such as amber, cobalt, or dark green will add to the shelf life of your oil(s). You may even wish to match the color of the bottle with your intention for the oil as well. Some intention examples are listed below but don’t be limited by them. Use whatever feels right as your own intuition is always the best guide when making magick.

Glass Color
Intention
Clear Glass
General magick, Air, blessing, moon, purification
Amber
General magick, sun, fire, animals/pets/familiars, protection, reversing, good fortune, magick
Cobalt
Water, moon, healing, psychic abilities, blessing, purification
Dark Green
Earth, faeries, nature magick, love, money & prosperity, good luck, good fortune, healing, tree magick

Closing Thoughts

Magick is a craft. Whether you identify as a witch, pagan, and/or wiccan, making your own magickal oils is an excellent way to practice your craft and imbue your magickal tools with your own power and energy. I hope this guide inspires you to practice, create and make your own magick!

Blessed Be.

References and Resources

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils, and Brews by Scott Cunningham

Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family by Rosemary Gladstar

Mountain Rose Herbs

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Jennifer Jorgenson

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      Thank you so much. I"m glad you found it of interest.

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