I have been getting requests from some of you (well a number of you) who are “crafty” that is you know how to put things together to make things and you “crafty” folks have been asking me for various oil and incense recipes that cover a number of “conditions or situations”.
So I’m going to start with oils so from time to time I will publish the recipe for an Oil and what its used for and how to use it, but the one thing I’ve found out in going through my Granny’s notes and the notes from other ladies in her group as well as my researching is that there is no one exclusive formula, although you will see much the same ingredients some will be eliminated and some other things will be added.
So first I’m going to start with what is known as the carrier base oil. The Base Oil is what your essential oils and herbs will be suspended in, that which you will “marinate” the essential oils and herbs.
In the old days (I’m talking way back) Granny would pick the herbs just after the dew had dried and heat them up in the carrier oil which for her was usually Olive Oil, later Safflower Oil but keeping it was tricky because you had to be careful it didn’t go rancid. And she used an enamel pot to avoid picking up any metal from the tin pots, now cast iron wasn’t a problem, but she found that enamel pots worked very well.
I have here a list of the Carrier oils, those with * at the top of the list are the easiest to come across, either at a grocery or a health food store. The others may be found online and in metaphysical/Occult shops or gourmet shops for the nut and specialty oils.
Sweet Almond Oil *
Apricot Kernel Oil *
Evening Primrose Oil *
Fractional Coconut Oil *
Mineral Oil * (mostly for hexing or jinxing or destruction work not edible)
Castor Oil* (for banishing, hexing, destruction work not edible)
Macadamia Nut Oil
Borage Seed Oil
Kukui Nut Oil
Camellia Seed Oil (Tea Oil)
Cranberry Seed Oil
Pomegranate Seed Oil
Rose Hip Oil
Seabuckthorn Berry Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Watermelon Seed Oil
Do not use Corn Oil, nor sewing machine oil, nor motor oil, I know that the last two sound silly but I have known people who mistakenly use them. You will find that you will fall back on 2 to 4 basic oils for your work.
For the Dosage /Measurements for ingredients: Equal Parts refers usually to 1 drop, 1 gram, 1 cup, 1 tsp. or 1 oz. Unless otherwise noted.
For oil to raw material ratio here is a basic start point. 2 ounces oil per 2 tablespoons herb or flower. (so if the recipe calls for 1 tbsp the carrier oil would be 0.5oz)
Some recipes only say 1 part this and 1 part that because they feel that the person making the oil will have a sense of what is just right. I have found that it’s best to write down your exact measurements and if it doesn’t seem right the first time you can get a sense of how to adjust it.
It’s like cooking something or baking something, one time I was baking pound cake and my youngest added without my knowledge two teaspoons of lemon extract, after I had put in vanilla extract, it tasted better! So I adjusted the recipe. And that is how I share my recipe with the rest of the family.
When working with a batch, mix the oils into a larger container and then transfer into the smaller storage bottles. Using droppers to add or a pipette. Always label the batch working or Master Bottle with this information:
The Name of the Oil
The Oil Ingredients
The Date you worked it.
The Batch of oil that you make is also called “The Master Bottle” now I’ve seen Master Bottles at Metaphysical Shops and they would pour the oil into smaller bottles (much smaller bottles) when they sell the oil.
Now there are other things to consider, availability of herbs and essential oils. Some you can find in grocery stores, food markets, health food stores (great for most essential oils), some herbs you can grow yourself, even in a window box, or a garden, some you may have to order on line so tracking down a good mail order resource is essential.
And you need to be aware of some things, certain herbs and oils can burn the skin, cinnamon is one of them, cayenne pepper is another, so be careful about applying to skin, wear gloves when you’re making it and wash your hands after making it.
How do you use these oils, there are a number of applications, if you read my blog and comments section and make notes you will discover what can be done, but I’ll give you a list to make it easier on you.
The most common use is “dressing” a candle, they can be applied (very lightly) to petition papers, a few drops on mojo or gris-gris bags, some can be used to anoint amulets, or put onto a poppet, certain specific oils are used to anoint one’s altar, this is done in wicca, witchcraft, some hoodoo altars, and catholic altars but not in voodoo unless it is specific to the Orisha. That is to create a form of sacred area, they are also used to anoint working tools especially in wicca.
Certain oils can be added a drop at a time into a cleansing bath.
And on work to get rid of someone on door handles to a home or car or where a person walks depending upon the work to be done. A few oils but not all so be careful, can be applied to the skin but test first for sensitivity.
One of the first request I got was for a “Banishing Oil” recipe, it has several main ingredients but I’ve known a few people who come up with their own version.
Banishing oil should be made during the dark of the Moon to use in any rite of banishing, undoing, annulment, release or minimizing, getting rid of. You could also use this oil to anoint a black candle for use in operations of exorcism. It could be added to mop water to drive out unwanted spirits, malevolent entities, poltergeists, negative energy, etc.
Banishing oil can be used to get rid of a harmful person in your life. For this you could anoint a black image candle representing the person and burn it, or a poppet or voodoo doll and either bury it or send it in the mail to an undeliverable location, which in a form of sympathetic magic will cause the person to leave (there is more to this I’ll explain later)
You can add a few drops of the oil to the bathwater to rid yourself of harmful energy cords, anger, jealousy, addictions or any negative thought patterns that need to be released.
As I said there are a number of variations of this oil and I will post here those that I’ve found and you, Dear Reader, can find which one will work for you best.
1/2 oz. olive oil
15 drops pine essential oil
12 drops rue essential oil
10 drops peppermint oil
7 drops pepper oil
Add crushed black pepper corns and an obsidian or black onyx chip.
Mix during a waning moon for best result.
Sulfur or Garlic ***WARNING: SULFUR IS HAZARDOUS please read up on potential health hazards and safe handling before use, or better yet: substitute Garlic for Sulfur
Mix all dry ingredients together. You will note that there are no measurements here. Use your intuition and judgement in this. Mix these items well and then begin to add castor oil until you reach a desired viscosity, the amount of Sulfur should be minimal and Cinnamon and Cayenne pepper will burn the skin, handle with care.
-1/2 oz olive oil,
7 drops pepper oil (add cayenne pepper to olive oil if you wish)
-10 drops peppermint oil - or peppermint essence from icing part of a grocers plus olive oil.
-12 drops of rue or rosemary oil. You can add rue or rosemary to olive oil and put in a warm place for 3 days and strain or buy the essential oil.
-Some crushed black peppercorns
-15 drops of pine oil or some pine needles stepped in olive oil or pine essential oil for 3 days in warm place and strained.
One obsidian or black onyx stone or a small black pebble.
Blend together in an cup and put in a clean brown or dark medicine bottle. Some of these oils are volatile. Do not anoint yourself with Banishing oil, you could burn yourself. Wash your hands after using. Charge the stone or stones used after adding it and focus on the person and your intent pouring in energy and emotion. As you dress the candles you make them your magical tools. Charge again as you massage away from you that is massaging in banishing oil from middle to the ends of the candle but away from you
Dragon’s blood incense powdered from a cone or stick not burned
Let it sit in the waning moonlight with an unlit candle in it to absorb whatever energy it can for your spell, the candle to be of your choice depending upon the working you’re doing.
3 measures Sulfur Powder (Brimstone)
2 measures Sea Salt
1 measure Black Pepper
1 measure Cayenne Pepper
½ measure Rue
Carrier Oil (e.g.: Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Mineral Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil)
For a powder for this one Optional: Arrowroot Powder for bulk
To be made on the night of a Waning Moon or a Dark Moon.
2 parts Cinammon
2 parts black pepper
2 parts cumin
1 part cayenne
Cover with Castor Oil, allow to sit for 1 week, shaking daily, strain into a clean glass jar that had a lid, use as necessary.
Bella’s was the same as Granny’s except she added ground dried lemon peel, angelica, wormwood, dried ground basil, and dried ground rue and she’d make hers the same way.
Do on a night when the Moon is dark,
Put in salt
Caynee (Cayenne) Pepper
A rotting Garlic clove
Scraped powder (be careful) from the head of a wooden match
Dried leaves from the cypress tree from the cemetery
Mix it with either Castro (Castor) oil or mineral oil don’t waste the good oil.
Heat gentle till just warm, take off flame, let cool down, pour in sick bottle (she meant a medicine bottle that was used on a sick person) keep in the dark for 3 nights when moon is dark. Don’t put on skin, burns. Drain off a few drops of oil to use, keep fixings in bottle to use again.
Granny didn’t give any measurements, I had to use a single edge razor blade to carefully and slowly scrape the powder from a wooden match head.
Bella would get match books from a restaurant and cut the heads off of the cardboard sticks and put those match heads into her bottle with the other stuff, but only after the oil had been heated and set aside to cool, otherwise might have a fire.
When you compare the recipes you do see similarities as well as differences. Which would give you an idea if you want to make your own.
Banishing oil is a powerful Hoodoo and Witchcraft blend that should be in every practitioners cabinet it can help you get rid of those annoying habits, and harmful people, unhealthy situations, and negative energy that you do not need. It can also take care of blocking undesirable visitors.
Banishing Oil is not a jinxing oil. It merely gets rid of any negative influence that may be affecting you. It can also remove hexes, spells and curses. If someone is trying to send you a negative energy, you can send it right back their way. Some folks use it in divination rituals, I think to banish unwanted spirits.
Wearing rubber gloves, rub some of this oil onto your floors, doors, and your (wooden or metal) furniture to get rid of any energy you do not want around your home. You can get rid of any negative influences at work as well by applying some on your desk or in your office. (But make sure the garlic is not overwhelming)
Here is a simple banishing spell you can do with a black candle:
Put the oil onto the candle by rubbing the oil down and away from you.
Write on a slip of paper the object of your petition (this is whatever you want to get rid of).
Make the shape of a cross with some oil on the paper.
Place it under the candle, and recite first Psalm 7 and then Psalm 9 (depending upon belief either King James Version and New Revised Catholic Version, or Douay-Rheims Bible ) when you light your candle.
After the candle has finished burning, take what is left of it and your petition and leave it somewhere at a crossroads.
That is what I have for now for Banishing Oil.