Magickal Oils 101

Ambrosia Hawthorn
Mar 10 · 4 min read
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A magickal oil is a pure or mixed oil created with a specific purpose in mind with visualization and energy manipulation. They are known for being used often in ceremonies and rituals. Oils can also be used on people and objects to anoint or dress which are essentially two words meant to apply an oil.

To use an oil to dress an object like a candle, you can rub oil downward on the candle to attract and upward to banish. Many like to also then roll the candle in herbs, glitter, and flower petals. You can get creative with the candle’s color and the oil type for a powerful mixture.

To anoint, place a drop of oil on the skin — often on a pressure point or forehead — on a charm, amulet, talisman, crystal, or candle.

Blessing or charging a pure or mixed oil blends the powerful energies of the oil and your intention into yourself or an object.

Using oils are a great way to infuse a simple item with intention and energy.

Oils are often incorporated into many different practices — magickal or not. To begin using oils in your every day life, put a few drops of an oil on your skin, stone, in a bath, oil burner, or diffuser.

To use oils in magickal practice, you can choose oils:

  • that you like the smell of
  • to help you focus on spellwork
  • according to their correspondences

Whichever the purpose, always remember to visualize your intention to get the most magick out of them.

Types of Oils

  • Anointing oils — A sacred oil that’s blessed and charged and specially formulated for a specific purpose, usually for people.
  • Carrier oils — Vegetable and mineral oils that are used to help dilute essential oils that could cause skin irritation.
  • Condition oils — Anointing or conjure oils used to help relieve or improve someone’s condition.
  • Conjure oils — A dressing oil from an ancient practice usually African, European, or Native American traditions. Often found in Hoodoo.
  • Dressing oils — Specially prepared oil applied to spell and ritual objects before using them to sanctify, charge, and prepare them for use.
  • Essential oils — Volatile, concentrated oils, with the characteristic scent of the plant/flower they are from.
  • Ritual oils — Oils used to anoint candles, ritual tools, material, furniture, money, and other such items, and then use to anoint the body are often also called anointing oils.

Magickal oils are most easily made by mixing essential oils or dried herbs with a carrier oil. A carrier oil won’t change the scent of the oil blend and dilutes it just enough to be used on the skin. My favorite carrier or base oil is jojoba. It’s technically a liquid form of wax that won’t leave your skin feeling oily. It’s recommended by Scott Cunningham to mix 5 to 7 drops of essential oil per 1/8 cup of carrier oil.

*Absolute oils are essential oils mixed with carrier oils but may contain traces of the chemical solvents. It’s a more affordable option but not recommended for medicinal or aromatherapy uses.

It’s also fun to add special ingredients like crystal chips, flowers, and herbs to make it your own.

Magickal Properties of Essential Oils

Basil: Stimulates the mind, used in money-attracting oils, and encourages peace

Benzoin: Increases personal power and awakens the conscious mind

Bergamot: Money and protective rituals

Black Pepper: Protection and promotes courage

Chamomile: Meditation and inducing peace

Camphor: Purification and promoting celibacy

Cardamom: Energy to love and sexually oriented formulas

Cedarwood: Enhances spirituality

Cinnamon: Money and psychic awareness

Clove: Courage and protection

Coriander: Love and healing

Cypress: Blessing, consecration, and protection. Helps ease loss

Eucalyptus: All healing and purification.

Frankincense: Spirituality and meditation

Geranium: Happiness and protection

Ginger: Courage, love, money, and sexuality

Grapefruit: Purification

Jasmine: Love, psychic awareness, peace, spirituality, and sexuality

Juniper: Protection, purification, moon symbolism, and healing

Lavender: Health, love, peace, and consciousness

Lemon: Purification, healing, and lunar use

Lemongrass: Psychic awareness and purification

Lemon verbena: Love

Lime: Purification and protection

Lotus: Spirituality, healing, and meditation

Magnolia: Meditation, love, and psychic awareness

Myrrh: Spirituality, meditation, and healing

Neroli: Happiness and purification

Niaouli: Protection

Oakmoss: Attract money

Orange: Purification

Palma Rosa: Love and healing

Patchouli: Money, sex, and physical energy

Peppermint: Purification

Pine: Purification, protection, money, and healing

Rose: Love, peace, sexual desires, and enhancing beauty

Rosemary: Love and healing

Sandalwood: Spiritualty, meditation, sex, and healing

Tangerine: Sun symbol, power, and strength

Tonka: Money

Vetivert: Money

Yarrow: Love, courage, and psychic awareness

Ylang Ylang: Love, peace, and sex

Essential Oil Recipes


5 drops Sandalwood

3 drops Cedarwood

1 drop Orange

1 drop Lemon


3 drops Ginger

1 drop Black Pepper

1 drop Clove


4 drops Orange

2 drops Lime

1 drop Cardamom


3 drops Eucalyptus

1 drop Rosemary

1 drop Spearmint


3 drops Frankincense

3 drops Myrrh

1 drop Sandalwood


7 drops Palmarosa

5 drops Ylang-Ylang

1 drop Ginger

2 drops Rosemary

1 drop Cardamom


1 drop Jasmine

1 drop Sandalwood


3 drops Ylang-Ylang

3 drops Lavender

2 drops Chamomile

1 drop Rose


4 drops Orange

1 drop Ginger

1 drop Pine


5 drops Petitgrain

5 drops Black Pepper

Protection 2

4 drops Basil

3 drops Geranium

2 drops Pine

1 drop Vetivert


5 drops Lemongrass

1 drop Yarrow


4 drops Frankincense

3 drops Myrrh

1 drop Sandalwood

Purification 2

4 drops Eucalyptus

2 drops Camphor

1 drop Lemon


2 drops Rose

1 drop Jasmine

1 drop Chamomile

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Ambrosia Hawthorn

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🧙‍♀️ Ambrosia is a published author, the owner of Wild Goddess Magick @wgmagick, and the Editor of Witchology Magazine @witchologymag

Wild Goddess Magick: Witchology Blog

An online blog for modern witches and Wiccans. Also check out latest issue of Witchology Magazine at

Ambrosia Hawthorn

Written by

🧙‍♀️ Ambrosia is a published author, the owner of Wild Goddess Magick @wgmagick, and the Editor of Witchology Magazine @witchologymag

Wild Goddess Magick: Witchology Blog

An online blog for modern witches and Wiccans. Also check out latest issue of Witchology Magazine at

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