The Esoteric Role of Essential Oils in Wicca

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From the beginning of humanity, once the stage of food and shelter was over, our next step was to take care of smelling good, which is why the use of essential oils from plants as a means to promote physical and emotional well-being was something much appreciated in cultures around the world.

In magic, essential oils and perfumes are related to Air, simply because they expand through the environment; they are not touched, not seen but felt, penetrated and invaded. These can be used in various ways, for example: in the anointing of candles, quartz, amulets, talismans and tools, on our skin or in Aromatherapy.

There are essential oils already prepared on the market, but we can also make them ourselves in order to imbue them with our energy.

Elaboration.

First of all, you need a dry and dark space with permanent temperature and if possible cool; never use plastic or metal instruments, only glass and wood. The neutral oils that can be used are olive, sunflower, almond and jojoba. Stems, leaves, seeds, flowers, roots (all of which can be dry or fresh) and resins can be used to make the essences.

The methods for making the essences are explained below.

Squeezing Essential Oils

The flowers and aromatic plants are squeezed wrapped in a cloth and twisted like a cord so that a stick is passed at each end and twisted in the opposite direction from each other. It produces a juice is obtained with which it is worked later, but it is not practical considering the time and quantity of plants necessary to obtain 50 ml. of juice base.

Enfleurage.

This system is of pressing; between two tables of equal size and thickness, a layer of animal fat is placed, followed by the plants, covered with another layer of fat, and on it the other table, exerting a certain weight on it. When the aroma is lost they are replaced by other new and fresh plants, until the fat is saturated with perfume. This system is good for ointments, creams or soaps, the problem is that the plants lose the aroma after 24 hours, and must be replaced daily. I do not practice much nowadays, in addition to the excessive consumption of plants.

Maceration.

Hot maceration.

This system was found written in Egyptian tombs. Submerge the plants in oil and heat it without reaching the boiling point. When it is very hot, stir it with a wooden spoon, then filter it with cloth, and let it cool.  Once it is cold, keep it in a glass jar or hermetic ceramic.

Cold maceration.

Fill the jar halfway with the plants, cover with oil and seal hermetically, place in a dry, dark and continuous temperature for approximately 15 days. After that time, filter it with a cloth. A paper filter can be used but never metal or plastic. Discard the plants from the first maceration. Repeat the operation, filling dry plants to half in another jar and cover it with oil from the result of the previous maceration, when the process is complete will have passed a month, filter again and ready.

Maceration by Cooking.

In a pot of mud or porcelain, put the plants and cover them with water, the lid of the pot should be wrapped in a cloth whose base is soaked in oil. Cook until the water evaporates, and then scrape the fat from the cloth, which will have absorbed the aroma of the plant. This system is still used in Egyptian families today.

Alcohol Method.

Place the plants in a glass jar, must be fresh plants, add alcohol of 60 º or higher, to completely cover the plants, keep the open glass jar in a dry and cool place, once evaporated all alcohol, we proceed to remove the remains of the plants, you can see at the bottom of the jar a dark residue, this residue is called “mother essence”, is the oil that has released the plant thanks to the help of alcohol. In order to work with the “mother essence”, now add a neutral oil, then remove the oil and try to release the “mother essence” with a wooden spoon. Once this process is done, let the mixture rest, it will be ready when you see a homogeneous color and that it releases a delicious aroma. We already have the “mother essence” prepared, it can be kept in a small glass bottle and covered with a cork stopper, if you are not going to use it, you can seal it with wax.

Essential Oils.

Acacia, Savory, Sesame, Basil, Apricot, Camphor, Almond, Musk, Altea, Amber, Aniseed, Saffron, Orange blossom, Benju, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Cassia, Cedar, Cherry, Cider, Carnation, Clove, Curia, Peach, Dill, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Raspberry, Strawberry, Gardenia, Geranium, Sunflower, Tonka Bean, Fern, Heliotrope, Fennel, Incense, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Ginger, Laurel, Lavender, Lilac, Lemon, Lily or Iris, Lotus, Honeysuckle, Magnolia, Malabar, Mango, Apple, Chamomile, Mistletoe, Marjoram, Melissa, Mint, Mildew, Mimosa, Myrrh, Myrtle, Orange, Narcissus, Sardinian, Nutmeg, Nutmeg, Walnut, Elm, Patchouli, Rosewood, Pasote, Rosemary, Jericho Rose, Rose, Rue, Sage, Sandalwood, Everlasting, Tobacco, Thyme, Clover, Tulip, Grape, Vanilla, Verbena, Vetiver, Violet and Ylang Ylang.

Essential Oils are related to the Zodiacal Signs. You need to choose the right oils for your sign to get the best results.

Aries

Tobacco, ginger, carnation, clove and rose.

Taurus

Lily and lilacs.

Gemini

Verbena, jasmine, laurel, cinnamon, and lavender.

Cancer

Orange blossom, geranium, bergamot and musk.

Leo

Chrysanthemum, saffron, heliotrope, rose, mint, chamomile, anise, narcissus and fennel.

Virgo

Apple, sandalwood, rose, violet, strawberry, benzoin, gardenia, lavender, hyacinth and thyme.

Libra

Lemon, strawberry, violet, lily, verbena, muslin, lily, carnation.

Scorpio

Tobacco, ginger, geranium, chamomile, Pompeii, verbena and musk.

Sagittarius

Cinnamon, laurel, incense, jasmine, lavender.

Capricorn

Rompezarahuey, tobacco, sage, oriental woods, always alive, heliotrope, rosemary and musk.

Aquarius

Nard, benzoin, myrrh, tulip, honeysuckle and myrtle.

Pisces

Laurel, narcissus, benzoin, muslin, juggling, curia, eucalyptus.

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