Essential Oils & Their Magickal Properties

Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that retain the smell and flavor of the plant. They’re obtained by steam distillation or machine pressing. Sometimes you see “cold-pressed” on a bottle, and that’s just a name for the method of extraction. Every essential oil is made up of compounds (natural chemicals) that determine how it affects the body and its fragrance. It can take several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil. In addition to creating scent, essential oils perform other functions in plants, too.

Humans have been using essential oils for thousands of years, there are some  some references to the Egyptians using them way back in 2000 BC. There are even biblical mentions to essential oils, including cedarwood, cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, and others. Essential oils can make a positive impact on your health and well-being as long as you use them in a safe way.

Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine that employs plant extracts to support health and well-being. The chemicals in essential oils can interact with your body in several ways. When applied to your skin, some plant chemicals are absorbed. It’s thought that certain application methods can improve absorption, such as applying with heat or to different areas of the body. Inhaling the aromas from essential oils can stimulate areas of your limbic system, which is a part of your brain that plays a role in emotions, behaviors, sense of smell, and long-term memory. Interestingly, the limbic system is heavily involved in forming memories. This can partly explain why familiar smells can trigger memories or emotions. The limbic system also plays a role in controlling several unconscious physiological functions, such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. As such, some people claim that essential oils can exert a physical effect on your body. Essential oils are not meant to be ingested. 

Some of the safest ways to use essential oils include:

  • Aromatherapy accessories: Necklaces, bracelets and keychains made with absorbent materials you apply essential oils to and sniff throughout the day.
  • Body oil: A mixture of essential oils with a carrier oil such as olive, jojoba or coconut oil that can be massaged into skin. Because essential oils are concentrated, they can cause irritation. Avoid using them full-strength on skin.
  • Aroma stick: Also called an essential oil inhaler, these portable plastic sticks have an absorbent wick that soaks up essential oil. They come with a cover to keep the scent under wraps until you’re ready.
    Because pure essential oils are potent, diluting them in a carrier oil is the best way to avoid a bad reaction when applying directly to the skin. If you get a red, itchy rash or hives after applying essential oils, see a doctor. You may be having an allergic reaction.

There are more hundreds of types of essential oils, each with its own unique smell and potential health benefits. Below is a list of some essential oils with their magickal properties and health claims associated with them. 

Amber: balance, harmony, inspiration, protection, purification

Bergamot: success, money, abundance, intuition, confidence

Basil: Success, prosperity, passion, helps in decision making, peace

Clove: attracts love, purification, wards against evil, boosts energy levels

Chamomile: calmness, inner peace, love, luck meditation, spiritual awareness

Eucalyptus: concentration, calmness, healing, balance, protection, growth

Frankincense: Cleansing, purification, grounding, meditative

Jasmine: sensuality, love, dreams, astral projection, visions

Lavender: healing, love, balance, protection, improves sleep
Used to relieve stress.

Lemon: clarity, health, boosts energy levels, awareness

Myrrh: Healing, meditation, enlightenment, grounding, peace

Peppermint: concentration, mental clarity, love, protection, cleansing
Used to boost energy and aid digestion.

Rosemary: healing, memory, visions, protection, love

Sage: Wisdom, protection, grounding, health

Sandalwood: healing, purification, meditation, divination
Used to calm nerves and help with focus. 

Tea Tree: cleansing, protection, healing, strength, harmony

Vanilla: lust, love, mental clarity

Ylang Ylang: confidence Calmness, peace, joy, harmony love

A small number of people may experience irritation or allergic reactions to certain essential oils. You’re more likely to have a bad reaction if you have atopic dermatitis or a history of reactions to topical products. The most important thing to consider when shopping for essential oils is product quality. 

Here are some tips to help you shop for pure essential oils:

  • Look at the label: It should include the Latin name of the plant, information on purity or other ingredients added to it, and the country in which the plant was grown.
    • Purity: Find an oil that contains only aromatic plant compounds, without additives or synthetic oils. Pure oils usually list the plant’s botanical name (such as Lavandula officinalis) rather than terms like “essential oil of lavender.”
      Quality: True essential oils are the ones that have been changed the least by the extraction process. Choose a chemical-free essential oil that has been extracted through distillation or mechanical cold pressing.
  • Evaluate the company: Purchase products from a well-known and reputable aromatherapy company that’s been around for several years. Choose dark-colored, glass containers: Pure essential oils are highly concentrated. They can dissolve plastic bottles over time, tainting the oil. Most companies package essential oils in small brown or blue glass bottles to protect the quality.
  • Avoid “fragrance oils”: Fragrance or perfume oils are made from essential oils combined with chemicals or entirely from chemicals. They’re not suitable for aromatherapy — instead, look for bottles that contain a single essential oil in its purest form (100% essential oil with no other fillers).
  • Compare prices: Essential oils range in price, depending on how involved harvesting and production are. Within a line, there should be a wide variety of prices — rose absolute or sandalwood oils will be more expensive, while sweet orange oil will be on the less expensive end. If you find a rock-bottom price for an expensive essential oil, it probably isn’t pure.
Essential oils are generally considered safe to inhale or apply to the skin if they’ve been combined with a base oil.

For minor health problems, using essential oils as a complementary therapy is likely harmless. However, if you have a serious health condition or are taking medication, you should discuss their use with your healthcare practitioner.

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