In saying that, today I thought I would share with you my own version of how to create an herbal infusion oil for magickal purposes or for your own magickal workings. There are many ways to create these so please don't feel that I am saying my way is the only way, there are many ways to create them and they are all wonderful. One of the best things about the Herbal Arts is that there is no "one way" to do things. I encourage you to explore, create, try new ways, allow the plants and flowers to teach you instead. What I provide below is simply a guideline of how I create them, the real magick lies in the intention of the individual and the purpose for which they are being created. Most of all, have fun when working with herbs and plants, if you mess up, you just chalk it up to practice, make new notes and try again...speaking of notes, my best advice, always write down the ingredients and amounts you used in any blend so that you can recreate it if you want to later! That tip comes from experience! =)
Some items you will need to start:
- Clean, sterile and dry glass Mason Jars with lids
- Your chosen organic dried or fresh herbs, flowers, roots, barks and berries
- Organic carrier oils (Jojoba or Olive are good choices for their stability and shelf life)
- Glass Bowls
- Double boiler
- Measuring Cups
- Labels or Hang Tags
- Your Notebook of Herbal Journal
- Clean jars, bottles or vials for storing
- Essential Oils if you will be creating a blend from the oils
So lets get started...
Gather your chosen herbs, flowers, barks, roots etc and add them to your clean glass mason jar. If you would like, try the following recipe to start with. This can be used, as I said above, as an oil to be used in salves or ritual oils that help one to see the Faeries, used in Meditation or Pathworking. (Note: These herbs and flowers are dried)
1/2 cup Hawthorn Leaves or Bark
1/3 cup Eyebright
3 tbs Elecampane Root
3 tbs Yarrow Flowers
2 tbs St. Johns Wort
Heat about one pint of your chosen carrier oil on low heat within a double boiler until the oil is warm NOT hot! Gently pour the warm oil over the herbs and flowers leaving about a 1/3 room from the top. Stir gently and allow to cool before placing the lid on. I like to store my oils on sunny window sills but you can also place them in a dry place or cupboard for up to 3 weeks. I recommend a brewing time of at least one week. Ensure that you gently stir your oil once a day to ensure that all of the plant material is covered by the oil. If not, mold can start to grow and it will completely ruin your infusion and you will have to start again! At this time I say an empowering chant over the herbs and oil before sealing the jar. Dont forget to use a hang tag or some way to identify your brew.
Next, you would pour that oil into glass jars or bottles to use for your own magickal brews in the future. I wanted to show you some additional info on some more of the process of making my Fairy Ointment. I then gather 100% pure beeswax, I like the pellets because they will melt much easier when creating a salve or ointment. I have also gathered 100% pure wild-harvested or organic when possible, therapeutic grade essential oils for the fragrance. Place the infused oil and some beeswax back within your double boiler until the wax is completely melted. Do not let the oil and wax boil! Allow to cool for a few minutes and add any essential oils while stirring gently. At this time I sometimes also add an empowering chant while stirring in the essential oils.
The oil/salve is then poured within clean glass jars and allowed to cool. When the salve starts to turn a slightly opaque color, I add a bit of dried flowers and herbs to the top as well. Seal and store in a cool place!
In Faery Light,