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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Making Oils Doesn't Have to Be Expensive
Making Oils Doesn't Have to Be Expensive
When I set myself purposefully upon this spiritual Path I read everything I could find, there was no internet, so research was through libraries & bookstores. Learning the correspondences of stones wasn't so difficult as there are books all over about those and Melody's book set was easily obtained at the bookstore. And it's about the only 2 books you'd ever need!
But when it came to oils and making them....good luck! Although expensive, it was just easiest to buy them. So I picked carefully and got ones that were "general" in use, such as "Come To Me", "Money", and "Witch's". By using one in conjunction with another I could pretty much cover the spectrum of any work to be done.
Over the years though I bored with these. While they worked great, I wanted something more personal and more specific. And by this time the internet was the go-to place for everything. The problem I ran into though was that most recipes called for Essential Oils - and those are, or can be, quite expensive. It was cheaper to just stick with my "general" oils. Nothing I read explained how it would've been done historically in the sense of the average lay-person and their extremely limited budget and the availability of "foreign" oils. THAT was the information I was looking for.
The Hoodoo/Rootworkers that began to show up online were the closest I'd come to up to that time. But still, they use the EO's and other "foreign" materials & ingredients. Once I adapted my herb craft practice to my oil craft I realized that all that was missing was the oil! I already had the herbs, I just needed to put them in a carrier oil, let them stand for a few weeks and voila! I'd have my oils, for any and all spell work purposes.
Many people suggest Virgin Olive Oil, but I found it to be too thick, too heavily scented (and not a pleasing scent to me), and relatively expensive. I prefer the lighter oils: Sunflower, Safflower, Corn, and Soy. These are also crops that are grown in this area, thus historically, would've been easily available to use for crafting oils for spell works.
It was in front of me all the time!
So I now have quite a shelf full of oils made with my own recipes - and many more are written down and ready to be made. All I need are the bottles to put them in. Which is another point I'd like to make. I don't buy my bottles, unless I find some interesting ones at a flea market. Most of mine are re-purposed from jelly jars. It's taken many, many years, but I harvest or wildcraft my own herbs & plant materials, and I finally make all of my own oils, and all at a very inexpensive cost!
Here is my shelf of oils:
Here are a couple of close-ups of the bottles:
Banishing, Protection, Money, Love
Love, Mandrake, Dragon's Blood, Blockages Removed (Strong & Fast) (small bottle),
St. Joseph's (small bottle in front)
Fiery Wall of Protection, Juniper, Cedar, Blockages Removed (Slow & Steady)
Cedar, Blockages Removed (Slow & Steady), Blockages Removed (Strong & Steady), Dragon's Blood, Control Over Others,
Blockages Removed (Strong & Fast) (small bottle in front)
I'd like to find more of the corked bottles. There were only 5 of them so I bought all of them. The small bottles are syrup bottles from Cracker Barrel. The liquor bottle I found out in my woods buried in the mud by the creek. and the square bottle I got at a yard sale. I have a few other bottles that don't have lids or corks for them - yet - so they have to wait to be used. LOL I love bottles, so making my oils just gives me another excuse to find & collect them!