The Power of Essential Oils

The Power of Essential Oils

Smell is by far one of our most important sensory functions. It can bring us to different states of mind as well as elicit emotional responses in a way that not many of our other senses can. Combine this with the aid of powerful plant allies and it’s easy to see why essential oils are becoming more and more looked at as a useful tool for the mind, body, and spirit. Although they have risen in popularity, there has been recorded use of essential oils for around 5,000 years, so there’s definitely something to this.

But before we jump in too deep, what exactly are essential oils? Very large amounts of plant matter go into making these concentrates, which aids to their effectiveness. For example, it takes around 242,000 rose petals to make just 5 ml of rose essential oil! Steam distillation, solvent extraction, CO2 extraction, maceration, enfleurage, cold press extraction, and water distillation are all different ways that these oils can be processed.

So now that we know what these oils are, how can they help us? One of the most important and unique ways that they can affect us is their ability to interact with both our internal and external cellular makeup. Because of their small molecular size and lipid solubility, they are able to pass through the blood brain barrier (which is the most secure membrane in the body) to directly influence our state of being. For example, have you ever placed lavender in a diffuser or on the skin with the help of a carrier oil and immediately felt more at peace? Below are a few ways to enjoy these herbal blends in a safe way.

A NOTE ON WORKING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS…

Due to their HIGHLY concentrated nature, they should be used with great respect and care. A few drops is all that will ever be needed when working with these allies. We never recommend applying them to the skin without a carrier oil, and especially to NEVER INGEST THEM INTERNALLY. Also, some oils may cause sensitivities and or be toxic to be used around young children and animal companions. Whenever you bring new oils into the home, double check the safety for all members of the home.

Diffusion

Whether you have a mist diffuser or a variety that releases the scent of the oils from a candles heat, filling the air with scent is one of the easiest ways to welcome the benefits of the plants into your routine. Diffusion is excellent to relax before bed, when cleaning the home, or to create ambiance in your space at any time.

Add them to cleaning supplies!

Need some energetic cleansing while you go about your chores? Try adding a few drops of sage, lemongrass or cedarwood into your cleaning supplies to move both energetic and physical debris. These oils would also be a great addition to any homemade cleaners as well. Lemon essential oil is one of our favorites to add to any DIY (do-it-yourself) blends for it’s crisp, clean scent.

Body Care

Essential oils are very easily incorporated into either pre-made or DIY body care products through the use of a carrier oil or carrier substance. Commonly these botanicals are blended in with other butters and oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil, hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, or aloe vera and applied topically to the skin and hair. Not only does this make you smell like flowers (’cause who doesn’t love that?) but traditionally, these oils have been mixed to potentially provide health benefits as well. Some oils like Tea Tree for example, will have antimicrobial properties, and other oils such as ginger may have an anti inflammatory effect on the skin. These blends can also be placed in roller balls or sprays as a personal fragrance.

Spellwork

Looking to invoke a particular deity? Performing a spell? Essential oils are an ideal way to take your magic to the next level. They are easily placed on altars, added to mojo bags, and act as an excellent way to supercharge candles by anointing them with a corresponding oil. They can also be diffused during a ritual for a smoke free substitute for traditional incense.

Although everything listed here is a great place to start with these oils, this only scratches the surface on all of the possibilities of use. The more you work with them, the more in tune you will inherently become with their potential. Let the plant communication begin!

Scentual Musings

by Veronica Cummer, author of Masks of the Muse & Sorgitzak

Scent is evocative in more ways than one. We tend to focus a lot on the sense of sight, but scent can bring up memories and feelings far more easily and intensely than any of our other senses. Everyone has a scent and we respond to that, even if it’s not noticeable on a conscious level. It’s also an ancient practice to add to that scent through the usage of perfumes and oils, altering what message we are sending out into the world. We make our homes smell a certain way and our ritual space and it’s not just to cover up less pleasant smells, but to inspire in us a certain reaction and instill a powerful memory.

In ritual, we use scent primarily through the burning of incense. The smoke and smell of the incense not only helps create a useful ritual atmosphere—allowing us to more easily “trance out” and be in the proper state of mind—but can actually draw spirits and Gods to us. It sends out a message that we are here and ready to have contact with the Divine. In the past, some Gods even had particular incenses or scented oils that were attached to Them and used in Their honor. They responded to the scent and were drawn to it, just as we might respond to the scent of another person.

Incense, perfumes, and oils can be used in other ways, as well. On a personal level, we can use a particular scent for outside of ritual and a particular scent for inside of ritual, creating a trigger for us that its time to step into our ritual selves. We can make use of varied incenses in ritual for the times of the year or for different purposes, such as healing or divination. If everyone in a coven or magickal working group decides to use the same oil for ritual anointing, it can create a strong sense of bonding, one that resonates on an unconscious level.

For all of these are messages and ways to create and later evoke familiar memories. We smell the oil or perfume we have known before in ritual and know we are stepping into circle or about to perform a healing. We smell the incense and instinctively know what season it is or what God or Goddess we’re about to call upon. We can even step into that ritual mode in our mundane lives as needed by deciding to put on an oil that is based on a familiar incense such as frankincense, myrrh, or patchouli.

We are always interacting and bonding with others on the level of scent and, through using oils, perfumes, and incense, we can make deliberate choices about what that ritual and that group means to us. We can instill feelings and create memory and awaken it once again, reliving the time and place and raw emotion of the past, of our experiences, whether with each other or with the Divine.

copyright © 2010, Veronica Cummer, all rights reserved

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Blends

The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans discovered that oils, taken direct from the plant, had immense power on our state of health – both our body and mind.

The modern science of Aromatherapy is rediscovering and proving the ancient practice. It is well known that the inhalation of essential oils stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell – the olfactory system; a signal is sent to the limbic system of the brain that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. This causes chemicals to be released which make the person feel relaxed, calm, or even stimulated. Eye of Horus is focusing on these three desired outcomes with our exclusive Anxiety Relief, Confidence, and Energy Aromatherapy Blends.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is also vital part of Feng Shui and Magickal practice. Scents are used to remove negative chi from your space and create a positive atmosphere. Our Aromatherapy Blends are custom formulated (by the people who created our smokeless smudge spray) from our carefully selected True Essential Oils. These blends are 100% Essential Oils. Since they are in such a pure, highly concentrated form, they should be diluted in use. When using in an oil burner:

  • Put 5-10 drops of oils diluted with a carrier oil (such as Almond Oil) – or –
  • Put 3-5 of pure oil in your oil burner bowl to provide the therapy you need. Top the burner bowl with hot water and don’t let it burn dry.
  • Add a drop or two to the outer edge of an unscented candle.

Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend

Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend

Anxiety Relief

Alleviate anxiety with this perfectly balanced blend of Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Patchouli and Marjoram essential oils to help you let go of anxious thoughts. Whether your anxiety is situational, or biological (as in PMS), taking a moment to breathe in this incredible aroma will help untie the knots and give you more space for possibilities to be revealed. 

Anxiety Relief oil is great to use at the end of the day when you need to relax in order to get a good night’s sleep.  Just a few moments of true relaxation and clear thought each day not only make you feel better emotionally, but it has been proven to boost your immune system.

Anxiety Relief Essential Oil can be part of a daily ritual along with making a few notes in a gratitude journal. You will be amazed at how your outlook can change when you use these ancient, all natural methods.  At only $12.99 it’s a small price to pay! Add Anxiety Relief to Cart

Confidence Essential Oil Blend

Confidence Essential Oil Blend

Confidence

Use this synergistic blend of Bergamot, Blood Orange, Grapefruit, Patchouli and Ylang-Ylang essential oils to help increase your confidence in daily life. Bergamot is so much more than a flavor in Earl Grey Tea. In fact, it is astrologically Associated with the Sun as well as the Element of Fire, and the perfect oil to bring a ray of light and a spark of excitement to the moment. The other essential oils help round out the sweet and spice in this scent.

Orange is not only a natural antidepressant, but the scent is thought to stimulate your creativity. Patchouli‘s rather earthy aura promotes a grounding and balancing effect thereby clarifying problems and making the mind more objective.  Although Patchouli is famous as an over-used aphrodisiac, the scent does not over-power this blend, rather it adds just the right amount to put a little bounce in your step. Anoint the side of a taper candle with a drop or two before you light it to  provide the perfect atmosphere for a candle-light dinner or desert.  Put a drop or two on a cotton ball in the ashtray of your car, if you don’t smoke, and breathe in confidence on your way to an important meeting or interview. Only $12.99 Get Some Confidence

Energizing Essential Oil Blend

Energizing Aromatherapy Oil

Energizing

Need a lift? Try this synergistic blend of stimulating Peppermint, Lemon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils to help revitalize your natural reserves of energy.  This oil is not only stimulating, but it is very positive and protecting! Breathe in the vibrant scent to awaken your conscious mind and/or to halt negative thoughts. Let the scent waft over you for self-purification or place drops in a diffuser for all-over home purification. (Rosemary was the garland of choice for the Romans’ household gods, and they purified their flocks by smudging them with this protective scent.)

The Eucalyptus in this oil blend is a great energy healer.  Use to cleanse a room or house of negative psychic energy, particularly when people have been engaged in emotional, physical or mental abuse. This is the ultimate aroma to have going when doing your spring cleaning.  It energizes you and clears out the negative energies leaving a space totally refreshed.

Do not use before bedtime unless you prefer not to sleep! Our most affordable of the Aromatherapy Set, Energizing Essential Oil is only $9.99! Add Energizing Oil to Cart

All of our Essential Aromatherapy Blends

  • Are 100% Pure Essential Oil
  • Come in a 10ml (1/3 fl. oz.) Bottle with Dropper top
  • WARNING: For external use only. Keep away from eyes. Keep out of reach of children. Highly concentrated. Always dilute before using.