Annointing oils and incense are used widely in magical rituals and spells. Fragrance is an extremely useful tool. It "sets the mood" for your ritual, and goes a long way in bringing about your desired magical intention. The following is a list of oils commonly used in magic, along with their commonly accepted magical attributes. As you experiment with fragrance by using oils and incense, you will most likely find many more magical uses for the following oils. This list is provided to simply get you started.
NameDescriptionAmberlove, comfort, happiness, and healing. (Amber oil is created from lesser quality amber, which is fossilized pine resin millions of years old...true amber oil is extremely rare...most amber oil is formulated from ambergris)Ambergrispsychic powers, dreams, aphrodisiac. (This is a product of sperm whales, and was used widely for magic in the past...it is not very common presently, due to increased ecological considerations -- whales are an endangered species, and fortunately society no longer approves of the killing of animals for products such as oil) Most of the ambergris oil on the market today is artificial. For a close substitute, mix cypress oil with a few drops of Patchouli oil...Apple Blossomhappiness, love, friendshipBayberryprotection, wishes, prosperity, happiness, control.Benzoinastral projection, purificationBergamotmoney-attraction, prosperity, uplifting of spirits, protectionCarnationprotection, strength, healing, love, lust.Cedarwoodhealing, purification, unhexing, protection, money-attractionCinnamonpurification, stimulation, wealth and prosperity, business success, lust, astral projection, healingCitronellacleansing, warding off (especially mosquitos!!!), healing, unhexing, exorcism...don't use indoorsClovepain relief, intellectual stimulation, business success, wealth and prosperity, divination, exorcism, protection, psychic awarenessCopallove, purification, uplifting spirits, protection, exorcism, promoting spirituality.Cypresscomfort, healing, and protection.Dittany of CreteAstral projectionDragon's Bloodextremely useful in adding power to any other oil, increases potency of spells and rituals, protection, courage, hex-breaking, exorcism, magical power, loveEucalyptushealing, purification, protection...open up a vial of eucalyptus oil and breathe vapor or use a few drops in steam inhalation to help ease congestion.Frankincensespirituality, astral strength, protection, consecration, courage, exorcismGardeniapeace, love, healing.Gingerwealth & riches, invigorating, lust, love, magical powerHibiscusdivination, love, lustHoneysucklemoney, psychic powers, happiness, friendship, healingHyacinthhappiness, protectionJasminelove, money, dreams, fantasy, purification, wisdom, skills, astral projectionJunipercalming, protection, healing, exorcism...mixed with grapefruit oil and rubbed on the body, it is said to help with cellulite -- if using, pure, essential oils, remember to mix with a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond -- do not put PURE essential oils on the body without diluting, as it could cause a skin reactionLavendercleansing, healing, love, happiness...one of the few oils that can be used undiluted (called "neat") on the body.Lemonhealing, love, purification...mix a few drops with water to use in house-cleaning...smells great!!!Lemongrasspsychic powers, mental clarityLilacsoothing, warding off, exorcismLotusopening, elevating mood, protection, spirituality, healing, meditation. A recipe for Lotus Bouquet: Mix equal parts of Rose, Jasmine, and Musk...then add some Ylang-Ylang to equal about 10% of the entire solution...smells wonderful!!!Magnolianature, trees, hair growth. A recipe for Magnolia Bouquet: Mix 2 parts Sandalwood with about 1 part Jasmine and about 1 part Rose...add some Neroli oil to equal about 5 - 10% of the entire solution...Muskaphrodisiac, prosperity, inner truth, courage, purificationMyrrhspirituality, hex-breaking, meditation, healing, consecration, exorcismNeroliconfidence, insomniaNew Mown Hayused for new beginnings, gaining a fresh perspective on problems, or to break negative habits and thought patterns. There are several brands on the market...to make your own version, mix the following oils: Woodruff, Tonka, Lavender, Bergamot, and Oakmoss.Oakmossmoney-drawing...to make your own oakmoss bouquet: combine vetivert and cinnamon oils.Orangedivination, love, luck, money-attraction, psychic powersPatchoulygrowth, love, mastery, warm & sensualPennyroyalpurifyingPeppermintenergy, mental stimulant, exorcism, healingPinegrounding, strength, cleansing, exorcism, healingRoselove, house-blessing, fertility, healingRose Geraniumcourage & protectionRosemaryremembrance, energy, exorcism, healingSagewisdom, clarity, purification, exorcismSandalwoodthis has a rich and mysterious scent and is just about the most popular oil. I use it as a general, all-purpose annointing oil...its magical attributes include spirituality, healing, protection, astral projection, exorcism. Cedar may be used as a substitute.Strawberrylove, luckSweet Peaalthough no genuine sweet pea oil exists, you can create your own by combining Neroli, Ylang-Ylang, Jasmine, and Benzoin...used for friendship, love, courageTonkaused for love and attracting money. Mix Benzoin oil with a few drops of Vanilla extract to make a great substitute!!!Tuberosefor love attraction...very expensive, if you can ever find it! A substitute would contain Ylang-Ylang, Rose, and Jasmine Oils, with just a touch of Neroli added...Vanillalust, mental powersVetivertunhexing, money, peace, love, exorcismVioletwisdom, luck, love, protection, healingYarrowcourage, exorcism, psychicYlang-YlangI use this one quite a bit!!! It is distilled from a flower which grows in the Philippines...use for love, harmony, and euphoria.