Saturday, February 8, 2014

Basic Magical Uses For Incense, Herbs and Essential Oils


Since ancient times, incense in the form of resin and herbs has been enjoyed throughout the world. The fragrant smoke was used as a way to carry messages and hope to the Gods and to create a pleasant environment for humans to connect with the spiritual world. Incense resins and botanicals are still used today in various Native American and metaphysical ceremonies to promote ritual consciousness, the state of mind necessary to rouse and direct personal energy. The powders and raw herbs are also used in talisman and gris-gris conjuring. The fragrant smoke purifies a room and surrounding area of negative and disturbing vibrations, and can be used for meditation or for simply scenting a room. Essential oils can also be used by diffusing, or on the body if combined with a natural base oil. Here are a few of my recommendations for those not familiar with the usage:

ALMOND:
Used in prosperity and wisdom spells. Sweet almond oil is an excellent base for essential oils.

AMBER POWDER:
A sacred temple powder often referred to as "Nectar of the Gods" or "Ambrosia" because of it's divine fragrance. Used in healing and meditation. Intoxicating aroma that blends well with everything. Also available as an essential oil.

ANISE, STAR:
A sacred Japanese temple incense used to drive away negativity and to bring good luck. Can be placed in charms and gris-gris amulets.

BALSAM FIR:
Used for respiratory work and for grounding.

BENZOIN GUM RESIN:
Used for purification and prosperity. Often used as a base for incense blends. An antiseptic, cleanses the lungs, strengthens the mind, burned for knowledge, peace, and psychic protection. A fine "clearing" resin.

CEDAR LEAF:
Used for purifying, protection and to banish bad dreams. Used by Native Americans in sweat lodges to release heavy emotional energies.

CINNAMON POWDER:
Raises high spiritual and protective vibrations. Used for healing and money rituals. A stimulant, aphrodisiac, draws money, stimulates psychic powers. Holy anointing oil used by ancient Hebrews.

COPAL, BLACK RESIN:
Used in immunity and heart rituals. An earthy, spicy Copal. Burned during "Day of the Dead" celebrations.

COPAL, WHITE RESIN:
Considered to be a sacred "Food of the Gods". Used in immunity and heart rituals. Burned for love and purification. It is the cleanest and purest of the Copals.

CLOVE POWDER:
Used to drive away hostile, negative forces. An aphrodisiac and psychic enhancer. It is also used to produce spiritual vibrations and to purify the area. Also available as an essential oil.

DESERT SAGE:
Traditionally used to drive out bad spirits, feelings and influences. An important, strong, herbaceous Native American plant. Burned for wealth, wisdom, knowledge, protection, and purification.

DRAGON'S BLOOD RESIN:
Red resin from a palm tree. It is used in rituals involving love, protection and exorcism. Burned for consecration, protection, good luck and strengthens spells. Increases potency of other resins. An essential resin used during divination and conjure.

EUCALYPTUS LEAF:
Used in healing and sickness rituals. Also used to maintain good health and for protection. Also available as an essential oil.

FRANGIPANI:
Burned for psychic work to restore peace and harmony with it's soothing vibrations.

FRANKINCENSE RESIN:
Releases powerful positive vibrations and drives away evil and negativity. Still burned in the Catholic churches. Used as an incense for purification, spiritual growth, knowledge and meditation. Also available as an essential oil.

FRANKINCENSE & MYRRH RESIN:
Two most popular blessed resins of the kings. A powerful combination that is used for spirituality, healing, protection and exorcism. Used as an incense for purification, spiritual growth, knowledge and meditation. A powerful combination for conjure and root work.

GARDENIA:
Used in love spells and to attract good, peaceful spirits during rituals. Possesses very high spiritual vibrations. Used especially for moon rituals.

GERANIUM LEAF:
Used for luck , prosperity, fidelity, love and fertility. Also available as an essential oil.

GERANIUM LEAF, ORANGE:
Citrus Geranium scent burned for luck, love, fidelity and money. Also available as an essential oil.

GINGER ROOT:
Used in money and success rituals. Burned for psychic growth and success.

HYSSOP LEAF:
Considered a very important purification and protection herb. Powerful, healing scent is also great for respiratory work. Burned for wealth and psychic protection. Can be placed in charms and gris-gris amulets.

JASMINE FLOWERS:
Used in love and wealth rituals. An aphrodisiac. Will cause prophetic dreams if burned in the bedroom and is used to induce sleep. Also available as an essential oil.

JUNIPER BERRY:
Helps promote psychic powers and guards against evil, sickness and hexes. Used in sick rooms throughout Europe. Also available as an essential oil.

JUNIPER LEAF:
Used throughout Europe as a protective herb. Helps promote psychic powers and guards against evil, sickness and hexes.

LAVENDER FLOWERS:
Has long been used in love and healing rituals. Used to attract and protect relationships. Promotes sleep and peacefulness. Also available as an essential oil.

LEMONGRASS:
Burned as a psychic enhancer. Also available as an essential oil.

MYRRH RESIN:
Was used in the temple of Isis. Great meditation and contemplation incense. Burned for banishing negativity, protection and release. Increases the power of other incenses it's added to. Also available as an essential oil.

NAG CHAMPA POWDER:
A blend of costly, highly fragrant rare gums, resins & powders for meditation and for creating your sacred space. It brings one's energies into harmonious balance.

OSHA ROOT:
A plant revered by all Native American healers for it's powerful healing abilities. Used to treat respiratory and rheumatic complaints. Incredible butterscotch and celery scent permeates the room with magic.

ORANGE PEEL:
Burned for luck, love and money. Also available as an essential oil.

ORANGE BLOSSOM (Neroli):
Burned for burned for beauty, luck, fidelity and love. Attracts love, romance and increases sexual magnetism. Also available as an essential oil.

PATCHOULI POWDER:
Used in love, money and prosperity rituals. Used in fertility talismans due to it's rich, earthy smell. Also available as an essential oil.

PEPPERMINT LEAF:
Used for healing, protection, prosperity, growth and renewal. Also available as an essential oil.

PINON RESIN:
Gathered in the Taos mountains and produces the classic sweet forest essence of Northern New Mexico. It's cleansing, comforting scent is said to be helpful for fertility, compassion, and purification. Used by Navajos in war dances.

ROSE PETALS:
Used in love, luck, grief and healing rituals. Induces thoughts of loving affection and peaceful harmonious vibrations. Used for prophetic dreams.

ROSEMARY LEAF:
When burned emits powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations. One of the oldest incenses. Used in love, healing and mental rituals. Stimulates memory and clarification.

SAFFRON:
Burned for love, healing, happiness, lust, strength and clairvoyance.

SANDALWOOD:
One of the most valuable woods in the world. Burned for spiritual awareness, meditation and psychic development. It's deep, rich, mysterious scent is also a great incense base. Also available as an essential oil.

TEA, GREEN:
Burned for money, courage and strength.

VERBENA (Vervain):
Burned or carried for protection and love. Can be placed in charms and gris-gris amulets. Lemon Verbena is an essential oil.

VETIVERT POWDER:
Used in love, luck and money rituals. Smokey, earthy scent blends well with Patchouli and Sandalwood. Also available as an essential oil.

WHITE SAGE:
Most popular for the sweet fragrance of it's burning leaf. U.S. grown Sage sacred to Native American cultures. Used to purify and protect objects, places and people. Also available as an essential oil.


The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews (Llewellyn's Practical Magick)

The Conjure Cookbook: Making Magic with Oils, Incense, Powders and Baths

Wylundt's Book of Incense

Herbal Alchemist's Handbook, The: A Grimoire of Philtres. Elixirs, Oils, Incense, and Formulas for Ritual Use


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