Saturday, October 15, 2011

From My Personal Grimorie: Samhain Oil

This oil may be used to bless your altar or other items such as altar tools. Use it to anoint candles or in a water-based potpourri burner. It can also be used to anoint  individuals, but I would recommend diluting it with an unscented carrier oil such as grape seed oil.

This oil has a dry, musky base note,  with citrus fruit middle notes and a sharp lemon top note. Imagine musky mulled cider, it's a seasonal  harvest scent.

Because it contains cinnamon oil, there is a possibility of eye or skin irritation. Keep hands away from face, eyes and mucous membranes as it may cause an allergic reaction. Flush the area with cold water and seek medical help if necessary. Do not take internally.Store as you would other oils.

Ingredients to make a 1 ounce bottle of Samhain oil:

  • Sandalwood oil, used as the base- 1/2 ounce.
  • Cinnamon oil, 1/4 oz
  • Cranberry oil,1/8 oz
  • Orange oil, 1/8 oz
  • Lemon oil, 10 drops
You may dilute the sandalwood oil with some unscented oil to both lighten the fragrance or the viscosity, cutting it up to one half with the carrier oil, then proceed to mix, or make half the recipe and pour in 1/2 ounce pf grape seed oil to lighten it.

These oils will layer into yellows, orange and reds and resemble a sunset when first poured into the bottle if not shaken.  Once mixed, the oil is a deep golden amber. Shake it every time prior to use to be sure the ingredients are properly blended; some types of oils do separate upon setting. The oil is clear with no clouding and  with no particulates, so if you do see any 'floaters', either the bottle or one of the oils is contaminated. This would most likely be the cinnamon oil, especially if it is homemade. You may be able to strain the oil and transfer it to a new bottle without it becoming spoiled. Do not use any oil that has turned cloudy or has flecks or floating ribbons because it could signal a possible bacterial contamination.

You may wish to divide up the oil into smaller bottles to use or give as gifts. A few drops can also be added to a scent locket ( see warning above), or diluted with pure olive oil and carried in a receptacle as scented chrism.

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