Day 169: Air, Incense and Oil

I’m starting to think I should have bought stock in small 1 ounce bottles.  At this rate I would have had 8 Sabbat oils, and now we’re gearing up for four element oils.  The handful I picked up from Specialty Bottle have all been used up.  Luckily, I found a store in Eugene that carries them at a reasonable price.

As always, Roderick notes that we are to burn air incense any time we want to bring about the energies of the element of air (which, of course, includes thought, mental acuity, the arts, communication, verbal and written expression, and knowledge) or to anoint ourselves and others with the oil to activate air’s magical energies.

Air Incense:

  • One handful of powdered sandalwood
  • 2 tablespoons star anise, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons dried eucalyptus leaves
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • Vegetable glycerin

In a medium-sized bowl, place your powdered sandalwood.  Stir in about 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin.  Add the tablespoons one at a time and then mix with a metal whisk or fork.  You simply want to create a soft, fluffy compound.  Do not add the second tablespoon of glycerine, if it feels like it would be too much, causing the incense to be too wet.

Now add your essential oils and whisk.  Add your dried herbs and mix thoroughly.  Wait for at least a day for the compound to settle before you sprinkle it on hot coals.

Air Oil:

  • Vegetable glycerin
  • 10 drops lavender
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 2 drops eucalyptus
  • Pinch of dried sage or lavender

Fill a one-ounce bottle halfway with vegetable glycerin.  Add plain water until the bottle is 3/4 full.  Add your essential oils.  Add your dry ingredient, close the lid, and shake the bottle.  You can use this magical oil immediately.

I’m abstaining from making the incense, as per usual, but I would heat some sandalwood, eucalyptus, and lavender oil in my oil burner to get an offering effect.

I have to admit, I really didn’t think too much about the scents as I mixed up the oil, but the final effect…yeah. That’s air. The bright energy of the bergamot recalls sunshine filled days or relaxing with a book and a cup of Earl Grey (which is scented with bergamot, actually). The lavender is immediately relaxing, but–like the Earl Grey, not entirely soporific. Instead, both work together to give a calm and focus that would let you watch paint dry. The eucalyptus brings a hit of menthol-y goodness to perk things up…you can watch paint dry and have an animated conversation about it. It’s an odd combo, but I quite like it. I might make up another bottle to keep in my office on campus.

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