How to Make Spell Oils – Recipe Included!


Spell oils are a versatile tool in my practice. They are made for a variety or purposes with a variety of ingredients. Witches have been using oils in their spells for a very long time, and modern witches are no different. The ingredients we use may be different, but the intention is all the same. When created and imbued with intention, the spell oil can be a powerful addition to any spell you cast.

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What is a Spell Oil?

A spell oil is a magical oil crafted for a specific purpose with specific ingredients. You may choose to include herbs, essential oils, or other ingredients. Each ingredient is chosen with an intention in mind, usually going back to the correspondence of the particular ingredient. For example, you may choose to use magnolia in your spell oil for wisdom and transformation.

Making a Spell Oil

The oil is then processed through warm infusion or heat infusion. Each method is different and will work for different ingredients, but the methods do the same thing. A warm infusion involves soaking the herbs and ingredients in room-temperature oil for a certain period of time. For me, this is usually a full lunar cycle. Others may steep their oils for different periods of time.

A heat-infused oil is a more involved process. This method for creating a spell oil involves heating the oil to a very specific temperature using a double boiler. The herb and oil blend simmer over the double boiler for 20 to 30 minutes before being strained into a glass jar. Using this method will allow you to use your spell oil right away.

How to Use a Spell Oil

A spell oil can be used in multiple ways, each one for a different purpose or preference. In this post, I will briefly cover using spell oils in candle spells, ritual baths, and daily use!

Spell Oils in Candle Magic

One of the easiest ways to use a spell oil is in candle magic! The spell oil can be used as an added layer of correspondence and intention to your candle when you dress your candle with the oil.

Place a few drops of your spell oil on your candle and rub it on the entire candle. Some witches choose to rub from wick to base to bring things toward them. Others choose to rub the spell oil from the middle outward as detailed in Doreen Valiente’s book Natural Magic. The spell oil works with the magic of the candle, giving your already powerful candle spell an added boost.

Spell Oils in Ritual Baths

Another simple way to use spell oils is in ritual baths. Create a spell oil that aligns with your intention such as self-love, cleansing, or confidence. Then all you have to do is add a few drops of your spell oil to the bath before you get in! The warm water will warm the oil and immersing yourself in the water will allow the spell oil to work its magic on you.

As a note, please be sure that the ingredients you’ve chosen to use are skin-safe, especially for bath time. Trust me, you don’t want to get cinnamon essential oil in your…well, you know.

If you don’t have a bath to use, or it isn’t safe to use for you, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to take a ritual bath without a bathtub. Check out this video on my YouTube channel to learn more!

Spell Oils for Daily Use

Lastly, you can use spell oils in the same way you would use perfume or lotion. Put a few drops of spell oil on your wrist or behind your ears, rub it in, and let the magic do its work! This is great for boosts of confidence, grounding work, or self-love. It can even work in a pinch if you have a job interview. Drop on some prosperity oil right beforehand!

Spell Oil Ingredients

There are a few things you will need for a spell oil. First, and most importantly, is your carrier oil. Whether you’re using essential oils, dried herbs, or something else, the carrier oil is the base of your spell oil.

Some common carrier oils include…

  • olive oil
  • jojoba oil
  • coconut oil
  • grapeseed oil
  • almond oil

Next are your ingredients! You can include just about anything in a spell oil. Herbs, flowers, spices, charms, and even snake shed (a personal favorite of mine). The important thing to remember is that your ingredients need to be completely dry before steeping in oil. The more moisture an ingredient contains, the higher the chance for mold or bacteria to grow.

Your herbs and ingredients should be chosen with intention and intuition. For example, if you are making a prosperity spell oil, you may want to include mint, cinnamon, basil, and gold mica powder!

Please be sure to research your ingredients before including them in a spell oil. When in doubt, never ingest an infused oil!

Simple Self-Love Spell Oil

One of the easiest ways to practice making spell oils is to make one for self-love. Everyone can use a bit of self-love, right? And practice makes progress! This self-love spell oil only takes a few ingredients and is easy to manage for just about anyone. Don’t forget that if you don’t have any of these ingredients, feel free to substitute with ingredients that you feel correspond with self-love!

You will need…

  • a carrier oil of your choice (olive, sesame, etc.)
  • patchouli essential oil
  • lemongrass essential oil
  • a glass bottle or jar


  1. Cleanse your space, yourself, and your jar with a cleansing method of your choice.
  2. Place the essential oils in your jar. The amount will depend on the size of your jar. Usually, just a few drops is enough.
    • If you are substituting with dried herbs, fill the jar at least halfway with your ingredients.
  3. Fill the rest of the jar with your carrier oil of choice.
  4. Imbue the oil with your energy and intention with your method of choice.
    • You may use energy, chants, prayers, etc.
  5. If you are using essential oils, the oil will be ready for use immediately. If you are using dried herbs, let the oil steep in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks before use.

Using the above methods and tips, you can craft a spell oil for any occasion! Let me know in the comments what your favorite spell oil is. I’m pretty partial to my grounding spell oil I created in this video!

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