Essentials oils are used in a variety of ways, both for physical healing, as well as for practicing magic.
Physically, essential oils are often natural alternatives to over-the-counter medication. Essentials oils are concentrated dilutions of oil distilled from a plant or herb’s roots, stems or leaves. These concentrated dilutions are very powerful. Essential oils have a highly effective dispersion rate, allowing them to filter throughout the entire body within minutes of contact. Essential oils can be administered in a variety of ways, depending on the oil. Some can be applied topically to the skin, some can be ingested in food or drink, and others are meant only for smelling. Carefully learn about the oil you plan to use to make sure it’s safe before applying it to your skin or consuming it.
Essential oils offer a variety of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and antibiotic remedies for a host of issues. They can also be used for aromatherapy to regulate mood.
Of course, essential oils also have magical uses. Since they are extracted from nature, essential oils are a concentrated dose of natural power for healing and magical ritual.
This week’s featured essential oil is Allspice, or pimenta officinalis. Allspice is extracted through steam distillation. A bold blend of sweet & spicy scents, Allspice is reminiscent of clove or cinnamon.
Ruled by Mars and the element Fire, Allspice is a very masculine herb, so it’s useful as offerings to male deities or in magic surrounding male sexuality. The Martian influence makes Allspice great for protection in dangerous situations. It boosts courage and gives you a fighting edge. In small dilutions, the rich, warm aroma can even be an aphrodisiac. The Fire energy in Allspice will keep you motivated, virile and powerful.
Allspice is also known for bringing good luck and good fortune, or for making positive changes in general. In Hoodoo traditions, Allspice is used for money drawing and for attracting luck.
Allspice should be added to medicine pouches or sachets with other herbs for healing, drawing luck or money, or for protection, courage and virility. Combining Allspice with other masculine herbs and oils will amplify its Fiery energy. Allspice oil can also be offered during a ritual.
Allspice oil can be used for perfuming soaps, especially for men, as it has a musky, manly scent.
For herbal remedies for common ailments, allspice is effective for soothing toothaches by adding to a paste and dabbing on the sore tooth. It can also be used as a mouthwash to freshen breath. Allspice can aid in digestion by stimulating the intestines by adding to tonics. Indigestion, flatulence and bloating can be treated with just a few drops with sugar. Known as a rubefacient, allspice increases circulation to the skin, so it can treat cold limbs and bad acne. The tannins in Allspice act as a mild anesthetic for treating arthritis, sore muscles or minor aches and pains.