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Recommended Beginniner Oils

Common name Botanical name Elemental aspect Planetary aspect Note Source Toxicity info
Bergamot Citrus bergamia Water Venus Topw Fruit Do not use on skin that will be exposed to sun; Phototoxic
Clary Sage Salvia sclarea Water Neptune Middle Leaf Avoid if Pregnant; Do not use when drinking alcohol; Overuse can cause headaches
Clove Syzygium aromaticum Fire Mars Top Leaf/Bud Not recommended for use on skin; irritant
Frankincense Boswellia carteri Fire Jupiter Base Resin/ Sap Avoid if Pregnant
Jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum Water Moon Base Flower Use with caution if Pregnant
Lavender Lavendula angustifolia Air Mercury Middle Flower Avoid if Pregnant
Myrrh Commiphora myrrha Earth Saturn Base Resin/ Sap Avoid if Pregnant
Orange Citrus aurantium var. amara Fire Sun Top Fruit Minimal toxicity
Patchouly Pogostemon cablin Earth Saturn Base Leaf Minimal toxicity
Pine Pinus sylvestris Fire Mars Middle Needles Do not use on sensitive or irritated skin
Rose Rosa damascena; R. centifolia Earth Venus Middle Flower Use with caution if Pregnant
Rosemary Rosemaryus officinalis Air Mercury Middle Leaf Avoid if Pregnant, Epileptic or with High Blood Pressure
Sandal wood Santalum album Air Uranus Base Wood/ Bark Minimal toxicity
Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides Earth Pluto Base Leaf Minimal toxicity

Base notes last longest, Top notes are the weakest and will dissipate quickly if exposed to air. Middle notes hang in longer than Top notes, but not as long as Base notes.

Pregnant women should take extreme care when using oils or heavily scented products of any kind.Seek expert advice regarding the safe use of oils during this time. Also: All citrus oils have some risk of photo toxicity.

And speaking of allergies in general – it is always possible for anyone to have an allergic reaction to any oil or oil blend. When using oils on skin, be aware of any reactions that seem to be happening, and take first aid measures immediately. Flush the area with a lot of clean water and seek medical attention. Take the same steps (flush with clean water, seek medical help) if you spill undiluted essentials on yourself, or get them in your eyes, nose, mouth or an open wound.

True essences blended with organic carrier oils (not mineral oil or propylene glycol) are preferable to synthetic or “nature-identical” essences. Remember that essential oils are usually expensive. If you see them sold at a low price, they are most likely synthetic or blended. Synthetic or “nature-identical” oils have no place in magical oil craft.

Recommended Beginniner Oils

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