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.