ritual cleansing oil

We are making a few plans before Grenwinae’s winter vacation ends, such as a trip to Missouri to clean out the rental house. While there I want to do some ceremonies and because of some changes in the house in Oklahoma, I am finding myself in need of a ritual cleansing oil.

I have a variety of Incense, Sage, sweet grass, Myrrh, frankincense, Palo Santo wood etc.. to do smudging ceremonies. However, for some objects, I would like to use a scented olive oil to cleanse the object of any previous energy. This is especially true of containers, bowls and bells.

Of course I could use specific oils to ready something for a specific crafting (i.e. protection, prosperity, health etc…) but in this instance I am looking for something to vanquish, cleanse and prepare an item for a later step. This list is gathered from several online sources (see the bottom of this post for links) as well as my personal choices as those easy to find and use.

Anise Star — to blend with Rose, Lavender, Orange, and spicy EO.

Camphor — to blend with Frankincense and Neroli. Purification and promotes celibacy.

Cedarwood (Atlas and Virginia) — Atlas is sharper in smell than Virginia. Enhances Spirituality.

Citronella — to blend with Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, Vanilla, and Bergamot.

Cypress — to blend with Mint and/or Citrus varieties (try grapefruit). Put in lower dosage when using it with floral scents. Blessing, concretion and protection. Assists in healing and easing loss.

Dragons Blood — Patchouli, Lavender, Rosemary and Tea Tree.

Eucalyptus — Used in purification blends.

Grapefruit — Purification.

Juniper Berry — to blend with Cedarwood, Cypress, Pine, Orange or Grapefruit. Purification, protection and healing.

Lemon — Benzoin, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Neroli, and  Ylang Ylang. Purification and healing oils associated with the moon.

Lemongrass — Basil, Jasmine, Lavender, Geranium, Fennel, Orange, Benzoin, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Sage, and other citrus oils. Psychic awareness and purification.

Lime — Bergamot, Lavender, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Lemongrass and Pine. Purification and protection.

Neroli — All other oils especially Lavender, Jasmine, Lemon, Clary Sage, Myrrh, and Vanilla. Spicy oils such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Happiness and purification.

Sweet Orange — Blends well with Grapefruit, Ginger, Tangerine Clary Sage, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cassia, Clove, and Lavender essential oils. Purification and associated with the Sun.

Peppermint — Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Spearmint, Benzoin, Black Pepper,  Melissa, Marjoram, and spice oils. Use in small quantities (1%). Purification.

Pine — Eucalyptus, Lavender, other spice oils and other coniferous oils. Purification, protection, money and healing formulas.

Spearmint — less intense than Peppermint. To blend with Peppermint, Basil, Orange, and Lavender.

It’s interesting that many of those listed are associated with common cleaning products for the home (soaps, dishwasher or laundry detergents, counter cleansers etc…. Citrus and pine scents can clear the air or the mind and smell “fresh.” Some smells may appeal or not appeal to you due to your personal history with them. If blending scents I would be aware of each individual scent and make sure they don’t compete with each other. For example, blending an invigorating scent with a relaxing one would be in opposition with their core values.

You may find that one essential oil seems related to a deity you follow. If oranges are related to the Sun, and Lemons with the Moon you may want to plan their use according to the time or day or male/female energies. A scent may trigger a memory for you or it’s history aligns with your own; for these reasons I am strongly drawn to pines, cedarwood and the citrus family.

Favorites for oil bases (carrier oils) include olive oil (easily obtained at a grocery store but has a strong smell), grapeseed oil (found at health food stores, sometimes at the grocer, no smell), and other possibilities include Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and/or Safflower Oil. If using Almond Oil be aware that it will effect you if you have nut allergies. Avoid GMO products like Canola Oil.


Sources: The Anointing article at Wiki gives you a short history that is interesting. An informative overview here at Spiritual Spells. Aroma Web has a one page, general article about anointing oils. Obsidians’ list of herb properties (which would also apply to your essential oils).

My own House Cleansing 101 article and my own article about how to create an Essential Oil blend.

Essential Oils sorted by purpose at Aroma Web’s Essential Oil for Spirituality, Pagan Dreams has several online anointing oil recipes. Blessed Be has quite a list. A variety of oils at Sibylline. Another list of Essential Oils and their properties at Sacred Wicca website. For posts about herbs, check out the Druids Well blog and Deep Glades Apothecary,


I put together a mix of Juniper Berry and Grapefruit Essential Oils, and made two samples: one with Olive Oil and the other with Grapeseed oil. I let the soaked cotton balls sit in a sealed plastic baggie for a few days and went back to it last night.

The Olive Oil one has a more “cleaning” scent, deeper and fruitier? Heavier? The Grapeseed Oil was lighter and airy. I’ve decided to use the Olive Oil for my use of cleansing tools – wiping away previous energies.

Each person has to choose oils that mean something to them… it all comes down to intent, preparation and use.


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