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New Moon Incense – Dispelling, Purification and Breaking Bad

I put together a loose incense for my New Moon work for daughter. It’s purpose was to break this foulness that seems to have attached itself to her in the forms of depression (yes she is being clinically treated).

How do I compose these ingredients? Why do I choose this over that? Most times I like to limit my ingredients to less than 5. There is no reason to dump the entire kitchen sink into the recipe, however, as you will see, yeah, I’m not fucking around.

First, determine the action you want and what is working against you. We felt there was some sort of nebulous, dark energy attachment that needed to be strongly dealt with.

Second, mentally think out the personal dynamic and what you feel about the materials you have chosen. This is where intuition plays a part; the more you work with the materials you use (in my case organic herbs, spices, resins and plants), the more comfortable and “right” you will feel about your choices. For example, my choice of a Willow bark and St. Johns Wort was specific to this situation.

Thirdly, how will you use it. This compound was to be tossed on a fire of pine and birch (both protective trees) so it didn’t need to be bound into a cone form. I wanted something composed of burnable materials like roots and flowers, as well as resins which smoked.

Root and Floral elements:

Galangal Root (Low John) – energy, strength, courage, hex breaking, burn to remove ill spells and break curses.

Burdock Root – protection, healing, wards off negativity, holds sacred space.

St. Johns Wort – Banishes, protects against black witchcraft, burn to banish demons and spirits. Linked to helping depression medically.

Willow Bark – Guards against negativity, brings in the spirit of the moon, ending pain. I use a willow wand in my work and felt this would benefit our mother-daughter connection.

Resins:

Myrrh – consecration, healing, enhances any magickal working.

Frankincense – enables the divine to manifest. Consecration, protection, purification.

Copal – love and purification, sets sacred space, allows guides and guidance to happen.

Dragons Blood – strong banishing powers, use with any spell to increase potency.

Spices:

Cloves – banishing, protection against evil forces,

Cumin – burn with Frankincense to increase Frankincense’s ability.

Black Pepper – burn to dispel bad vibrations, being a spice is linked to increasing energy of a working and to casting off.

More Massage Blends for Romance

Here are my thoughts and reviews about some of the scent mixes recommended over the Internet. Links have been provided to the original recipe and my adaptations follow the original.

As I’ve written before scent is a very personal thing. You would do well to experiment with these combinations by using cotton balls and see if you and your lover find them appealing before mixing a huge batch and finding out you don’t like them at all! I’ve also found that the original scent changes quite a bit before it settles so give your test a day or so for all the scents to age into each other.

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Original: Sandalwood and Jasmine recipe at Aroma Web. I actually needed something else to tone down the floral as Jasmine often gives me a headache at full strength. You can choose one of the following: Black Pepper (1), Clove (1), Myrrh (1), to slide the scent towards a more masculine appeal; or Clary Sage (2), Rosewood (2), or one of the Oranges for a more fruity uplift.

Silky Spice

2 ounces Massage Oil

Sandalwood (12) ~ you can exchange for Cedarwood

Bergamot (8) ~ exchange with Rosewood, Clary Sage or one of the Oranges

Jasmine (3)

Myrrh (2) ~ you can exchange with Cinnamon Leaf, Cardamom, Black Pepper or Clove Bud

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Mood for Love by Birch Hill: Sandalwood (3) to Rose (2) added to 2 Tbps (or 1 ounce) of Massage Lotion. Again, floral scents way overpower me. A little goes a long way.

Romantic Encounter (Birch Hill) has a combination of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Bergamot. Since those two floral scents together would have blasted me away (not in a good way) I didn’t try that one. If you really like florals, it might be worth your experimental effort.

Romantic Massage #1 (Birch Hill) combines equal parts Cedarwood (2) with Clary Sage (2), adding Orange (1) and Vanilla at 10% (5 drops) to 1 ounce massage oil (btw you don’t have to use Almond and I recommend you don’t if you have a nut allergy). Sounded good but as always I can’t stop from meddling.

French Kiss

2 ounces Massage Oil

Cedarwood (8) ~ alternatives would be Sandalwood, Frankincense and even Myrrh.

Clary Sage (8) ~ exchange with Bergamot

Vanilla at 10% (6)

Orange, Neroli (4) ~ if this orange is too sweet for you, exchange with sweet orange.

Romantic Massage #2 (Birch Hill) is the same as the basic Sandalwood/Jasmine mix but at equal drop amounts. Added to the blend is Ylang Ylang and Orange. Because of Jasmine’s strong floral I would actually reduce the Jasmine amount in this recipe by quite a bit. The same goes for Ylang Ylang. Because most of these scents were not my favorites, I didn’t try it but if you like florals a lot go for it!

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Aura Cacia has a lot of online recipes for romance. Most of their recipes are variation on the same theme: Vanilla Essence at a high drop dosage, with added Cardamom and Orange. Or Vanilla with some sort of floral scent (Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang etc..). Probably my favorite was this Chocolove that I made some small changes too:

Chocolate Seduction

Vanilla at 10% (16 drops)

Rose Otto (3 drops)

Sweet Orange (2)

Peppermint, Chocolate (2)

Cardamom (1)

Erotic Blend has Vanilla, Sweet Orange, Cardamom and Rose Absolute. However, looking over the other recipe, I preferred the Sensual Vanilla with a few changes

Guilty Pleasure

1/4 cup Aura Cacia Cocoa Butter

Vanilla at 10% (20 drops)

Orange, Sweet (2)

Cardamom (2)

Clove (2) for masculine/spicy OR Rose Otto (2) for feminine/floral

Spicy Seduction combines Vanilla, Rose and Clove.

Lovers Massage is the same Sandalwood and Rose mix you commonly see. Take that and add Vanilla, you get Lusty Love Massage.

Subtle Seduction has Jasmine, Patchouli and Vanilla. Not a big fan of the first two and knowing how strong Jasmine and Patchouli are, I would doubt this seduction is anything but subtle. LOL!

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Rise to the Occasion

14 Rosemary

6 Ginger

4 Cinnamon

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To make it easier for everyone to know how I do my own work (of course feel free to develop your own method!), I’ve put together this post: Blending a Massage Oil with Essential Oils (photos now added). For my blog, you can click the category Essential Oils & Herbs located on the right and it will show you a directory of posts of all the essential oils I’ve explored on the blog.

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NOTE: I’d recommend being very careful and not use this in the genital area. Really, when it comes to anything in the tender spots, it’s best to use plain old oil (if you really are rambunctious I’d recommend unscented Canola or Olive oil and lots of it). You never know how those sensitive tissues will react to essential oils. And they could react very, very unpleasantly. Your night of passion could end you up in the emergency room instead.

WARNING: If pregnant, some of the above are not recommended so do your research beforehand. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t poisonous or toxic! Research and inform yourself! Always do a test on your skin with the diluted massage oil to confirm you and your partner have no issues with the essential oils you have used.

BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. :)

Crones Moon and Spiral Dance body oil recipes

August will make my 50th birthday and I’m peri-menopausal, marking a lot of changes in my skin, hair, and feminine cycles. This is a fact of life that won’t be changed but symptoms can be alleviated and I can take care of myself with loving self attention.

I can’t stress enough that the best thing you can do for your skin is:

Eat fish twice a week

Eat more than your minimum fruit and vegetables each day

Reduce or eliminate smoking and drinking (smoking kills your skin among other things)

Reduce or eliminate (never going to happen in this world) caffeine, processed sugars, and processed food.

Limit eating out to twice or once a week if even that. Make it a pleasure not an every day occurrence (something I need to get back too for sure).

Drink more water and less soda, tea or coffee.

Exercise a bit each day, even if it is just a 20 minute walk.

Wear Sunglasses whenever you exit the house unless it is nighttime! I live in a Sunshine state and trust me I’m far less wrinkled than my peers because I have been faithful to wearing sunglasses!

Wear sunblock, especially on your face. There are a lot of light, base makeups that now have sunscreen within them. A large hat also helps for when you are gardening or doing extended outside chore work.

When I was doing so well on my healthy eating, I saw a huge change in my skin. All the cellulite disappeared and though I’ve gained back it’s not returned. Kinda odd to tell the truth so I can vouch for cleaning up the diet really makes the skin change. My face had a glow to it I had never seen before and I was in my mid forties. With some dietary changes, I’m hoping I can return to that.

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This project deals with the skin and is a body oil I can use 2-3 times a week. I knew I wanted to pick a carrier oil beneficial to overall dry to average skin (my face is actually oily-dry combo but my body skin borders on dry). For that purpose I picked Sweet Almond Oil however, if you are allergic to nuts, substitute with another carrier oil, perhaps Jojoba or Grapeseed.

To the carrier oil, I added some liquid Vitamin E. Vitamin E which can help against acne, dark circles under the eyes, skin blemishes etc.. when used with moderation.

Next decide what essential oils would benefit your skin type. For example, if you are in your 30’s and 40’s you may see more benefit from the Vitamin C found in Oranges. At fifty, not so much – that train has left the station:

Bergamot – acne, oily skin, psoriasis.
Carrot Seed – be sure to blend to relive the smell. Eczema, mature skin, toxin build up, water retention (this stuff is expensive! so I passed)
Cedarwood (Atlas) – acne, dandruff, dermatitis.
Cypress – menorrhagia, oily skin, varicose veins.
Jasmine – dry skin, sensitive skin
Juniper Berry – acne, cellulitis, toxin build up.
Lavender – Acne, athletes foot, bruises, burns, dermatitis, insect bites, itching, oily skin, scars, stretch marks.
Orange, Neroli – Mature skin, scars, stretch marks.
Orange, Sweet – dull skin.
Orange, Petitgrain – Acne, oily skin.
Patchouli – Acne, dermatitis, eczema, mature skin, oily skin.
Roman Chamomile – dermatitis, inflamed skin, insect bites.
Rose – Menopause, mature skin, eczema.
Sandalwood – dry skin, chapped skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, stretch marks.

For myself, I’ll be experimenting with Lavender, Neroli, and Sandalwood. I have mature body skin that is dry with some stretch marks. For Grenwinae, I’ve chosen Cypress, Juniper Berry, Orange (Sweet), with a hint of Black Pepper (circulation) and Ginger (circulation). He has a family history of varicose veins, poor circulation and stomach/digestive issues.

The ones I’ve chosen are based upon the (supposed) medicinal values and not the scents. That’s where doing a small mix of concentrated drops would allow you to sniff out if they work together smell-wise.

How to use: After bath or before bed, self massage about a quarter size amount each into your arms. legs, stomach, chest, neck, buttocks, thighs and calves. Massage should be brisk and vigorous, but not hard to hurt – just to stimulate. Rub in clockwise circles.

Note, oil may stain sheets or get them oily, so try a spare sheet or towel on the bed before laying down. Generally, it should absorb within the hour and if it does you may want to gently wipe off some of the excess with a warm washcloth.

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Crones’ Moon Body Oil
Mature, dry body skin with some stretch marks

2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1 ounce Jojoba Oil
1 ounce Vitamin E
24 drops Lavender Essential Oil
24 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
12 drops Orange (Neroli) Essential Oil

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Spiral Dance Body Oil
For dull skin needing circulation, cleansing, and detox

2 ounces Sweet Almond Oil
1 ounce Vitamin E
15 Cypress Essential Oil
15 Juniper Berry Essential Oil
9 Orange (Sweet) Essential Oil
4 drops Black Pepper Essential Oil
4 drops Ginger Essential Oil

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I’ll be trying these for a month and report back my thoughts. If you use any of the recipes, I’d like your feedback. Of course, I hope you like them but scent is a highly personal thing.

WARNING!  Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t poisonous or toxic! Research and inform yourself! Always seek medical advice from a professional ~ not the internet! BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. 😀

Just Another Love Song (massage oil)

A new love massage oil blend that we used this weekend. It’s a lighthearted, uplifting combination whereas the Lovers Touch Massage Oil I posted earlier was spicier and generated heat.

Just Another Love Song

2 ounces Massage Oil (try Sesame Seed Oil – not toasted)

Cedarwood (16) ~ you can exchange with Sandalwood for a stronger, earthier scent

Vanilla at 10% (12)

Sweet Orange (6) ~ or try the more exotic and sweet Neroli (Orange)

Cinnamon Leaf (2) ~ Alternate with Clove to go more spicy.

This scent changes rapidly as it ages. Originally, the Cedarwood and Vanilla were strong, than Vanilla and lastly it changed to Sweet Orange with a hint of Cinnamon. This blend reinforced to me the importance of letting a scent mature before deciding you like or dislike it. Remember, Orange can be Phototoxic so don’t use before going out into the sun.

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Image by Ellen Levy Finch

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To make it easier for everyone to know how I do my own work (of course feel free to develop your own method!), I’ve put together this post: Blending a Massage Oil with Essential Oils (photos now added). For my blog, you can click the category Essential Oils & Herbs located on the right and it will show you a directory of posts of all the essential oils I’ve explored on the blog.

NOTE: I’d recommend being very careful and not use this in the genital area. Really, when it comes to anything in the tender spots, it’s best to use plain old oil (if you really are rambunctious I’d recommend unscented Canola or Olive oil and lots of it). You never know how those sensitive tissues will react to essential oils. And they could react very, very unpleasantly. Your night of passion could end you up in the emergency room instead.

WARNING: If pregnant, some of the above are not recommended so do your research beforehand. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean it isn’t poisonous or toxic! Research and inform yourself! Always do a test on your skin with the diluted massage oil to confirm you and your partner have no issues with the essential oils you have used.

BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. 😀

Uplifting and warm, massage oil for couples

I found some great recipes for massage oils on the Internet but had a few problems with them. Most used Ylang Ylang essential oil as a base and both of us find Ylang Ylang to be vomit inducing. Not exactly what I wanted for a romantic time together. I’ll be trying out more varieties as the pocketbook allows, yet for now, using what I had on hand, this is what I came up with:

Love’s Touch Massage Oil

2 ounces (1/4 cup) of Grapeseed oil. I prefer grapeseed as a massage oil as it doesn’t leave as much of a greasy residue on the skin and also glides easier. Experiment with what you and your partner like as a carrier oil.

Jasmine – 4 drops. Uplifting and joyful.
Orange – 4 drops. Tones down the floral, potentially cloying scent, of Jasmine
Ginger – 3 drops. Heat generating.
Black Pepper – 1 drop. Heat generating. Adds an afterkick of spice smell.
Clove – 1 drop. Heat generating and like Black Pepper, gives a bit of spice undertone.

After trying this out, definitely the Ginger, Black Pepper and Clove will generate heat! The longer you let the scent mature, the stronger the Jasmine will emerge. The masculine scents of Ginger, Black Pepper and Clove balance the floral scent so I think this scent would appeal to both masculine and feminine personalities.

The above recipe was adapted from one I saw here (Aphrodisiac Bath), but I changed the amounts and some ingredients to better suit a massage oil application. I personally favor woodsy, spicy or citrus smells. I find floral smells like Jasmine, Rose, Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, etc… a bit much on their own.

NOTE: I’d recommend being very careful and not use this in the genital area. Really, when it comes to anything in the tender spots, it’s best to use plain old oil (if you really are rambunctious I’d recommend unscented Canola or Olive oil and lots of it). You never know how those sensitive tissues will react to essential oils. And they could react very, very unpleasantly. Your night of passion could end you up in the emergency room instead.

WARNING: If pregnant, some of the above are not recommended so do your research beforehand. Ginger, Black Pepper and Clove can irritate sensitive skin – especially if you increase the ratio above what I’ve recommended. I’d recommend diluting essential oils to the massage oil recipe and than using on the inside of your wrist or thigh and see if your skin reacts.

BTW I don’t have sensitive skin, health concerns, not using prescribed or recreational drugs, no allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. 🙂

massage oil for creaky knees

I’m having a slight problem with my knees being sore. Too much sitting and being too fat is taking a toll. It’s probably the beginning of old age so I figured I better try out some help.

First I tried Recipe #1 here for arthritis. Didn’t really see much help. I ended up with the Sore Muscle Blend with 2 ounces of carrier oil and:

2 drops Ginger

5 drops Black Pepper

4 drops Peppermint

5 drops Eucalyptus

It provides some temporary relief when rubbed over the kneecaps morning and evening.

BTW I don’t have sensitive skins, allergies, not pregnant etc.. so read up before you use it. Not responsible for you. 🙂

Vulture’s Tears (essential oil blend)

After a week of experimenting, I’ve made my first massage oil blend. Dedicated to Vulture, it’s a blend to prepare for a transformation – letting go of the past, what has not served, releasing grief, anxiety and stress and consecrating for the change. It’s not the change itself – it’s the preparation and the work that has to be done – the letting go so you can feel free to cross over the bridge to the other side.

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Last night, Grenwinae gave me a massage using my oil blend I had put together, based on my thoughts on my Animal Guide, Vulture. At first he said it was nice smell, subtle. Than as time went on he finally said, “it’s kind of a … hm well a downer.” LOL!

As the night progressed, we ended up both having a bit of a cry over our situation – being stuck in separate states, money, waiting etc… – The next day in discussing it again, we both agreed the blend had a mellow sadness. Not full out despair but a quiet mourning.

EXACTLY what this is designed for! So this blend is not for the person who is already depressed and sobbing all the time. It’s not for hysteria and those who about ready to slip off the edge of their sanity due to racking loss. It’s designed for the stoic, the person who holds it all in, the person who refuses to let go but needs to let go. And the person who has done so much grieving, their heart is sore and empty. A time where the grief has become a mourning and you are ready to turn a corner.

Vulture’s Tears

2 ounces of carrier oil

6 drops Cypress (middle note) ~ overcome grief, sadness and loss,
brings understanding of our losses and sacrifices, useful in time of crises. Stimulates.

8 drops Juniper Berry (middle note) ~ cleansing and protection, release of grief,  calming, good for those emotionally exhausted.

6 drops Lime (top note) ~ calms hysteria and anxiety, cleanses the aura. Invigorating.

8 drops Frankincense (base note) ~ relieves depression, anxiety, grief.  Slow downs and calms breathing. Cleanses, purifies and consecrates.

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Turkey Vulture – image from wikipedia

Vulture is about family – they live in communal groups and in the morning they face the rising sun, spreading their feathers in order to dry them.  She is often seen connected to Solar imagery. A Wind Rider, She conserves Her energy and uses the Earth and Wind to take Her where She needs to be. Turkey Vulture has keen eyesight and smell.

She may be passed over due to Her appearance, which many might find disgusting, but it is Her inner qualities that are important. Vultures often have a lack of feathers on their heads to prevent acquiring disease and parasites from the animals they eat. Vulture kills nothing yet her clean up duties prevents disease and thus provides an ultimate service to the human and animal web of life.

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Griffon Vulture ~ image from wikipedia

She is the Handmaiden who prepares the flesh to make the great transformation of leaving the body and becoming spirit. Vulture, as a psychopomp, allows us to understand the need for death and decay in the cycle of birth and transformation.

I love how the Ancient Egyptians and Native Americans didn’t shy from Her work. It’s our modern distaste of facing the ending of our cycle of life which makes Vulture either a joke or repellent.

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image from wikipedia

BTW the feather Maat used was that of an Ostrich, not a Vulture. However, Maat is depicted with wings thought to be a Vultures, and she was also accompanied by Vultures. Check out Nekhbet, the White Vulture goddess of Ancient Egypt.

Blending a Massage Oil with Essential Oils

How I put this all together….

When you first start testing a blend, I highly recommend using cottonballs or test strips to mix drops of essential oil before jumping into making a full blend. It will cut down on wastage of your essential oils, many of which are expensive. Personal preferences to smells varies considerably – I’d definitely do sniff tests to see which ones you personally like/dislike.

Be sure to read up on the essential oil you want to use and know if it has any negative effects on your health (i.e. pregnancy, arthritis, heart disease, liver disease, medications etc…). You might like to research what emotional and spiritual uses the essential oil has before using it.

For my blog, you can click the category Essential Oils & Herbs located on the right and it will show you a directory of posts of all the essential oils I’ve explored on the blog.

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The first step is to determine the blend itself by working with it in a concentrated format. To conserve your, sometimes, very expensive essential oils, you start mixing in small, concentrated amounts. Using directions from AromaWeb I  started with 2 tsp of carrier oil with the following essential oil mixture (previously cotton ball tested):

3 drops Cypress (middle note) ~ overcome grief, sadness and loss, brings understanding of our losses and sacrifices, useful in time of crises. Stimulates.

4 drops Juniper Berry (middle note) ~ cleansing and protection, release of grief, calming, good for those emotionally exhausted.

3 drops Lime (top note) ~ calms hysteria and anxiety, cleanses the aura. Invigorating.

4 drops Frankincense (base note) ~ relieves depression, anxiety, grief. Slow downs and calms breathing. Cleanses, purifies and consecrates. 

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Selected essential oils and carrier oil were mixed together
in a glass votive (photo shows another blend)

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Notes are related to how quickly an essential oil evaporates – high notes first, middle next, base are last. For example, the top note (30 percent) is the smell  you will notice first, after a few hours, the middle notes (50 percent) will start to bloom, and lastly the base notes (20 percent) which may even linger for several days on your skin. BTW the percentages of the notes is an estimate recommended by AromaWeb.

This is why you might smell something you like at first and hours later go yuck. Or the converse can be true such as my experience with Cypress as an essential oil. It may take several days for the entire mixture to bloom as one unit.

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Mixing for a massage oil, I could go up to a maximum 30 total drops for 2 oz (60 ml) of carrier oil (ratio 2 tsp/10 ml to every 5 drops of EO) outlined in The Illustrated Guide to Massage and Aromatherapy, Catherine Stuart, editor. Remember,  if any of the oils you select are a skin irritant or is cautionary in use, you should always scale the drop dosage to lower than you might for another essential oil that doesn’t have issues.

For the final mixture I’ll use on my skin, I took the 14 drop mixture of the concentrated blend (above) and doubled it.

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A cotton ball soaks up the test blend and is put in a labeled plastic baggie.
2-3 days later if it pasts the sniff test, I make a 2 ounce sample (labeled) to work with.

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Because I will be experimenting with my own blends, I bought 2 oz. plastic squeeze bottles (which holds 1/4 cup or 4 Tbsp or almost 60 ml of carrier oil). Preferably you will want dark, glass bottles to ensure your essential oils last a long time. These are experiments that will be used up quickly and I didn’t want a glass bottle on my bed or in the tub area. Metal containers will react unfavorably so do not use them to store your mixtures or use metal tools to stir your mixtures.

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Here are some possible substitutions (however, each substitute takes you farther from the smell and intention I originally designed so do your own research on meanings, uses and safety cautions):

Juniper Berry could be substituted with Tea Tree, Scotch Pine, or Roman Chamomile.

Lime could be substituted for another Citrus such as Lemon or one of the Oranges. I found the orange made it too sweet a smell for me but you might like it better than Lime.  You might try one from the mint family such as Bergamot. All of these are also phototoxic.

Another option for Frankincense could be Bergamot (phototoxic), Angelica Root, Cedarwood, Sandlewood, Patchouli, or even Vanilla.

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Although many of the components used are invigorating/stimulating, I didn’t find it difficult to fall asleep after use. This may differ for you so try it out. Remember, Lime can be phototoxic so if going out to the sun after use, make sure your body where the massage oil was applied is covered from sunlight.