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Need a touch of magic in your life? Aromatherapy might be just what the witch doc­tor or­dered! Mys­tic Matt guides you through the in­censes and oils that’ll get you through any sitch.

Dolly - - Destiny -

Ac­cord­ing to old-school mys­ti­cal wis­dom, cer­tain aro­mas have pow­er­ful ef­fects on peo­ple. Nowa­days, aromatherapy is very pop­u­lar with med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers, as it helps heal cer­tain phys­i­cal and men­tal probz. Here’s a run­down of in­cense and oils, and how to ac­cess their ~mag­i­cal~ prop­er­ties.

ES­SEN­TIAL OILS

They’re pretty much na­ture in a bot­tle – they hold prop­er­ties that ben­e­fit the skin, body and mind. You can tap into their spir­i­tual vi­bra­tions by ap­ply­ing them to a mag­i­cal item like a can­dle, amulet or crys­tal for spell-cast­ing, adding them to your bath or ap­ply­ing a few drops to your wrists, neck and over your heart. It’s im­por­tant to di­lute the oil first, as some raw es­sen­tial oils can be a bit harsh on the skin. Add five to seven drops of your cho­sen oil to 1⁄8 cup of a base oil, such as sun­flower, co­conut, apri­cot ker­nel, jo­joba, al­mond, hazel­nut or grape­seed. And, of course, do a patch test first to make sure you’re not al­ler­gic to it.

IN­CENSE

This pu­ri­fied smoke ra­di­ates its scent when it’s lit, re­leas­ing mys­ti­cal en­ergy in the process. It comes in var­i­ous forms: flavoured in­cense sticks and cones; es­sen­tial oils burnt in an aroma burner; raw in­gre­di­ents that can be burnt. When burn­ing in­cense, make sure the area is clear, and never leave it unat­tended, obvs.

Here’s how your pow­er­ful new best friends can get you through any sitch…

YOU’VE BEEN FEEL­ING SU­PER STRESSED AND NEED TO CALM THE EFF DOWN

IN­CENSE: Laven­der, rose, san­dal­wood

OILS: Chamomile, clary sage, frank­in­cense, laven­der, myrrh, rose ab­so­lute, tuberose, ylang ylang

DOLLY DESTINY BLEND: Com­bine three drops of ylang ylang, three drops of laven­der, two drops of chamomile and one drop of rose ab­so­lute. Dab onto your body when you’re feel­ing stressed to bring all of the chilled feels.

YOU’VE JUST BRO­KEN UP WITH YOUR BF *SAD FACE*

IN­CENSE: Cin­na­mon, ju­niper, oregano, rose­mary, sage

OILS: Car­na­tion, ju­niper, laven­der, myrrh, oregano, rose­mary, san­dal­wood

DOLLY DESTINY BLEND: The scent of oregano en­cour­ages us to for­get about past BFS. Burn oregano as in­cense, heat the es­sen­tial oil in an aroma burner and/or wear the oil to delete your ex from your mem­ory.

YOU’VE GOT YOUR EYE ON THE HOT GUY IN CLASS

IN­CENSE: Cedar, cin­na­mon, clove, rose­mary

OILS: Car­damom, clove, frank­in­cense, gin­ger, jas­mine, ju­niper, pal­marosa, patchouli, rose, vi­o­let, ylang ylang

DOLLY DESTINY BLEND: Add two ta­ble­spoons each of jas­mine, laven­der and rose oils to 28 grams of a base oil. Dab a few drops on your fore­head and over your heart to make the boys no­tice you.

YOU’RE TRY­ING TO SUM­MON ALL OF THE DOL­LAR BILLZ

IN­CENSE: All­spice, basil, ben­zoin, cin­na­mon, clove, lemon, nut­meg, pine OILS: Basil, gin­ger, laven­der, patchouli, pine, rose, ve­tiver, ylang ylang DOLLY DESTINY BLEND: Go­ing for a job in­ter­view? Com­bine four drops of ylang ylang, three drops of laven­der and one drop of rose oil. Dab it on be­fore the in­ter­view and it’ll help you make a great im­pres­sion.

THERE LOW-KEY MIGHT BE A BAD SPIRIT IN YOUR ROOM

IN­CENSE: An­gel­ica, basil, bay, cin­na­mon, clove, dragon’s blood, fern, frank­in­cense, ju­niper, mint, patchouli, pine, rose­mary, san­dal­wood

OILS: Clove, frank­in­cense, pep­per­mint, pine

DOLLY DESTINY BLEND: It’s said that no evil en­ti­ties can re­side in the same space as frank­in­cense, patchouli and san­dal­wood. Burn all three to ban­ish any bad in­flu­ences from your area.

YOU’RE SU­PER NER­VOUS ABOUT SOME­THING AND NEED A DOSE OF COURAGE

IN­CENSE: Dragon’s blood, frank­in­cense, musk, vanilla

OILS: Black pep­per, clove, gin­ger, musk, rose gera­nium, yar­row

DOLLY DESTINY BLEND: To em­brace your in­ner Kat­niss Everdeen, com­bine one part frank­in­cense, one part rose gera­nium and a few drops each of musk and vanilla oils. Wear it or burn it in an aroma burner, then re­call the scent when you’re lack­ing courage to feel strong AF.

YOU NEEDA HIT THE BOOKS BE­FORE THAT BIG EXAM

IN­CENSE: Ben­zoin, frank­in­cense, laven­der, myrrh, rose­mary

OILS: Frank­in­cense, laven­der, rose­mary

DOLLY DESTINY BLEND: Dab a drop of frank­in­cense oil be­hind your ears to help you fo­cus, and burn rose­mary in­cense to en­hance your mem­ory re­call so you can re­mem­ber vi­tal info dur­ing the exam.

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