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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.
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.
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.
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.