LEIGH STEELE :: ANOINTING OILS ::

Anointing with oils is a sacred, timeless tradition that beautifully pairs with everyday rituals as well as significant rites of passages.

While essential oils have gained popularity in the recent years, I am a true blue fan of infused oils.  Not only are infused oils environmentally easy on the earth, but they are simple and inexpensive to craft.  Young and old alike can create beautiful anointing oil combinations with wildcrafted and homegrown herbs and plants.    However, essential oils do offer diverse options for plants that may not necessarily be available locally.   

Infused oils simply consist of filling a glass jar with your choice of beautiful medicinal or fragrant flower petals and/or herbs.  Then, pour a quality carrier oil over the plant material until it fills to the top of the jar.   Seal tightly, store in a cool and dark spot, and wait anywhere from two to four weeks.   Once your plants have infused in the oil, you can use a cheesecloth to strain out the plant material and you will be left with healing infused oils.   Examples of carrier oils are jojoba oil (my favorite, as it doesn't go rancid), almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, rosehip oil, sunflower oil, etc.

Once you've decided on your set of infused or essential oils, experiment with the endless combinations of aromas.    You can create scents that are spicy, floral, sexy, bright, flirty, calming, woodsy, citrus, and fresh.

 

Here are a few simple recipes using both types of oils.  For these recipes, I use a .35 oz roller bottle and fill it almost to the top with carrier oil.  Roller bottles are a convenient way to utilize anointing oils as they travel easily and are less messy.   I also enjoy occasionally writing invisible words or phrases on my body with oils, which is a beautiful and powerful way to affirm love for your body and spirit.

 

Spirit Temple Anointing Oil
(A deep, smoky aroma with a hint of floral that invokes the Sacred)

  • Carrier Oil (which can also be an infused oil)

  • 2 drops of Jasmine EO

  • 2 drops of Sandalwood EO

  • 1 drop of Patchouli EO

RejuveMind Anointing Oil
(A bright and calming aroma that awakens the body and soul)

  • Carrier Oil (which can also be an infused oil)

  • 2 drops of Orange EO

  • 1 drop of Frankincense EO

  • 1 drop of Peppermint EO

Botanical Beauty Infused Anointing Oil
(A lovely, soft floral aroma with a bit of grounding from the Rosemary to shower gentle love and compassion for your body and heart).  Experiment with the amounts of each oil you add to suit your unique needs and preferences.

  • 1/2 a roller bottle full of Geranium or Rose infused oil

  • 1/4 a roller bottle full of Jasmine infused oil

  • 1/8 a roller bottle full of Chamomile infused oil

  • 1/8 a roller bottle full of Rosemary infused oil

LEIGH STEELE IS CO-AUTHOR OF POSTPARTUM ELATION (2016). A BIRTH DOULA, BIRTH CONSULTANT, AND FOLK BOTANICAL CRAFTER. HER MISSION IS TO HOLISTICALLY SUPPORT WOMEN ON THE PATH OF PREGNANCY, BIRTH, AND POSTPARTUM. LEIGH ADVOCATES FOR THE DIVERSE CHOICES WOMEN HAVE SURROUNDING FERTILITY, MOTHERHOOD, AND PARTNERSHIP AND FINDS HER DEEPEST SPIRITUAL CONNECTION THROUGH THIS FORM OF SERVITUDE.  HER HEART HAS BEEN EXPANDED BY HER FOUR CHILDREN AND THIS BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE LIFE FULL OF DESERT SUNSHINE, (MOSTLY) WELCOME CHAOS, AND EVERYDAY ADVENTURES. 

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