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Llewellyn's Complete Formulary of Magical Oils: Over 1200 Recipes, Potions & Tinctures for Everyday Use (Llewellyn's Complete Book Series) Paperback – September 8, 2012
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About the Author
Celeste Rayne Heldstab (Monroe, LA) has over twentyfive years of experience creating oils and incense for companies and individuals. Since 2000, she has taught many workshops on how to utilize essential oils in magical applications, along with tarot reading and incense making. She follows an eclectic spiritual path that incorporates Native American beliefs and voodoo, and manages an online store that sells incense, oils, and other products.
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Top Customer Reviews
This isn't the book for you.
Now, granted, the author has cited her sources, which is why she gets two stars instead of one. But the oil recipes....no. Just no. They appear to have been pulled from a mixed bag of sources, including Cunningham, Slater, Marlborough, and others, with a result that is at times just BAFFLING. It's a slap-dash mix of traditions and recipes without any sense of consistency. Lavender as a jinx-breaker? Bayberry for cursing? Bay laurel for Black Devil oil? *MAKING* graveyard dust with herbs? None of this is traditional, none of this is accepted in modern Pagan or hoodoo correspondences, and the fact that people may buy this book and think the information in it is accurate actually PAINS me.
The author is also convinced that synthetic oils are A-OK for magical purposes. Which, again, no. Both Pagan and hoodoo correspondences are about plants - bayberry (for example) is almost always job or money related. Not bayberry scent, not synthetic bayberry - BAYBERRY. The plant. From which you can obtain an essential oil (though it's ungodly expensive) and mix with other essential oils - each with it's own correspondence - to create magical oils. Synthetic oils might smell the same, but they're not natural. They're not taken from the plant. Which means that magically speaking, they're pretty much useless. And feel free to wave me away as one nutcase purist, but go poke around in some of the older, respected oil books and you'll see the same thing - synthetics have no place in magick.Read more ›
This is a good book, but I don't think I can recommend it for a beginner unless you intend to mainly make magical oils and perfumes. Even though it's listed to include therapeutic health & beauty recipes, I couldn't help but gloss over that chapter because there are 1200 recipes, all magical as I had interpreted it. The third section is where therapeutic uses are included; it was a little confusing finding where they were because I had expected them to be listed among the main recipes. It's kind of overwhelming to find something that stands out, as all recipes have a brief description. I'll have to look elsewhere for an all-purpose essential oil book. I am dabbling in perfumes and interested in magical oils, so this book will not go to waste by any means, but I'm disappointed I didn't read further about its contents before spending $15 on a limited-use book. It's not exactly what I was looking for, it's not all what I expected, but I do believe it to be filled with useful information. I believe the rating I'm giving for the actual book to be fair and not completely basing my opinion of it on my expectations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is by far the best book ever written on the subject of oils in thw magical setting. I have read scores of books on this very subject & this is hands down the best of them all! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leslie A. Yetter
I create spiritual oils using carrier and essential oils and this book is an awesome tool for research and references for my personal library.Published 3 months ago by Timamu
This book was highly recommended on a podcast I listen to. The content is very thorough and shows a lot of knowledge. This will definitely be prominent in my personal library!Published 3 months ago by ParaTam
This book is great for Super fast magical formulations when you don't want to read through all the hoopla lol. So good for an experienced person. Excellent ReadPublished 3 months ago by Rachel H
This is a great book with lots of recipes for making your own oil. I like to create my own blends. I like to know where the ingredients are from and how my oils are made. Read morePublished 4 months ago by stacia lee
I have made countless spiritual oils from this book! I value it and it is a staple in my collation. Worth every penny!Published 4 months ago by Travis Sanders
I love love love this book! There are SO many recipes that I have to stop myself from making them all.
This book definitely belongs in EVERYONE's magickal library!