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How to use aromatherapy in magick

How to use aromatherapy in magick
In magick, scent can be used to alter the energy flow within an environment. Some scents are uplifting while others are nauseating. Therefore, the intentional use of scents in an environment can be a powerful component of magick practice.

If your area does not by nature smell nice, you will have to modify the scent of that area.

How to choose a scent

The first step in magickal aromatherapy is to identify sources of negative energy produced by scents, then cleanse the environment of those scents. Foul smells like rotting garbage can cause illness, as can especially strong smells like an overdose of perfume. Symptoms may include cough, headaches, nausea, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, and other respiratory and body symptoms.

Start by removing any obvious odor-producing debris from the area. Once that is done, check for perfumes, so-called "air fresheners", candles, and other scent-producing products.

Then, select a new scent appropriate to the place where you will be using it.

The meaning of scents

How to use aromatherapy in feng shui Select a new scent which will promote positive energy in the area:

Scent usage

Where to use aromatherapy? Scents can be placed around the home to protect and cleanse the home's energy flow. Once a new scent has been selected, place your new scent wherever you want to promote positive energy.

Note: If you are burning candles or incense, you will need to place a heatproof cork pad underneath.


The quickest option is to use a scented candle. Smaller candles can be placed into votive holders. Larger candles will require larger candleholders. One nice thing about candles is that you aren't committed to burning the entire candle at once.


Incense, especially loose incense, should be burned in a censer. To burn incense, fill a metal or ceramic censer with sand, salt, or small gravel.

Reed diffusers

For those with allergies, I recommend replacing chemical-filled "air fresheners" and similar with a reed diffuser and 100% pure essential oils. These are natural and produce less-potent scents when used in a carrier oil. This will also not trigger asthma attacks or similar the way that smoke from incense or a candle would. The important thing about using a reed diffuser is that the diffuser be placed securely on a flat surface so it doesn't tip over.

Further reading

You might also enjoy these books:

Wylundt's Book of Incense Wylundt's Book of Incense: A Magical Primer by Wylundt (Weiser Books, 1999): An excellent reference for DIY incense blends. Includes instructions for compounding different forms of incense (loose, cones, cylinders, and stick), recipes for different blends, and an extensive guide of herbs for use in incense including the common names of herbs. A must-have if you are interested in magickal scents.   The scented altar The Scented Altar: The Ritual Arts of Fine Incense & Fragrance by Katlyn (Mermade Magickal Arts, 1993): While not as extensive as Wylundt's incense book, this does contain a good selection of incense recipes. It also includes suggestions for how to burn incense, and there is also a section on divination by incense smoke.
Essential Oils Natural Remedies Essential Oils Natural Remedies (Althea Press, 2015): A good basic reference where you can look up your issue and find an appropriate oil or combination of oils to deal with the issue. I like that it's not brand-specific in the recommendations.   The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood (New World Library, 2016): An excellent reference guide with numerous charts for every possible essential oil usage.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

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