Magickal tinctures are another form of using the smell of botanicals to help focus intent and energy by stimulating your consciousness through smell. Using different types of herbs and resins can help focus energy for specific intents. They’re also a great way to create simply aromatics for the home, with of course some added magickal stimulus. You can make tinctures for a variety of uses, depending on the herbs you use. Alcohol based tinctures have a longer shelf life, often lasting several years, but tinctures can also be made with glycerine, for bathing spells, and for consumable tinctures you can use vinegar or even honey. Obviously check with your provider and research whether the herbs you wish to include are consumable.
Today I created a purification, positivity and divination tincture to use as a spray in the home, help me focus during readings and to clear my divination tools (cards and pendulum) before each use. I gathered some dry herbs with these intentions in mind: lavender (for protection, peace and divination), sage (purification and exorcism), marigold (protection and psychic abilities) and vervain (love, protection and healing). Herbs often correspond to various things in our universe, (sex, planets, constelations, elements, etc.) I used two masculine (lavender & marigold) and two feminine (sage & vervain) corresponding herbs to give the tincture and added balanced. A great resource for magickal properties of hebs is the tried and true Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, but there are some other great resources out there, even online.
What You’ll Need
- A clean glass jar with lid
- Consumable alcohol like vodka or rum- at least 80 proof (or apple cider vinegar or food grade vegetable glycerine)
- Herbs of choice for the intention you wish
- Clean and cut up several fresh or dried herbs.
- Put them in a clean container (preferably glass)
- Use a vodka that has 50% alcohol content (also known as 100 proof)
- Add the alcohol at a 2:1 ratio (i.e. 2 cups of vodka to 1 cup of herbs)
- If you are using dried roots, use a 5 to 1 ratio instead (i.e. 5 cups of vodka to 1 cup of dried roots)
- Put the lid on the jar. Store the jar in a cool/dry place, shaking daily, for at least three weeks and up to six months.
Finally, you can either strain the tincture using a cheesecloth or leave the herbs inside for added aroma. Once the tincture begins to lose it’s potency you can replace the herbs for fresh ones to help maintain the aroma.