Crown of Success Oil

Crown of Success Oil

This is another complex oil, I think of it as kind of like the offensive counterpart to the defensive Fiery Wall of Protection Oil. It’s only used for positive works, though. It’s especially good for adults returning to school and people who run their own businesses, but it can be used in any situation where you desire to succeed.

There are a lot of ingredients in it. Mine has more oils than a lot of other rootworkers might use; I don’t like to have a lot of solids in my oils and if I can use the essential oil instead of dried herbs I usually will.

I used orange, allspice, cinnamon, geranium, lavender, bergamot, and rosemary oils; you could use dried herbals for the lavender, bergamot, and/or rosemary if you wanted. I added a pinch of anise seed, a small piece of High John the Conqueror root, and a chunk of pyrite. I’ve read of some rootworkers using a pinch of gold glitter, but glitter is made of plastic (sorry to bust your bubble if you thought it was made of unicorn farts) and I only want organic ingredients in my oils.

The bottle is from World Market, they have a good selection of small bottles for just $1.99.

Crown of Success can be used in candle spells (purple would be the right color here), used to dress things like resumes or business cards or school papers (dab a bit on each corner), or used as a personal fragrance. It’s got a really complex, but clean and bright, smell.


Fiery Wall of Protection Oil

Fiery Wall of Protection Oil

This is the most complicated oil I’ve made yet. I used olive oil as the carrier, my gut told me that was the right choice (and anyway this isn’t an oil you would ever use as a personal fragrance–it’s got cayenne pepper in it, for one thing).

There are 3 basic categories ingredients that go into this oil: protective ingredients, ingredients to “heat up” the oil, and things that I think of as “booster” ingredients that add strength.

Protective ingredients:

  • Rue
  • Sandalwood oil
  • Angelica root
  • Bay leaf
  • Dragon’s Blood resin

“Hot” ingredients:

  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Ginger


  • Frankincense
  • Blessed salt

You can make your own blessed salt by praying the 23rd psalm over any type of salt. I happen to have a stash of Dead Sea salt crystals that an Etsy seller included as a freebie, so I used a couple of those. I’ve heard of rootworkers who prefer pink salt for this oil, because it’s the presence of iron oxide that makes it pink.

You can use this oil to dress candles, anoint your window and door frames, or as a component in left-handed works to protect yourself from counterattack.

Mason Jar Vigil Lamp

vigil light

Lamps have been used in magico-religious systems much longer than candles, although candles are a lot more common now. Lamps are good for long-term spells, and once you have the materials they’re actually more economical than candles. Plus they can be “loaded” with appropriate items.

This is a lamp for protection of the family, so I used a blue mason jar. The fuel is canola oil (olive oil would also be appropriate here), and the wick is a length of rolled cotton bandaging. Inside is a whole angelica root, a chunk of dragon’s blood resin, and a cat’s eye shell–all strong protective items. They were all dressed with Peaceful Home Oil (and I added a few drops of it to the fuel oil) and smudged with sandalwood incense before being placed in the jar. Under the lamp is a petition paper; a family photo would also work.

You can use these lamps for virtually any purpose, just fill them with items appropriate to the purpose and make sure you use the right color. Apparently some people leave theirs perpetually lit, but I am way too paranoid for that. I light it when the sun goes down and pinch it out when I go to bed. (NEVER blow out a lamp, or a candle unless the spell is over–and usually you’re supposed to let them burn out. Blowing a flame out signifies the spell is over.)

Peaceful Home Oil

Peaceful Home Oil

This one is not, as the kids say, canon. I started with a base of the traditional oil ingredients, but mine has a few extra.

The 3 traditional ingredients for Peaceful Home Oil are lavender, rosemary, and pennyroyal. I used essential oils for the rosemary and lavender, but a local essential oil company mildly freaked out on me when I inquired on their Facebook page if they carried pennyroyal essential oil. They were like NOOOOO THAT DAMAGES YOUR LUNGS IN EVEN SMALL AMOUNTS DO NOT USE IT IN AROMATHERAPY, which was weird because I thought even in aromatherapy they diluted the oils? Undiluted essential oils are overpowering at the very least, and a lot of them can be irritants or even harmful. Anyway, I was like uhhh chill, it would be diluted in a large amount of carrier, but thanks, I’ll just go elsewhere. Anyway, I decided to use it a dried herb instead of an oil.

To the rosemary and lavender oils I added sandalwood oil, which is associated in Hoodoo with happy homes and keeping out evil. And to the pennyroyal I added a pinch of shredded angelica root, which is a powerful guardian and healer; and a small piece of pyrite, because what do (adult) members of a household argue about more than money? The carrier I used was sweet almond oil.

Blue is the color in Hoodoo that corresponds with family matters and spiritual peace, so of course I decided to put it in the little blue bottle that I bought last month. It probably contained medicine of some sort originally. Like the bottle I used for the Uncrossing Oil, the original cork was long gone, so I whittled down a wine cork, then dripped melted sealing wax over the top. Keeping oils in dark glass bottles is practical too, because it keeps out light. Light will makes oils get rancid faster.

So this is my own personal recipe for a supercharged Peaceful Home Oil. It can be used for dressing candles, anointing objects used in Peaceful Home spells, added to floor washes or bathwater. Use it, share it, I would prefer you not sell it but realistically it’s not like I would know.

Four Thieves Vinegar

(I’ve had a bottle of this sitting for about 6 weeks, I’m going to strain out the herbs tomorrow.) Four Thieves Vinegar is a traditional recipe that supposedly dates back to the days of the Black Death, when its disinfecting/curative properties protected a quartet of Italian grave robbers from contracting the plague. In Hoodoo today it’s used for both crossing (especially if you’re trying to break up a couple) and protective purposes.

There is a million ways to make it, but there are 2 basic schools of thought: edible and inedible. A lot of recipes add inedible herbs and resins like rue and camphor. Me, I don’t see the point of vinegar you can’t drink, so I am firmly Team Edible. In addition to its spiritual purposes, you can use it for cooking or salad dressing–or you can feed it to someone you want to work on under the guise of cooking or salad dressing.

Red wine vinegar is the most traditional base, but you can use any kind you want, and apple cider vinegar is what’s used most often in the rural south. That’s what I use, because at least 5 generations of women in my family have cooked with apple cider vinegar. (I like Bragg, an unpasteurized, unfiltered vinegar that has a little bit of the mother in every bottle.)

Some people add dozens of ingredients to their vinegar, but the most basic formula is vinegar and 4 herbs (or garlic and 3 herbs)–one for each thief. I use garlic, sage, rosemary, and lavender. Stuff a bunch of everything in the bottle, pour in the vinegar, cover and put somewhere dark for at least 30 days, shaking daily. Strain out the herbs or leave them in, it’s up to you, and use as needed. (I strain them out, because the lavender tends to pour out with the vinegar if left in.) It’s delicious, and why anyone would make an inedible version is totally beyond me.

Three Kings Oil

Three Kings Oil

I got some sandalwood essential oil I’d ordered in yesterday’s mail, I’m going to use it for Peaceful Home Oil (yes I use it in Peaceful Home Oil even though it’s not standard, more on that later) but I’m still waiting on one last herbal ingredient. So in the meantime, since I had all the necessary resins, I made some Three Kings Oil. It’s an all-purpose blessing oil, good for consecrating altar items and dressing altar candles (most altars usually have 2 white candles at the back, one on each side).

Three Kings Oil is sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, and amber. You can use essential oils for all 4 ingredients, or use all solids, or use a combination, which is what I did. I crushed up small pieces of the resins* in my mortar and pestle, and added some sandalwood essential oil. You can see the crushed resins resting on the bottom of the bottle, but they will eventually dissolve.

*We had a conversation about resins in one of my Facebook groups the other day, to crush or not to crush. Sometimes oil recipes will specify this or that resin be added whole, but more often than not it doesn’t say one way or the other. I crushed all these up, since they are the main–indeed, almost the only–ingredients in the oil. Ultimately, a whole piece of resin will eventually dissolve though, so the conclusion was that it doesn’t much matter one way or the other. Some rootworkers crush, some don’t, some both crush and add a whole piece for show, and still others use resin oils.

Uncrossing Oil

Uncrossing Oil

Going over some oil recipes last night, I realized I had all the herbal ingredients for Uncrossing Oil–a staple oil of rootworking–so I whipped some up old school, just dried herbs and olive oil. This isn’t a perfumey oil like XXX Algiers, and the herbal ingredients are all savory as opposed to flowery, so in this instance the olive oil smell doesn’t bother me.

Uncrossing Oil is bay, rue, and hyssop. Bay and rue are both protective herbs; hyssop is the most powerful cleansing herb there is in rootwork, due to its mention in the 51st Psalm: “Purge me with Hyssop; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow”. Hyssop is said to remove sin, many rootworkers will take an herbal bath of hyssop after performing not-so-nice work for themselves or clients. My guess is it’s in Uncrossing Oil because if someone is working against you, there’s an even chance you might have done something to deserve it.

As you can see, this is an old Listerine bottle–it only holds about 1.5 ounces, so it must have been a sample bottle or a travel-size. The lid was long gone, so I “carved” a cork out of a wine cork, then made it totally airtight by dripping melted sealing wax over the top.

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