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Good oils are readily available from most metaphysical stores, and from some stores that sell bath products or health foods as well. Commercially available oils are inexpensive, of high quality, and come in almost any variety you could ask for. For these reasons you are best advised to purchase, rather than make oils.

Commercial oils are available both as pure ESSENTIAL OILS -often to strong to use directly on the skin- or as blends -in which the pure essential oil has been diluted with a secondary oil, called a base oil.

If you buy pure essential oils, you will want to dilute them yourself. To do this, fill a small sterilized glass jar with base oil. There are many base oils you can use. Most traditional is Virgin Olive Oil. Other vegetable oils may also be used, such as Sunflower or Coconut oil. Many people however prefer Jojoba oil, as it will keep fresh longer than the other oils mentioned. Now add your pure essential oil one drop at a time with an eyedropper or similar instrument, until it reaches the desired strength. Do not stir the oils to mix, but rather swirl the jar in a deosil motion until the oils gently blend. Obviously if the oil is already diluted, this is not necessary.

Commercial oils are available in single scents, and also as mixtures of several scents. If you like you can purchase several scents and create your own mixtures, combining them until you have the recipe you want. You can also "Heighten" the power of your oil by adding bits of the plant from which it is made to the bottle, or by adding a sympathetic stone to the bottle whose qualities complement the oil.

If however you feel you must make your oil by hand, this is the easiest way to do it. Select a base oil just as you would to dilute an oil -again Jojoba is recommended because of it's staying qualities. Put the base oil in a pan, and add a quantity of the desired herb or herbs to it. Slowly heat the oil and herbs until they are warm, stirring gently. Do not get the oil hot -warm is what you're going for here. After it is good and warm, remove the mixture from the heat, and let it cool. Repeat this process several times during the course of a day, reducing the plant material farther and farther. When the mixture has cooled for the final time, strain it into a sterilized glass jar and seal.

Unless you are exceptionally crafty, if you try this you will understand why we say that you would do better to buy your oil, and then mix or augment it, rather than make it yourself.

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