Time to play catch-up!
I have wanted to make this little potion for a while, and now that I am in my new home, I have the time and space! This oil is called Sunshine Oil for a reason.
The artificial heat in your house just doesn’t cut it. You’ve been bundled up under your blankets for what seems like months, even though it’s only been a few days. Any venture outside is a journey, one that requires you to layer yourself in bundles of fabric, sometimes mismatched, just to keep your skin from turning to ice. The couch is your safe place during the wintering you’re experiencing.
In your bundle, you chance a look at the window and see a sliver of light. Is it a headlight? A streetlight? The moon? No, because it’s daytime. The light is orange. It’s the sun! You bound up from your safe space on the couch, fling open your curtains, and let the sliver of orange light touch your face. The warmth that radiates across your skin breathes life back into your body, into your soul, and you are filled with a renewed sense of joy. This giant star in the sky gives life to everything on our planet, even in the darkest of times.
I was inspired to make this oil after the frustration, stress, and just general awfulness that was our move. The days were filled with irritation, lots of cuss words, one extremely drunken night, and many, many tears.
Then I stood in the sunlight outside the terrible apartment with a cup of coffee and my dog.
And I remembered that there is hope.
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Albus Dumbledore, The Prisoner of Azkaban
This oil is meant to be a reminder of that happiness, a reminder of that light. It is meant to be used when you are feeling down, cold, or just need to remember that even though all hope seems lost, there is a warmth to be found.
You will need…
A carrier oil
A larger container for steeping
A smaller container for storage
Essential oils of your choosing
Other herbs of your choosing
Let’s make it!
Peel the orange in whatever way you want - don’t forget to eat the orange, that’s important, too!
Leave the orange peels out to dry overnight. This may take more than one day! Alternatively, you can dry them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 175F or put them in a dehydrator.
When the orange peels are dry, place them in your container. Now is the time to add any other dry herbs you want to steep with your orange. You can use basil for confidence or rosemary for gentle protection. Note: It is important that any herbs you add here are dry. Introducing moisture to the oil can cause separation and gives bacteria a breeding ground. You don’t want your oil to sour.
Fill the container with the carrier oil of your choice. I use olive oil because that’s just what I have.
Leave this container in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Every day, hold it in your hands, breathe warmth onto it, and give it a bit of a shake. Charge it with energy to bring warmth and happiness to the user of the oil. You can say a few words if you want, but it isn’t necessary.
After the two weeks is up, strain the oil into your storage container. Add in essential oils if you want.
Whenever you’re feeling low or you need to be reminded of the warmth of the sun, place a drop or two of this oil at your temples and on your wrists.
Note: Use essential oils with caution. Any use of citrus essential oils can make you photosensitive (easier to sunburn). Always use a carrier oil. Never ingest essential oils.
My oil isn’t quite done yet, but I will be sure to show you when it is!
I can’t wait to use it.
Disclaimer: It is important to seek medical or psychiatric care when needed. Magic, spells, potions, and spiritual practices shouldn’t necessarily be used as a sole treatment method for any physical or mental illness or ailment.
Continuing the discussion from Weekly Witchy CHALLENGE- Potion Making!