Once upon a time, I was a massage therapist working from a studio on an island in a river.
My treatment room had soaring ceilings, and wall with layers of perfectly shipped old paint and giant windows that let in soothing, even northern light; the light that painters love.
There was a beautiful counter top and a narrow little shelf that held my small apothecary of essential oils.
Since attending massage therapy school in 1997 I’d been incorporating essential oils into my massage work; massage oils, bathing salts, diffusing blends and so on.
This was “Aromatherapy”.
And then one day, it wasn’t.
I went rogue.
And this is how The Priestess anointing oil was created.
From the outside, my Aromatherapy practices look the same. I’m still using materials like essential oils, salt, and carrier oils.
I’m still fussing over formulations, still measuring with beakers and graduated cylinders.
My shelves are still lined with little vials, amber bottles, and glass jars.
But I no longer blend for things like insomnia or stress relief. I don’t limit my guiding data to chemical constituents or physical actions.
Indications have morphed, therapeutic actions have burst through their shirts like the dude becoming the Hulk, and now I see through a very different lens while formulating a blend.
Here’s what I mean.
For the Priestess oil:
- indications: holding sacred space, channeling, a connection with nature & the divine, deep devotion, a proclivity for ritual.
- therapeutic actions: protection, grounding, opens third eye and throat chakra, ease when crossing the veils, hearing the Call and answering it, connection to spiritual lineage, initiation.
- materials: peel, root, seed, wood, herb
- protocol: anoint the throat chakra or third eye to open your channel, hold space so others can connect with themselves and the divine, go beyond the veils to get information for others.
And damn if The Priestess anointing oil doesn’t do just that.
So, this is how I blend.
This is now a technique.
When you anoint with The Priestess oil, whether it’s everyday or only in ritual, you get all of that in the tiny drop of oil you touch to your neck.
And the scent?
Using aroma to lock in a quality, mood, or experience is one of the most magical things the human brain does.