What are Essential Oils?

We use essential oils in spells, in inhalers, and in diffusers, but how often do we think of where those wellness elixirs come from? We know that lavender essential oil is great for relaxation, and eucalyptus oil is good for respiratory illness. But what is an essential oil? We’ll give you the easy definition.

What is an essential oil?

By definition, essential oils are the liquid that is directly extracted from a plant through distillation or expression. This liquid contains multiple essential, life sustaining compounds that vary by plant, and these individual compounds are the concentrated aromatic and absorbable chemicals that we use to heal or harm.

Some essential oils contain as many as 220 compounds! As you can see, essential oils are very concentrated, which is why it’s important to dilute them before use.

I’ve steeped my herbs in oil. Have I made essential oil?

No, what you have made is, what we call, an essence oil. You have taken an essential oil (natural carrier oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil) and added a new herb to it. Because not all of the healing compounds of herbs can be extracted with oil, you will not be receiving all of the compounds of your herb.

Essence oil is great for energetic healing work, but not physical healing work.

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AzureGreen’s Musk Essence oil possesses a sweet, attractive aroma traditionally found in many perfumes and colognes. Blended of carefully chosen essential oils, it possesses many of the traditional properties associated with such fragrances, making it a potent aid to many spells and rituals even as it otherwise provides a pleasant scent to the skin or [...]


Meticulously created using the natural oils drawn from Tea Tree, AzureGreen’s Tea Tree Essential Oil is imbued with the essence of the plant of the same name, providing it with many of the same properties and powers. This makes it fantastic when used in spells and rituals of clarity and harmony. Use it in your [...]


Crafted from the natural oils of the Patchouli plant, AzureGreen’s Patchouli Essential oil captures the fragrance that so many know and love and leaves it imbued with many of the same properties that so many of us use in ritual crafts. Standing alone, it makes for a great fragrance for the home or as a [...]

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Aurora Moone is a beautiful, kind-spirited, loving, motivating, and exciting Witch of 21 years. Having traveled all over the United States, Aurora has close friends of every religious background and spiritual path.

She believes, whole-heartedly, in the power of coexistence through love, respect, and growth. She feels that we have responsibilities that involve everyone, no matter what path they walk.

“No matter what group you commit to, no matter what spirituality you align with, no matter what religion you follow, no matter what political party you fall under, and no matter what your gender or race is, we are all citizens of Earth, and we all have a responsibility.” – Aurora Moone

During her time in Hattiesburg, MS, Aurora founded Coexist at Southern Miss and Southern Miss Spell Casters. She specializes in mindfulness, Usui Reiki, Ascension Reiki, Wicca, meditation, extra-sensory perception, instant magic, and tarot analysis and reading. She is a 4th rank Temple Tradition Priestess.

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