Valerian Root Essential Oil
This herb is considered Water of Water in terms of Elemental magick, but to me its scent is Earth. This typically rooty, earth-like fragrance is calming and sedating. Many consider this a Jupiter aroma, and it is indeed named for a war-loving Roman emperor (who ended up being skinned by the king of Syria). Some say this a good substitution for spikenard, which smells musky only at first. Steam-distilled from Valeriana officinalis in China.
Combining With Other Essential Oils
Many people do not like the musky scent of this oil, but a little can add much depth to a magickal oil, especially those that evoke the forest. The fragrance of valerian blends well with cedarwood, lavender, mandarin, patchouli, petitgrain, pine, and rosemary. Top
Valerian Root Essential Oil (China)
Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:
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