Heritage from Ancient Civilisations
The Seven Sacred Oils were named to define the most precious ointments prepared by Ancient Egyptians, used especially for their consecrated anointing oils. Each of the seven primary oils was preserved in its own jar, recognisable by its specific shape.
From temple rituals to mummifications, offerings to the divine and symbols of beauty, their properties were revered for different steps of one’s life.
We note myrrh, frankincense, Boswellia or pine as major notes, while sesame, castor or linseed oils would play the role of carriers. The oils were poured on the body to facilitate the transition to the next life, and honour the “seven souls” - fascinating! Overall, perfume and incense was a key part of daily practices, connecting the humanly senses with the kingdoms of Gods and Goddesses.
On the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, athletes of ancient Greece were known to use oils to improve their physical performance. In fact, the word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek word "gymnazein" which means "to train naked" - referring to the practice of exercising and training while covered in oil to keep the skin supple!
The ancient Romans also had a strong tradition of using oils and ointments for personal care and hygiene. Their rituals mixed a variety of plant-based oils such as olive oil, as well as animal-based oils, such as goose and pork fat.
In Ayurveda, the traditional Indian system of medicine, practitioners use a variety of oils for massage (Abhyanga), and self-massage is a key daily ritual. Infused herbal preparations will often be tailored to one’s dosha (pitta, vata, kapha), as well as the external environment that you evolve in. Coconut oil (in summer), sesame oil (in winter), olive oil, castor oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil are commonly used.
Witchcraft: the art of blending
When choosing ingredients for ritual body oils, the origin of the products is of utmost importance. Not only should the plants and oils be sourced from ethical and sustainable sources, their vibratory signature must be taken into account.
Let’s zoom in on a few of the oils that St Soleil has for example chosen in our Sacred Oils…:
Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins and minerals, contains free radical fighting abilities. Anti-inflammatory and boosts immunity.
Ylang Ylang oil regulates emotions and sharpens your mind, whilst its potent scent can open up the most erotic chakras…
Rose petals are known for their soothing and uplifting properties, and undoubtedly its delicious smell carries the highest frequency of love!
Blue lotus flowers are revered in Egypt particularly for their transcendental properties and their ability to lift the vibration of the human aura on its path…
Apricot kernel oil is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving a non-greasy finish thanks to its linoleic acid.
Cedarwood oil is used for its grounding properties, and Calendula is known for its soothing and healing properties.