This is an updated version of a post that originally appeared on my personal blog.
Two days before the full moon, the sage and rosemary are lush and vibrant, and the hyssop and vervain are in full bloom. It’s time to make an infused oil for consecration.
I went out with a basket and shears, and gathered a basket full of green. I spread the herbs out on my workspace and breathed in the heady sharpness of the herbs.
As I stripped leaves and blossoms from twigs to fill my jar, my fingers grew sticky with resin. I entered an almost trance-like state, my vision full of green, my bare feet tingling on the hardwood floor. I often find myself in this state when I process fresh herbs, simultaneously deeply rooted and connected to another reality.
I poured olive oil from California over the fresh herbs in the jar. After poking air out of the oil with a mugwort twig, I capped it and placed it on my working altar with labradorite, calcite, and a votive candle.
On the night of the full moon, I’ll put my oil out in the garden to charge in the moonlight. I’ll let it steep until the next full moon, and then decant it and charge it once more for all kinds of blessings and anointings.
What magic will you be making this full moon?
Edited to add: For more information on making herbal infused oils, I recommend this article by Susun Weed.