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Have you ever seen a bottle or jar filled with flowers and salts, or something even more strange like oil and rusted nails and herbs? Maybe it was sealed with wax or maybe it just had a normal mason jar lid. Maybe you’ve never seen anything like that at all and you’re really confused right now.
Those seemingly decorative, slightly confusing bottles are actually filled with more than just an assortment of ingredients. They contain a lot of energy and intentions, whether it’s for protection or procuring love.
Each ingredient was sprinkled in mindfully and purposefully, with an intention to go along with it. The purpose being to shift energies a certain way and manifest change. They’re one of the easiest ways to place a source of positive energy and protection in your home or sacred space.
Two of my three sons share a bedroom and I created a spell bottle with Lavender, Jasmine, White Sage, Chamomile, and Lepidolite Crystal to help them sleep better and feel safe and unafraid. It sits on their bookshelf out of their reach and sometimes they ask me to open it so they can smell it. They’re surprisingly into magick.
We created another one together as a family to celebrate Lammas Day and it has fresh orange peels, Green Sage, Mint, Lavender, Rosemary, Nutmeg, Himalayan Salt, and a Rose Quartz sphere to promote open love and communication within our family unit, and also to bring in abundance, prosperity, and protection. It sits on the windowsill in our living room as a constant source of comfort. (Along with probably six other spell bottles I’ve placed up there for different reasons.)
It’s best to do a little research before putting your spell bottle together.
I mentioned before that every ingredient has a purpose and intention, for example, Jasmine flowers instill lunar magick, spiritual connection, friendship, and more. Chamomile is known to promote harmony, tranquility, and peace. The reason I put Himalayan Salt in almost all of mine is because it purifies and cleanses the energy and aura, which is important with any spell or energy work. I get so many emails asking about what ingredients should be used for some pretty serious situations and it comes down to doing your research.
Choose your intention, and then Google the correspondences for it if you have to. For example, if you’re creating a spell bottle for confidence, look up crystals, herbs, and spices that enhance inner power, self-esteem, personal energy, and inner joy. Pinterest is a surprisingly incredible source of witchy information, as many of you already know.
Once you know what your bottle needs, I’d suggest having at least 2 to 4 grams of each ingredient, depending on the size of your jar or bottle. I’ve been asked a lot where I find my ingredients and they come from multiple sources. You can try the herb and spice section in any natural grocery store, you can forage them from nature (safely and kindly), you can find them at occult shops if you’re lucky enough to live near one, or you can purchase them online; all three ways are how I’ve accumulated my collection.
Purchasing online may not be the most organic way to get spell ingredients, but it’s efficient and affordable. I mostly use Amazon to source what I need when I can’t find it in a shop or outside. You can find bundles of dried flowers that are perfect for larger spell jars or bottles like the lavender bundles above (2 for $15.99 from Amazon), or you can try variety kits that have multiple types of dried flowers in them, like this set below for $18.99 from Amazon, which is great for smaller spell bottles.
When it comes to herbs and spices for your spell bottles, it’s very possible you already have a lot of the ingredients in your kitchen cabinet. If you’re running low on herbs, there’s an amazing starter kit below ($37.99 on Amazon) that has pretty much every herb and spice you’ll ever need, especially if you’re a baby witch.
Find yourself a glass container, a bottle or jar or anything that can be closed, and make sure it’s clean. I’ve bought many vintage bottles at thrift shops but you can fin a variety of sizes and shapes almost anywhere. Amazon has this beautiful set of ten blue bottles ($16.99) that are perfect for the witch that enjoys the aesthetic part of the craft.
Honestly, my favorite spell bottles are the smaller ones that can fit in a purse or under a pillow. I switch between 10 ml and 15 ml depending on what ingredients and intentions are going inside of it, like the ones above for $8.99 from Amazon. This allows you to make a wider variety of spell bottles to gift to others, create healing sets with, or place in the four corners of your home for protection and blessings.
I like to add specific crystals to my spell bottles to boost their power and energy. Every stone has a purpose and enhances a part of your spell magickally. (Again, this is where doing your research comes in.) If you haven’t stocked up on gemstones yet, don’t worry. The best type for spell bottles are actually gemstone chips, since the openings are usually smaller. I started with a set like the one above ($21.99 from Amazon) last year and I still have gemstones left from it.
There are no correct steps to how you fill it, but I do have some advice. If you’re using any salts, I recommend sprinkling them in first. Unless you want your bottle to look like it’s been shaken up, which is fine but if you’re looking for layers, start with the salt at the bottom.
Some witches prefer to smoke cleanse their sacred space before creating their spell bottles, usually with Sage or Palo Santo wood. Personally, I light an incense stick that corresponds with the spell that I’m doing and fill my spell bottles directly on my altar to imbue more magickal properties in it.
Each time you add an ingredient, say your intention clearly out loud or in your head and try to visualize it. This goes for crystals as well. You can repeat the same intention with each ingredient, for example, “I am protected and blessed.” Or you can use multiple intentions to cover a wider range of areas. For example, “I am good and good things happen to me” with one layer, and then “I have everything I need in this moment” with the next.
Follow this process until you’re satisfied with how your spell bottle looks and feels. How it feels energetically is more important than how pretty it is. Spell bottles aren’t meant to be pretty, as beautiful as some are.
When you know you’re done, gently blow one steady breath over the opening of your bottle to activate it. You can draw an invisible ring around it with a Selenite or Clear Quartz crystal to further charge and amplify it.
Sealing your spell bottle isn’t necessary, but it could be more beneficial. If your intention is something that takes a lot of energy, like home protection, I would suggest sealing your bottle to prevent any energies or intentions coming out or in. This is easily done using melted candle wax over the top. You can use any color or scent that you want or research candle magick to find a specific color for your needs. For the most part, try to let your intuition guide you. It always knows what’s best for you.
Thank you for reading!