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In various cultures around the world, multiple religious practices, and even in some forms of therapy, scents can induce particular feelings, emotions, and even stimulate pleasure (or displeasure) in our brains.

Here are some common scents with their associations in the Craft & Ritual.

Love Scents

  • China Rain – drawing new love
  • Jasmine – luck in love
  • Rose – true love
  • Ylang Ylang – stregthen/ create balance in love
  • White Jasmine – to heighten sexual aspects in relationships
  • Musk – to excite sexual love & intense desire
  • Patchouli – to maintain happiness in love
  • Copal – after a quarrel

Money Scents

  • Red Ginger – success & improvement
  • Cinnamon – draw money & success to you
  • Bergamot – to attract money
  • Honeysuckle – to maintain your money
  • Basil – correct paths to money

Protection Scents

  • Carnation – protection, strength
  • Dragon’s Blood – protection, potency
  • Frankincense – protection, astral strength
  • Coconut – protection, purification
  • Myrrh – protection, spirituality
  • Sandalwood – protection, healing
  • Bayberry – protection against unwanted influences or control

Psychic Awareness

  • Lemongrass – to increase power with ritual tools
  • Frankincense – used in high magic
  • Eucalyptus – to increase powers
  • Lotus – for strengthening protection of powers
  • Myrrh – high vibratory scent


  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Green Apple


  • Cloves
  • Lavender
  • Oriental Spices


  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Peppermint


  • Chamomile
  • Thyme
  • Lavender

This list is not intended as a complete and all knowing list of scents and their meanings.  Different cultures & ritual practices may associate other meanings to the scents we’ve included.  This listing is posted only as a guide.  By all means, in your own practices, use your own associations for best results.

Think of any that we missed that you believe we should add to this list?  Please contact us and let us know.

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