We all have times when we could do with just a little more courage – well, okay then, sometimes a whole lot more courage – and this recipe for Crucible of Courage Oil could be just the answer that you’re looking for.

The origin of the word “crucible”, aside from being the vessel that metals or other liquids are melted in comes from the word for a situation where there is great tension or strife. So you mix together your ingredients (not necessarily in a crucible), and you literally come up with a solution for overcoming your obstacles.

It could be starting a new school, facing up to a court case, asking for that pay rise, having a bit more confidence when you start a new job – the scenarios are endless. It can just be a handy one to keep around if you have moody teenagers to deal with. It really is a case of pouring oil on troubled waters.

I know from my own personal experience that this one certainly worked for me – it was something I used when I first started writing posts for Doc! Now there was a scary situation…

To mix yourself up a little bit of extra confidence, rather than going down the cowardly lion route of drinking a “magical liquid” (widely purported to have been gin, so more along the lines of Dutch courage) this is what you will need:

  • Carrier oil (I would recommend a good quality jojoba oil)
  • Vanilla essential oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Sandalwood Oil
  • Frankincense Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil

All you need to do is mix the magic elixir together well, bottle it in a nice glass tinted bottle and leave it to steep for a few days if you can.

If you can’t find say, lavender or cinnamon oil, you can crush some dried flower buds or use ground cinnamon, it just means that there will be some sediment in the oil, which you can either strain out or leave in, depending on your preference.

Then all you need to do is anoint yourself with a few drops of the oil when you are facing a testing situation. As always, do a patch test to make sure that you don’t have a bad reaction to any of the ingredients.

Another good way to put this one to use is by using it in a bath. Simply take a washcloth, and onto it place some sage, basil, orange peel, rosemary and a cinnamon stick. Dress it with a few drops of your Crucible of Courage Oil, then tie it together into a bundle. Toss it into your tub, and for an extra boost use a few drops to anoint a purple candle (drawing the courage towards you), and have that burn while you take your bath. While you’re relaxing in the warm water, try to visualize courage flowing into you in a warm purple glow.

And if your rubber ducky could use a bit of extra courage, you can always pop him in there too!

I would like to thank CC BY-SA 3.0, Link for the use of the photo of the original courage medal from the “Wizard of Oz”

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