Courage Oil


Photo by Daniel D. Kelch Photography

So let’s talk about courage for a moment.  I dance professionally, and it’s not the rosy awesomeness you think it is.  It can be incredibly nerve-wracking and stressful.  I know of a few “baby dancers” in my community who thought performance equals “just go out there and do the steps.”  I wish!  There is so much more than that.


There is both an art…and a science to performing. Between talent, make-up, lighting, costumes and music….there nerves.

For real.  There are some serious nerves and performance anxiety at times.  I remember last fall going back up to Washington State to teach Turkish Roman dance (which is my first and foremost love).  A dancer who has been a beautiful friend, mentor and teacher to me was also at the dance event that night.  While I know my dance form well, I was incredibly intimidated because this woman has danced and taught all over the world.

ABDC 2017 Mary Kelch

Photo by Vance Strickland


Can you say…”scared”?

Smart woman that I was, I did bring along a bit of my Courage Oil to help me get over my jitters.  I love to dab a little of this on before performances to keep me focused, so I always make sure I have a little bottle of it to apply to ritual candles or dilute with a carrier oil and wear as a perfume.

Here’s how I make it:

  • 3/4 teaspoon Ginger Essential Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper Essential Oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Clove Essential Oil

When I use this for candles, I directly anoint the taper itself.  To use as a perfume oil, I blend the essential oils in a tablespoon or two of a carrier oil.  My preference is jojoba, as it has a longer shelf life than most oils. If you’re unable to obtain jojoba, sunflower and avocado work just as well.

Blessings from the Hearth.


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