St. Martha Oil
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St. Martha Oil

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St. Martha is widely referred to as St. Martha the Dominator in hoodoo circles and is frequently called on for domination - usually when women want to dominate a man.

But in the rich and varied folk traditions surrounding St. Martha, she is also called on for assistance by those who need to get the upper hand in any kind of relationship in which they find themselves "at the bottom of the totem pole." Back in the day, employees would call on St. Martha to get better treatment from their employers, for instance, especially if they were household employees like kitchen service or nannies.

Officially, St. Martha is the patron saint of servers, cooks, domestic workers, single women, and housewives, so her devotees will also call on her for intercession when they need steady work, especially in these fields, or when they are having difficulty with their work. She's often called on to help with peace in the home, as well, as an extension of her association with the domestic sphere.

Even when the difficulty is internal rather than interpersonal, St. Martha can help. If, for instance, you need help accepting the fact that right now in your life, you have to be waiting tables if you want to be able to stay in this town and have a shot at an acting career down the road; if you're struggling with disappointment, envy, or resentment related to your current station in life; or if you need help accepting the things you cannot change while you're figuring out how to change the things you can, then St. Martha can be a great ally for you.

And my St. Martha oil is created from this sort of three-dimensional perspective of St. Martha rather than focusing only on her role as a dominator. While it's suitable to use if you're asking her help in getting the upper hand with a boss or returning a straying spouse, it's also suitable to use if you're setting lights to honor or thank her, if you want to invoke her aid for something specific, or if you're seeking her help for something more general like patience or pragmatism.


In medieval lore and in her iconography, she is shown as a slayer of dragons or sea-monsters, and in this capacity she is a great ally for all types of situations in which you are the underdog and you need to find a way to "top from the bottom."

Be warned, though: many old-school workers who work extensively with saints in conjure have said that if you call on her to dominate somebody in your life, and she doesn't take to the way they are treating you if they are treating you really badly, she will run them off and out of your life. If your partner is beating on you or emotionally torturing you, or if your boss is engaged in discriminatory, unjust, or illegal practices against you, please don't try to use St. Martha stuff, or conjure in general, as the only means of improving things. If you are being hurt or misused, call a hotline or shelter, or your HR department, as befits your situation. If you don't know who to call and you are in danger, contact me and tell me where you are, and I'll help you find somebody to call.

Do not rely on conjure or the saints alone to protect you from physical harm; the Lord and the saints help us in practical ways, and sometimes the best spiritual act involves picking up the phone.

Half-ounce bottle.

HANDLING TIMES: Please note published handling times, which start at 5 business days and will be longer for custom-finished items and large orders. Why? Two reasons: 

One, I make all my formulas in tiny batches, only decanting your oil order from the mother bottle and adding herbs and prayers after your order's come in, for instance. The payoff for your patience is that you get fresh blends and fresh products, made by hand the old fashioned way, by a traditional rootworker with 35 years of experience.

Two, I live in the middle of nowhere and I have to expect time-sucking delays as par for the course, like the internet going down 'cause a cow broke the line (yes, we have DSL) or the postal service just not coming here at all for a few days because a storm washed our mailbox into the ditch down the dirt road, stuff like that.

USAGE: Oils are for prayer and ritual use; they are not cosmetics or perfumes. While some customers do use some dressing oils as anointing oils (which is not the same thing as wearing a perfume or cologne), they are careful to do a skin test first, since they know that I cannot possibly predict individual sensitivities or allergic reactions. All-natural does not equal hypoallergenic, y'all! If you need suggestions on how to use condition and anointing oils in the conjure tradition, see the Education link up top.

LEGALESE:  As required by law, all items are sold as curios and/or for educational purposes in the study of folklore and popular religion. I use these items myself though - I don't sell anything I haven't used myself - and quite a few customers over the years have sworn by my traditional formulas since I started selling them in 2002.  
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