Offerings to Oshun
Offerings to Oshun should be taken to fresh water streams, ponds, lakes, and especially rivers. If you can’t get to one, a fountain or pool will do. Oshun loves natural sweets. She loves honey the most of all sweet things. All food offerings to her should be coated with honey or have honey in the recipe. Just remember to always taste a little of it first.
She likes pumpkins, butternut squash, and other yellow, golden, and orange fruits. I’ve had very good results from giving her golden pears and apples.
She likes yellow flowers, and ambery, honey, sweet smells.
Of the more savory things Oshun likes very much, wild lettuce and eggs are the most popular. I have also had good results from offering delicacies such as baby corn, hearts of palm (ethically cultivated), artichoke hearts, and white asparagus. She likes the finer things.
Some offer her sea food. I don’t particularly like this idea unless you know you got it from a traditional fisherman or diver. Oshun and Yemaya wills can become conflicted within if someone contributes to the destruction of the oceans for the sake of looking more pious and extravagant. So if you feel you must give sea food to Oshun, do so, but make sure you were actually led to do that. Do some readings to confirm.
If you’re returning freshwater fish or plants back to the river or a lake, please check with local wildlife authorities beforehand. Sometimes people have given catfish to a place and they have taken over, or this happened later when the area was closed off. Only return animals or plants that may take root, to their native area.
Something new for the science savvy is the offering of Brassica Carinata, also called Ethiopian mustard or y’abesha gomen. They have pretty little yellow flowers, and are very attractive to honey bees. Their greens make excellent mustard greens dishes. According to researchers in New Zealand, they also naturally filter nanoparticles of gold from the ground.
Since Oshun is the Orisha of romantic love, she is often called upon for love spells. Although in Vodun proper, these wouldn’t really be called love spells but love petitions, workings, or offerings, they do basically the same thing: draw love from a specific person or help someone to attract a lover.
If you have a love working pending, there are things that you can do to help it along. Read this article for things you can do to increase the success of your current love working.
Oshun enjoys sweet smelling, fine incense, but you must make sure it is of the highest quality that you can afford. If you are handy with the spoon, you can also make your own. This is the recipe for a basic devotional incense, adapted for the western kitchen.
- a pinch of cinnamon or cloves for Eshu.
- 10 spoonfuls fenugreek.
- a handful of louisa.
- 5 eucalyptus leaves.
- 5 spoonfuls sandalwood powder (African camwood or Baphia nitida if you can find it).
- a spoonful of yellow mustard seeds.
- a small handful of myrrh or copal.
- a small handful of dragon’s blood chunks.
- 5 gold leaves or a dash of gold dust.
Crush and powder everything as well as possible, consecrate, and keep in a cool, dry place.