Oshun, Ochun, Oxum

Oshun Oil

OshunThe basic recipe for Oshun’s devotional oil, again adapted for the western kitchen.  All of these ingredients should be dried.

  • A 1 inch cinnamon stick, 3 guinea peppers, 3 English peppers (allspice), 3 coffee beans, a vanilla bean cut into 3 pieces, or 3 cloves for Eshu.
  • 1 liter of sunflower oil.
  • 1 ml vitamin E oil.
  • 1/4 cup fenugreek.
  • 1 handful of louisa or dried orange peels.
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds.
  • 5 freshwater pearls or cowrie shells.
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon honey.
  • (optional) 5 gold leaves.

Put all of the other ingredients in a large jar or bottle.

Pour the sunflower oil over all.

Close the jar for 5 months in a cool, dark place.

Strain before use unless you like it “chunky” looking (which I do).

Click here for an article on some of the uses for Oshun oil.

Fashion for Oshun

One thing you should do for Oshun that carries some of the weight of an offering is wear yellow clothing, especially on Saturday, which traditionally starts at sundown Friday night and goes to sundown Saturday night.  The same day is an auspicious day for Yemaya as well, so it’s good to wear a combination of yellow and blue.

Oshun is famous for her beautiful head wraps.  So take the time to wrap up nicely on Saturdays as well.

Don’t skimp on the accessories.  Wear earrings (clip on or magnetic if you’re not pierced), necklaces, and five rings on your fingers, or five bracelets on your arms.

Attracting and Maintaining the Blessings of Oshun

Oshun is very generous to those who keep her ways, and do things to glorify her.    If you need more love and prosperity in your life, here are things you can do.

Be grateful for your beauty.

We are not all beauty queens or hotties or whatever, but we all have a little beauty in us.  We should never take it for granted.  So as much as you can, take care of your physical appearance.  Love your skin, your organs, your bones, and do what you can to keep them healthy.  You may not own the finest clothes, but what you have should be clean and in good repair.  Basically be well groomed, even if you think nobody is looking.  Oshun is looking.

Be grateful for your material possessions, and clean your home.

The price of having things is that you must take care of them.  As best as you can, keep a clean home.  Your bed should be a clean and comfortable place, since Oshun is the Orisha of romantic love.

Take care of those around you.

Help others to maintain their beauty and material possessions.  If your friend is ill or unmotivated, help them clean their home and keep themselves healthy.  Be positive about it, and not too preachy.  The idea is to spread joy, not judgement.  Feed people.  Host meetings to treat people when you can.  Be generous.


Oshun lives in dance.  So once a day, turn on some music, and move.

Basically, be the hands of Oshun in humanity.  Spread joy and love where you can, and try to make the world a more beautiful place.


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K. Sis. Nicole T.N. Lasher

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  3. Wonderful work! I believe you have done ones homework right here.

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  7. Wonderful article! I am happy I followed the thread from a re-posting on fb so I could find your site.

    I love the recipes, thank you and hopefully folks remember to taste the honey they are offering to Ochun (there is that Pataki about her being poisoned by bad honey)
    Now on to reading your other posts 🙂

  8. Thank you for this information. What if you have a work in progress and you were forced into sex with someone else, not rape but strong, strong pressure none the less. If you resisted and didn’t actively enjoyor participate has my work been ruined ?

    • It depends. In the case of somewhat forceful sex that wasn’t totally non consensual, you have to look at the situation. Often, when someone has done or commissioned a love spell, and the target is resistant, Oshun will bring you someone else to replace them or provide you with medicinal sex to prevent a blockage due to frustration. It doesn’t always mean the working is undone, but it could. Do divination to check.

  9. How many days would you leave an offering for the orishas before you remove/ refresh them?

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