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Yemaya Oil

You will need:

  • 3 coffee beans or English peppers or 1 vanilla bean cut into 3 pieces.
  • 1/2 liter almond or other clear, light, natural oil.
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt.
  • 7 cowrie shells or other small shells or pieces of coral.
  • a piece of turquoise, sapphire, or blue sea tumbled glass.
  • 1 sheet of nori or the equivalent amount of some other dried seaweed.
  • a handful of dried white and/or blue flowers.  These should be, if possible, trout lillies, white roses, lilacs, lavender, or jasmine..
  • about a tablespoon of sandalwood or camwood chips or powder.

Other optional ingredients are a few drops of frangipani oil, dried melon rinds, dried cucumber, or dried squash.

This oil should steep in a cool, dark place for 3 months.

Modern Pretty Yemaya Oil

Some find the more traditional versions of Yemaya oil (some have fish oil in them) a bit unpleasant.  There is a less traditional modern version using essential oils that is prettier smelling yet reminiscent of the sea and life.


  • 5 drops aloeswood essential oil or oodh attar.
  • 10 drops ylang ylang oil.
  • 10 drops frangipani or geranium oil.
  • 5 drops cedar oil.
  • 3 drops rose absolute or oil.
  • 1 drop ginger oil.
  • a pinch of sea salt.
  • one pearl.
  • one piece of amber.
  • a 1/2 cm square of wakame seaweed.
  • sweet almond oil.

After doing the appropriate ritual, mindfully add these ingredients to a 10 ml. vial and give it a few good turns. Consecrate and wear as a devotion or dress candles with it.

Yemaya Incense

You will need:

  • 3 coffee beans or English peppers.
  • 1 tablespoon frankencense.
  • 1 tablespoon myrrh, copal, or benzoin.
  • 1 tablespoon sandalwood powder or chips.
  • 1 tablespoon powdered seaweed (you can find these in beauty supply or health food stores).
  • 1 tablespoon dried flowers, cut for tea if possible.
  • a teaspoon of sea salt.

Pound the ingredients together, starting with the coffee beans or English peppers, in a mortar and pestle until they are as fine or as chunky as you prefer.

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  2. Though I never made it to Santo, Yemaya is my head. I love her dearly. She has let me make my mistakes. Trust root workers who did not care for me. She is always there for me. I take her watermelons to the Ocean sometimes. I think of her daily. She has given me everything I need, not wanted. Yemaya saved my life in so many ways, protected me from those who wished me harm, saved me from being homeless or without food. She is generous and loving, a Mother to me. I am honor that she choose me to be a child of hers. I thank her for all of her love. I love her dearly. I call her Mama. She is my Mother, I cried with her and celebrate with her. She blesses me. Sometimes we forget how much Orisha loves their children. They love us. Yemaya loves me, for all of my faults, protects me from all harm. I love her for being so loving with me, caring for me, letting me suffer to learn my lessons. On a path to Santo there a bumps in the road, but I have learned that Yemaya is there for me, all the time, pushing me to do my best in all I do.

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