The use of herbal oils in magical and religious ceremonies is one ancient practice that has progressed to modern times. In Christianity, a commonly used oil is the Holy anointing oil which is used more often during an exorcism.
In Hoodoo, the use of oils is very important and this is because these oils have been proven to have powerful and magickal effects. Since there are many types of oils with different effects, before using any oil, you are expected to know its components and effects. For example, you should know the oil used for attracting love and the one used when casting hex.
While studying about the different orishas, you must have learned that they have unique characteristics, likes, dislikes, abilities, etc. Therefore, there are different oil recipes that you can use when consulting any of the orishas.
Below are some of the recipes for preparing oils used when working with different orishas.
Yemayá Oil (Mary, Star of the Sea Holy Oil)
To honor the Mother of the Seven Seas, draw love, fertility, and family connection, use this special oil.
- Verbena leaves
- Basil leaves
- Anise seeds
To each ½ ounce of oil, add a small crystal. Blend in grapeseed oil to honor the mother of all Orishas, Yemayá.
Ogun Oil (St. John the Baptist Holy Oil)
Use Ogun oil for protection from enemies, defense from evil influences, and to remove barriers. Use the following essential oils:
- Eucalyptus leaves
- Rosemary leaves
Add 2 tablespoons of each herb to 2 ounces of olive oil. Add a piece of rock salt to the final mixture to honor the orisha Ogun.
Oshun Oil (Caridad del Cobre Holy Oil)
Use Oshun Oil to honor the river goddess and draw love and prosperity to you. Use the following essential oils to create this holy oil:
- Sweet orange
- Rose scent, which can be one or more of these:
- Essential Oil of Roses (Rose Otto)
- Essential Oil of Rose Geranium
- Rose Fragrance (synthetic)
Blend in a base of grapeseed oil to honor the love goddess Oshun. To the above formula, add rose petals for enhancing love, and patchouli leaves for enhancing passion.
Oshun Oil Recipe 2
- 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 of honey
- (optional) 5 gold leaves
After you have gathered all the ingredients, keep them to dry then pour into a large jar or bottle. Add sunflower oil to the mixture then cover the jar with a lid. Keep it in a cool dark place for 5 months.
Legba Oil (St. Anthony)
Use Legba oil to create opportunities and clear away obstacles. To make this oil, you will need:
- Pinch of coffee grounds
- 3 drops Avocado oil
- 3 drops Coconut oil
- Palm kernel oil
- Pinch of sugar
- Dropper of rum
Blend in almond carrier oil and use to clear obstacles from your life.
Erzulie Freda Floral Perfume Oil
Use this oil to increase your personal magnetism, and to draw love and prosperity to you.
- 3/4 cup jojoba oil
- 1/2 teaspoon essential oil of rose
- 1/2 teaspoon essential oil of lavender
- 1 teaspoon essential oil of geranium
- 1/4 teaspoon essential oil of ylang-ylang
Mix together and store in a tightly sealed bottle, in a dark place. Wear as a perfume or anoint charms.
Shango Devotional Oil
Kindly note that this oil must not be worn on your skin. You can burn this oil in an oil burner or use it for consecrating and anointing Shango items.
o 6 coffee beans or a vanilla bean cut into 3 parts, or 3 peppercorns for Eshu
o 1 liter almond oil, or olive oil for lamps (the pure kind, not mixed with other oils)
o 12 dried red hot peppers
o 12 dried hot light or green peppers
o two fingers grab of tobacco
o the skin of a yam, sweet potato, or the hairs of an ear of corn
o (optional) half a gram to a gram of deer musk or the oil and dried sweat from someone who has just participated in an extreme sport or combat (it’s okay if there’s a bit of skin, hair, or blood in it)
Put the ingredients in a jar, and let stand in a cool, dry place for six months.
Eshu Protection Oil
o 30 coffee beans
o 6 black peppercorns
o 6 red peppercorns or a strong red chilli pepper
o a handful of cinnamon chips
o some pieces of coconut or walnut shell, or the outer shell of an acorn, or a well cleaned, dried shell of a mango seed, or a Brazil nut shell
o a vanilla pod, opened and cut into 3 pieces
o a dash of sea salt (as natural as you can get)
After preparing this oil, consecrate and store in a cool and dark place for three months. You can dress up the bottle a bit and maybe add a small piece of a protective stone (e.g a jet) as this would lend its energy to the oil.
- The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook by Denise Alvarado