Many of the oils used in Vodun and diaspora systems are very complicated to make, but Eshu’s oil isn’t. It’s basically an infusion of dried ingredients in palm or nut oil.
On a Monday, gather the ingredients together before you do your offerings, and put them on a plate. You will need:
- a clean jar
- up to about half a liter of liquid palm oil or a nut based carrier oil such as hazelnut oil or almond oil
- a handfull of coffee beans
- a handfull of cinnamon bark chips
- a heaping teaspoon of cloves
- (optional) three “doses” of chewing or hookah tobacco
While your altar incense is burning, and after you have opened the ceremony, ask Elegua to bless your oil. Then put the dry ingredients in the jar, and fill it with the oil. Cover it tightly, and give it a good shake.
Keep it in a cool, dark place for at least three months.
Once it is done, you can use this oil to anoint your Elegua dress candles, or burn in an oil burner.
Recipes vary, depending on the mystic and the path or camino of Eshu they’re making it for, but this is the general purpose recipe.