Crafts

Florida Water

Florida Water is a version of Eau de Cologne, whose name is in reference to the fountain of youth. Brought to the United States in the early 1800’s, Florida Water was instantly dubbed “the most popular cologne in the world”. There are quite a few different ways to make Florida Water, but they all tend to have a citrus scent, with floral and spicy hints. While Florida Water was originally used as a cologne, it has many (and I mean MANY) spiritual uses.

The spiritual uses for Florida Water:
-Add Florida Water and rose water to your bath to help bring happiness to your life
-Mix Florida Water, sea water, and a few drops of myrrh oil for protection
-Mist onto yourself for a pre-ritual cleansing
-Combine Florida Water, tap water, and an amethyst crystal in a spray bottle for a divination blessing spray to be used on your hands and area before you perform divinations
-Soak your feet in water with a few splashes of Florida Water for the blessing of guidance and direction
-It has a major calming effect, so you should use it on your pressure points to help with anxiety and depression
-Mix Florida Water and seawater in a bowl under your bed to invite good dreams
-Soak your crystals in water with a dash of Florida water to cleanse them
-Add to your bath with epsom salt to remove negativity
-Sprinkle on window sills and doorways to protect your home and welcome good energy
-Soak a cowrie shell in Florida Water for at least 24 hours, then carry it in your pocket or wallet for financial luck and success
-Florida Water does wonders on removing negativity
-Placing an open glass on your altar will help clear and static and interference when seeking guidance from your ancestors
-Use it as a replacement to holy water
-Place a capful of Florida Water in with your hair conditioner for all day blessings
-Add some drops to ink and paper when writing your spells for added luck
-Mix Florida Water, spring water, and patchouli oil for a good luck potion to be used before playing the lottery or gambling
-Add a few splashes to your laundry rinse to bless and protect your clothes
-Make a wash for your seven day candles by mixing tap water, holy water, and a dash of Florida Water
-Can be used for ritual offerings
-Mix Florida Water, basil, and rue herbs and sprinkle on your floors, window sills, and doorways for prosperity, luck, and protection
-Use as an offering to honor the ancestors
-You can put Florida Water in a spray bottle to help cast circles by spraying it clockwise around your sacred space
-Add to your cleaning mix for extra protection

There are so many different recipes for Florida Water, it would be impossible for me to list them all. So I’m going to share my recipe and tell you how you can customize your own Florida Water recipe.

My Recipe:
6 cups/48 oz of 180 proof vodka
2 Ts lemon juice
1 ts rosemary
4 mint leaves
3 basil leaves
2 oranges worth of peelings
1 cinnamon stick
12 drops grapefruit oil
6 drops bergamot oil
6 drops sweet orange oil
6 drops neroli oil
4 drops lavender oil
4 drops rose oil

Let the dry ingredients, lemon juice, and vodka simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 40 minutes. Let it cool, strain it, and bottle it.

As you can see, I add quite a bit to my Florida Water, you don’t have to though. You should use the highest proof vodka you can find, not to mention the cheapest. Top shelf vodka doesn’t make much of a difference in the end, and can save you a few bucks. You will need at least one aromatic green, one floral, one citrus, and one spice. The amount of each is truly up to you, so customize it to your liking. Below, is a list of some of the possible ingredients for Florida Water.

Possible Ingredients:
Bergamot
Neroli
Lavender
Basil
Rose
Clove
Cinnamon
Lemon
Lime
Grapefruit
Vervain
Mint
Rosemary
Ylang-ylang
Jasmine
Allspice
Bay
Sage
Cedar
Sweetgrass
Thyme

If you don’t plan on using any dry ingredients, you won’t need to simmer your Florida Water, although it is still recommended. You should know that you can customize your Florida Water to however you want to make it, so don’t stress about not having certain ingredients, work with what you got.

Have fun brewing, witches!

Take note: Florida Water is HIGHLY flammable, so please take caution when using near an open flame.

Please keep in mind, all of my posts are based on my experiences, and my opinions that I have gathered from my research. If you disagree, just remember: nothing in witchcraft is set in stone. There is no right way, or wrong way; just your way and my way. If you have something you’d like to add, please do so kindly in the comments.

Blessed be, brothers and sisters.

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