Florida Water is a wonderful cleansing spray for your home/space. It’s also used for luck, protection and ancestor work. Florida Water gets it's name from the old belief that the Fountain of Youth was located somewhere in Florida. The 'water' was originally manufactured as a perfume. There isn’t one specific recipe for Florida Water. Depending on where you look, I’ve seen recipes that can include any number of ingredients, including the following:
Making your own spray is fairly simple. Use equal parts of alcohol (vodka, grain alcohol) and pure water and add the essential oils of your choice from the above list until you find you have a pleasing scent. (Note: if you are using only essential oils and no plant material, you do not necessarily need the alcohol.)
You can also make this with plant material, which is more labour intensive but really gives you a connection to the spray. This is the way I like to make mine.
When I decided to make a home clearing/cleansing spray, I wanted to enlist the help of my local plants. I went out for a walk into the hills around my town with some friends and asked that the plants/trees that matched my purpose would offer up some of their material for me. I was drawn to a massive pine, growing out of huge boulders, and collected some pitch/amber. I also came across a tree that had grown over on itself and looked like a doorway, that I collected some leaves from. A few more plants spoke to me and I brought them home to add to the mixture.
To the ‘inspired’ ingredients, I added:
(It’s a wild mixture, but the spray has this incredible way of making a space feel clear and protected at the same time.)
I put these ingredients in a large jar (charging each ingredient with my purpose as I go) and then filled it with half vodka and half spring water. I let them steep one moon cycle and then put one ounce of the ‘mother’ mixture (without the plant material) into a 4 ounce spray bottle and filled the rest of the bottle with water. The longer you let the plant material sit in the mixture, the better. I ended up letting the mixture sit for almost a year, and finally strained it this Spring. It’s very potent, and will last me a long time!
Whether you make Florida Water simply, using some of the more ‘traditional’ ingredients, or whether you forage for your own materials and create your own inspired mixture, enlisting the help of plants is very rewarding!