I pledge the sparkling fountain’s tide,
That flings its golden shower,
With age to fill and youth to guide,
Still fresh in morning flower…
Fountain of Youth
Oliver Wendell Holmes
The name Florida water refers to the fabled fountain of youth said to be located in Florida. Although Florida water has “water” in its name, it is traditionally made using a blend of essential oils in a watery, alcohol base. Florida water is widely used in protection magic and spiritual cleansing. Other uses include, scenting water left out for the spirits of the dead, the creation of ink based scrying water, and expelling negativity in your home.
In existence since the early 1800’s, Florida water is known for its citrus top notes and underlying spicy scent. It is refreshing and uplifting. I actually believe it improves my mood and calms my nerves. Unfortunately, commercial Florida water, however wonderful smelling, is nothing but artificial fragrances for the most part. It is hard to believe there is anything magical about that. My challenge was to come up with my own Florida water recipe using old instructions and my own intuition. The following is my personal recipe for your enjoyment. It is a combination of traditional ingredients and my own concocting abilities.
14 oz high proof vodka
3 cinnamon sticks
9 allspice berries
3 t dried orange peel
1 bay leaf
1 c dried or fresh rose petals (strong scented roses are best)
1/2-1 c aromatic greens (I used mint, basil and thyme)
60 drops bergamot essential oil
90 drops lemon essential oil
11 drops clove essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops rose essential oil
3 oz distilled water
Pour vodka into a sauce pan and add cinnamon, allspice, orange peel, and bay leaf. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Add rose petals and greens. Be creative and use plants that you have a connection to in your garden. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. During the heating process DO NOT BREATHE STEAM DIRECTLY! From personal experience, if you do this you will burn all the way from your nose to your toes! I kind of waft the vapors to smell them. You want to lose some of that vodka smell and replace it with spicy and green scents. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain all plant material and pour liquid into a jar. This will be a brownish or pinkish liquid depending on the plants and flowers you used. Add essential oils. Cover and let sit for 48 hours to a week away from light. Add distilled water. Viola! You have made Florida water that smells delicious! Leave it awhile and it improves with age. Use this recipe but be creative and add your own twist to it.
I usually put mine in a blue glass mister bottle and spray and spritz it everywhere. Shake it a bit if it has been sitting awhile. This can be added to floor washes, or used to cleanse your altar and altar items. It can also be misted to attract benevolent spirits and dispel negative energy. Florida water is flammable, so keep away from flame or heat sources.