What is Florida Water?

Florida Water is basically an Eau de Cologne or cologne water that has been around the US since the 1800’s. Typically it is made as a hydrosol, a combination of water, alcohol and essential oils. Traditionally, the blend is of citrus oils and lavender. Very often ingredients included, neroli, lavender, sweet orange, lemon, and sometimes clove.  The name, “Florida Water,” is a reference to the Fountain of Youth and its reported floral scented waters.

In the nineteenth century it was a commercialized product with a general base of water, alcohol with essential oils of varying combinations.

There was a similar toilet water called, “Kananga Water,” which is built upon a foundation of essential oil of Cananga odorata, also known as Ylang Ylang (which may be closer to its pronunciation in its native growth region of Indonesia and adjacent areas). Commercial Kananga plantations were established in Jamaica in the 19th century by the British.

Although both Florida Water and Kanaga Water have the word “water” in their names, it should be noted that they are actually alcohol-based Colognes — unlike such products as Willow WaterRose Water, and Orange Water, which are made from distilled water with added botanical fragrances. http://www.luckymojo.com/floridakanangawater.html

Cananga is actually the name given to the last distillation, “the Tail,” and is considered an inferior product to the first distillation draw of Ylang Ylang oil. The botnaical name for Ylang Ylang is, Cananga odorat, so you can see where the word is derived.

In general, I want to say that essential oils and any product made with them, have their own frequency and chemistry.  Most have over 300 individual constituents each and create chemical change in the body.  They are one of the few substances that can pass the blood brain barrier.  They are not fun toys, they create serious change and can affect health issues, body changes, spiritual, and mental changes.  They can effect your medications, and your overall health.  Additionally, if misused they can be very harmful and even cause death.  So being aware of what you are using and working with is very important.  This is not some little perfume to spray around.  It has astounding properties and can affect you in ways you can’t even imagine; having said that, here are both the properties and uses of the oils generally used in Florida Waters/ Kananga Water.

Ylang Ylang Oil:

Antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, balances blood pressure, regulates heartbeat

Balances male/ female energies allowing for greater attunement, focus thoughts, filters out negative frequencies, sex drive issues, shock, heart issues, balancing, anxiety, insomnia, breathing, depression, fatigue.

There are many uses of the waters, here are just a few:

  • Home protection
  • Spiritual cleansing
  • Draw gambling luck
  • Cure headaches, fever
  • Perfume a home
  • Ritual offerings
  • Replacing water with holy water to enhance and use in rituals
  • Cleansing spiritual items, wash floors, etc
  • Spell work
  • Emotional support
  • Guidance
  • Attracting love
  • Removing obstacles
  • Blessing, cleansing
  • Bring peace
  • End gossip
  • Add to inks for spell work

I’m sure that there are many more, but these are some of the most common uses that I could think of or find.  Just a word of warning when working with Florida Water near flames, it is flammable; both the alcohol content and the essential oils have flammable properties. Also, do not use any essential oils on pregnant women or pets, children,  or babies unless you are working with a certified aromatherapist.

Here are some properties of the various additional essential oils used in Florida Waters:

Sweet Orange Oil:  

Calming, sedative, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, anticoagulant, improves circulation

Uplifting, cheering, calming, worry reducing, mood enhancer, relaxant, warming, promotes detoxification on a physical level and can settle stomach issues when inhaled.

  • Avoid direct sunlight when in use, all citrus oils are phototoxic in sunlight and could leave permanent red or brown burn makes on skin contact with direct sunlight.

Lemon Oil:

antiseptic, astringent, anti-infectious, disinfectant, antibacterial (spores), antiviral

uplifting and cleansing. replaces negative emotions by creating a cheerful atmosphere of freshness and purity. It can help dispel mental fatigue and psychological heaviness. increased concentration and awareness. clarifying and aids the decision making process. warm, penetrating energy, great for anxiety.

  • Always dilute this is very astringent and could burn the skin. Avoid direct sunlight when in use, all citrus oils are phototoxic in sunlight and could leave permanent red or brown burn makes on skin contact with direct sunlight.

Neroli Oil:

anti-infectious, antibacterial, anti-microbacterial, antiparasidic, digestive tonic, antidepressive, hypotensive.

centering, relaxing, exotic, sensual, soothing helps with depression, anxiety, and shock. Calming and relaxing to physical and spiritual bodies. Brings relief and joy to seemingly hopeless situations. Confidence, courage, peace, sensuality.

Clove Oil:

antimicrobial, analgesic, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, antioxidant, hemostatic (blood thining), antiflammatory

Clove oil stimulates healing, is warming and uplifting. It can encourage sleep and dreams. It is mentally stimulating, protective, and promotes courage.

  • Always dilute this is a 5 drop or less oil, it is very potent and could burn the skin.
  • Clove is the strongest out of these oils

Lavender Oil:

Antiseptic, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, sedative, anti-inflammatory.

balancing, harmonizing, normalizing, centering, anchoring, clarifying, gently clarifying, calming, relaxing, soothing, uplifting, eliminates nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems.

  • Lavender oil is the gentlest out of all of the oils.
  • Lavender oil is the only oil that can be used, “neat,” or directly on the skin.

So this is your basic run down of traditional Florida Water and its physical and spiritual properties.  You can purchase some on line or make your own.  In either case, it is a wonderful addition to any spiritual or just a household tool box.

2016 copyright by Katie Pifer available at http://www.witchpetals.wordpress.com

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