Florida Water is a cologne with a scent that is relaxing for the body, mind, and spirit. Sometimes called “flower water” in English, this perfume is made from amber, musk and benzoin gum. It is a common tool for Andean healers.
In the city of Cuzco, the shamans and curanderos use this perfume to cleanse bad energies from the body, the mind, and the spirit. It is always present in the wachuma, and ayahuasca rituals as well as offerings to the Pachamama. It refreshes and relaxes the ambience as well as participants’ energies. It is ideal for this as it gives mental serenity and spiritual tranquility.
You can sense its scent in the huacas, the holy places, found along the Qhapaq Ñan going to Antisuyo from the rituals carried out with it on the ceremonial altars, walls, and other places that belonged to our ancestors. You can also erceive it on the peaks of our tutelary apus, mountains, that protect the city of Cusco; Apu Mamacha Simona, Apu Picol, and Apu Pachatusan, among others. They always have the scent of palo santo as well as Florida Water. Just from the scent alone you can know if they have carried out an offering or ceremony.
Florida Water is also used for baths. It drives away bad luck, calms rebel spirits, destroy evil spells and witchcraft, as well as removing bad spirits from your body It is ideal for undoing negative vibes and blessing your home or business.
In the San Pedro Market, some three blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, you can find Little bottles of Florida Water. They are in the medicinal herb and offering section. Their price varies. There are small, medium, and large. The small cost 3 soles, the medium 5, and the large 8.
The caseras, vendors, who sell it, explain its use and medicinal properties. It is said to be good for colds and headaches. To alleviate thos symptoms you sprinkle the Florida Water on a handkerchief and then inhale. You can also use it to massage painful muscles in order to relax tension.
Travelers buy it to sprinkle on their suitcases. It is a symbol to give you good travels. People also use it to wash their tired feet. For that you put warm water in a basin and then add a little Florida Water. It calms and restores to enable you to go on.
This magical perfume can also be used to care for your skin, to do massages, to reduce itching, and to eliminate headaches produced by stress, as well as to calm and alleviate the itching of mosquito and bug bites.
It also eliminates bad smells and is used as an air freshener and as a lotion after a shower. It causes your pores to contract and gives a sensation of freshness that relaxes your muscles and makes your skin glow.
Agua Florida has been used for a long time for its multiple benefits. It is very popular in the Peruvian Andes although it is also known and sold throughout the world. It is made by the Murray, Lenman, and Kempo Company.