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Agua De Florida, Bottle With Sprayer, 50 Ml from Peru (SKU 3416)

Murray y Lanman's Agua de Florida flowerwater, in small size (50 ml) bottle. This is the Peruvian variety of the in the US commercially available Aqua Florida. Produced in Peru. Aside of being a facilitator in shamanic diets, Agua de Florida is also used for ritual offerings, purification, and cleansing. Moreover, it is used as a protector in spells to remove unwanted thought forms and heavy vibrations, to encourage the display of emotions, to suppress those who talk too much, and to calm places where an excess of energy is present. A sprayer is included.



Agua de Florida is often perceived in the shamanistic world as a teacher plant or ‘planta maestra’, which is also used for shamanistic dieting and healing. When taking Agua de Florida for dieting, the medicine men or women would drink a small bottle of the toilet water every night before sleeping and spend the day in meditation while smoking mapacho cigarettes. Like other plant spirits, the Agua de Florida spirit will enter and show its power of protection and healing (Beyer 2007).
      Another shamanistic use of Agua de Florida is employed during a ritual used for ending shamanic diets. The shaman chants and blows mapacho, cinnamon, or Agua de Florida over the becoming shaman. Agua de Florida is sprayed on all vulnerable energy points, like the temples, head, and hands. Thereafter, the diet is ended officially with a bit of salt (Jauregui et al. 2011).
       Aside of being a facilitator in shamanic diets, Agua de Florida is also used for ritual offerings, purification, and cleansing. Moreover, it is used as a protector in spells to remove unwanted thought forms and heavy vibrations, to encourage the display of emotions, to suppress those who talk too much, and to calm places where an excess of energy is present.              
       There are also several medicinal treatments attributed to Agua de Florida, like the treatment for aire, a respiratory disease transmitted by air, including pulmonary infection, tuberculosis, and flues. There are several recipes involving Agua de Florida to treat aire, including the combination with sliced fresh leaves of the tree Annona squamosal L., Salvia coccinea or Mirabilis jalapa L. maravilla (Sp), together with alcohol and oil (Comerford 1994), which is then applied as poultice. Furthermore, when mixed with chopped leaves of Caesalpinia pulcherrima (L.) Agua de Florida is used for bathing children to ease fever (Comerford 1994). To treat general aches, the leaves of Mirabilis jalapa L. maravilla (Sp) or Capraria biflora L. pasmo, claviosa (Sp) are chopped and mixed with Agua de Florida, olive oil and alcohol and then rubbed into the aching body parts. To counteract high blood pressure and stress, the ripped leaves of Citrus aurantium Swingle. naranja agria (Sp) are left in water, strained, and heated slightly in a pan, then the mixture is drunken with drops of Agua de Florida (Comerford 1994).

 

Opposing traditional eau-de-colognes in which the orange scents predominated, Agua de Florida has a dominant lavender and flowery note. Due to its flowery, yet spicy tones, this cologne is used by both sexes. Components of the scent include citrus and herbal notes along with spicy and floral undertones. These delightful elements are provided by bergamot (Monarda didyma), neroli (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), clove (Syzygium aromaticum), cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), lavender (Lavendula officinales), rose (Rosa Damascena), and orange flower (Citrus aurantium). When the fragrance is first applied the delicious citrus notes are most dominant, then clove and cinnamon notes move to the front, and the scent settles into an incredibly appealing dry spice. 
       Yet, due to many rival companies that tried to copy the recipe of Florida Water, the producers guard their formula closely and cannot reveal all scent elements. 

 

Skin refreshing, muscle and nerve toning, personal deodorant, (sick)room deodorant, spiritual cleaning, home protection, for clearing and balancing energy and also as an offering to the spirits when opening sacred space or praying for assistance.

There exists a collective myth that the name ‘Agua de Florida’ originated from the legendary and life-extending "Fountain of Youth" in Florida. This myth originated from a note in a book of De Oviedo in 1535, who suspected the conquistador, Juan Ponce de León from Puerto Rico, to have been looking for this fountain in North America (deOviedo, Valdes 1851). This famous fountain was never found, yet a picture of this fountain embellishes every bottle of Agua de Florida until today. Moreover, Agua de Florida was never produced in Florida but in Manhattan and later on in New Jersey, whereas the state Florida did not even exist in the time of Murray and Lanman’s foundation. Therefore, it seems much more likely that the name originated from the Spanish word ‘florida’ – meaning flowery or of flowers (Skenazy 1999). 
      Lanman ascribed the origins of Agua de Florida in their advertisements to West Indies, Cuba, and South America (Sullivan 1994; Skenazy 1999). Yet, according to modern sources it seems more likely, that Agua de Florida was an American effort to develop another eau-de-cologne for the American market (Sullivan 1994; Launert 1974; Skenazy 1999). And they did so very successfully, even in the 1850s, Florida Water was seen as a golden standard to have in a drug store.