Anointing water is a powerful tool for cleansing energy and creating positive vibrations. You can use it for yourself, for your home, or for any other space you want to bless.
It's easy and fun to make your own anointing water, and you probably already have everything you need at home! Here's what you've got to do:
Step by Step
First things first: Consider your intention. Why do you want to make this anointing water? For what purpose will you be using it? To cleanse the energy in a room? To protect yourself from negative vibes at work? What are you trying to achieve? Set your intention now.
Gather up your supplies and create your recipe. This is the fun part! Look online or in books on the healing energy of different herbs and flowers (or check out our recipe below) and find an anointing water recipe that calls out to you. Gather all of the ingredients and tools, then get ready to get practicing.
Assemble the ingredients. Using dried herbs is best, so use a mortar and pestle (or spice grinder) to break them down into smaller pieces so they will fit inside of a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. You can use whatever herbs and essential oils you like for this recipe—there is no right or wrong combination! Just make sure that the scents are something you enjoy.
A good rule of thumb is to choose one herb or flower for each chakra you're trying to work with (e.g., lavender for the crown chakra and safflower for the sacral chakra). If you're making this mix to cleanse crystals, try choosing herbs that correspond with the color of the crystal(s). You'll want to choose between two and seven ingredients to make the most powerful combination.
If you're looking for healing energy, consider selecting eucalyptus, thyme, and lavender; if you're looking for love energy, consider jasmine, rose petals, and vanilla; if you're looking for protective energy, consider chamomile and sage.
If you want to add a few drops of essential oil and aren’t sure what to choose, healing oils are always a good bet! You can also use oils like rosemary, sage, lavender, or yarrow, which are all high vibe plants.
You have several options when it comes to choosing the liquid base of your anointing water. You can use rose water, spring water, holy water, rain water or just plain old bottled water. You can also add alcohol like vodka, brandy, or gin to help preserve everything while drawing out more of the healing properties of your herbal ingredients into the water. If you choose to use an alcohol, it should be at least 80 proof (40% alcohol content by volume) to ensure that the water will stay fresh for as long as possible. If you don’t utilize alcohol, store the finished anointing water in a sanitized glass bottle in the fridge to keep it fresher.
Once you've finalized all of your ingredients, put them into a sanitized glass jar with a lid that closes tightly. Seal the jar completely and shake well to combine. Put the container in a dark place for about a month to let the ingredients meld together—the longer they sit together, the more powerful they'll become!
A Recipe I Love
- 1 oz dried herbs of choice (My personal favorite combo is lavender, mugwort, cedar, rosemary & calendula for grounding, protection and creating a stronger connection to intuition)
- ½-1 oz 180+ proof alcohol (vodka, gin or brandy), but rubbing alcohol can be used in a pinch
- 8 oz carrier water of choice (spring, distilled or rose water is great, but bottled will do if it's the only thing you have on hand)
- Clean glass canning jar and lid
- Coffee grinder, herb grinder or mortar and pestle
- Cheesecloth, muslin cloth or Unbleached coffee filters
- Amber-colored glass jar or a clear jar that can be stored in a dark place (this keeps light from degrading the potency of the anointing water)
Label your creation with date, moon, astrological phase as well as ingredients used in the recipe. This will help with deciphering the most effective recipes for future use.
Remember, let it sit for 30 days, shaking periodically for more thorough extraction of your herbal allies into the water medium. Next, strain off the herbal material from the anointing water using clean cheesecloth or muslin cloth over a sanitized bowl or jar to collect the anointing water. Compost the discarded plant material, if possible! (A tight fitting lid will make straining easier.)
How to Use It
Use anointing waters on altars, doorways and thresholds of your home, on your body, before meditation even as a part of your spiritual bath ritual. You may use anointing water for other purposes as well. For example, you might use an anointing water in combination with an anointing oil at the start of a ritual to cleanse the energy and then bless yourself afterwards.
Ready, Set, GO!
The stars are aligned, bb! What are you waiting for? It's time to make a batch of anointing water. Get over to the kitchen and start mixing up your own batch! Don’t forget to save this for later and share with a friend, too✌🏾✨💗