Agua de Florida is a very popular lotion or perfume in many South American countries, particularly in Peru. Indeed, the classic and original version of this lotion was invented by Murray & Lanman, in Peru, in the 1800s. This water is also known as “Agua de Colonia” or “Colonia de Azahar”.
The ingredients of Agua de Florida
Amber, a plant-based fossilised resin, is used to produce this deliciously powerful scent. There is also musk, an oily, unctuous substance with an intense smell. Finally, lemon and benzoin are used. Benzoin is a resin obtained from the benzoin tree, with strong medicinal properties.
The benefits of Agua de Florida
Agua de Florida is a multi-purpose product. It is said to be useful for the body, mind and soul. It can be used as a perfume, skin care, refresher, and much more!
Due to its strong and enchanting smell, it is used to eliminate unpleasant odours from the kitchen, from fresh paint, or to give clothes, sofas, sheets and towels a pleasant and fresh smell.
Medicinal properties of Agua de Florida
This water has great medicinal properties that can help you in your daily life.
Concerning its benefits for the skin, we can name its disinfecting capacity. Men use it as an after-shave lotion to reduce irritation. Women use it on their face after removing make-up for a fresh feeling. Agua de Florida also has the ability to shrink pores.
If your feet are burning or heavy, put them in a basin of warm water with Agua de Florida and you will feel a soothing and restorative effect. Of course, you can also add it to your hot bath to relax, after exercise or if you feel daily tension.
If you regularly have headaches, you can put some Agua de Florida on a tissue and inhale it. You can also apply the water to your forehead and gently massage your temples to reduce the pain.
To reduce fever, apply compresses of Agua de Florida on your forehead and stomach, this will help to reduce your temperature.
It is said that it can also calm and relieve the itching of mosquito and insect bites.
In Peru, it is used to fight soroche, which is altitude sickness or mountain sickness. This can manifest itself in headaches, nausea and vomiting, lack of appetite, digestive problems and other symptoms. You should inhale Agua de Florida. This will help you if you have difficulty breathing at high altitudes.
In general, apply a few drops to your hands and rub them over your body. The aroma will give you a relaxing feeling.
Rituals with Agua de Florida
The benefits of Agua de Florida go beyond physical health, however, it can also be used for spiritual purification, for protection against negative energies and as a basis for meditation practice.
Indeed, Agua de Florida is a basic instrument used for rites and ceremonies by shamans, especially in Peru. They use it in rituals with the San Pedro cactus and Ayahuasca, spiritual ceremonies of purification and healing.
The healers of Cusco also use Agua de Florida to clean bad energies from the body, mind and soul. They are convinced that this aroma relaxes the atmosphere and repels negative energies.
Shamans say that Agua de Florida has benefits for many aspects of life:
- In love: its smell brings emotional tranquillity. For this, perfume your heart and wrists.
- At work: spray a few drops in every corner of your office. This will channel negative energies and guarantee good financial results.
- In your home: it cleanses negative energies and attracts positive energies for those who live there.
- Concerning money: in case you are going through a complicated financial situation, it is advisable to perfume your wallet with floral water. This will attract positive energies and allow you to better manage your expenses.
- When travelling: spray Agua Florida on your suitcases to ensure that you have a pleasant journey and to protect your luggage.
The Peruvians also attach great importance to the Pachamama, the mother earth. Agua de Florida is used in religious offerings as a sign of thanks.
Where to find Agua Florida in Peru?
You can find them in almost every market in Peru!