Rose Water: Benefits & Uses

There are tons of benefits to Rose Water! In addition to the beautifully floral smell, it can be used to refresh your physical and spiritual being. Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness caused by irritated skin, and help clear acne and eczema. It can be used as a gentle cleanser. In addition to these great skincare properties, roses are associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, as well as ruled by Venus, the fiery and passionate planet. Rose water can be used as a protective agent when worn on the self and on clothes, and roses are generally regarded as good luck charms in love and relationships.

In this post, I’ll teach you how to make your own rose water! This recipe makes a little over 4oz. You can use this rose water to mist your face and overall self for a light perfume and for the skin benefits, or even spray your space with it to promote love and protection from negative energies. First, you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup rose petals
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • A pot with lid
  • A spray bottle

Place the rose petals in the pot and pour the water over them. Place the lid on the pot and bring the water to a boil. Once the water it boiling, bring the mixture to a simmer and let it sit simmering for 10 minutes, or until the color is completely drained from the petals.

You now have rose water! Pour the water into the spray bottle and mist away. I like to leave the bottle in the fridge so I can use the rose water as a cooling mist. For some extra fun, you can add shimmer powder to your rose water for a glitter effect on the skin. Also, adding a charged rose quartz crystal can aid the protective properties of the rose water as well as help bring loving energies to you and your space.

Crystals 101: Clearing & Charging

This post is a continuation of the Crystals 101 series. To read the first post about how crystals work, click here. To see all posts in the “Crystals” category, click here.

Now that we’ve learned about crystal energy lattices, and how these energy lattices work and aid us in selecting the appropriate crystals for our life situations, desires, etc., let’s chat about how to clear your crystals of previous energies and charge them with renewed intention.

Clearing Crystals
Crystals absorb the energies around them and the energies that are placed in them by previous owners or those who have worked with the crystal before you. Routinely clearing of your crystals will ensure that their energy lattices are cleansed of any dull, negative energies that the crystal may have absorbed. Clearing my crystals have become as routine to me as cleansing my makeup brushes! I put it off for as long as possible, but am always so much happier when I finally do get around to it. After all, my makeup brushes always work better after they’re cleaned and they’re also no longer putting gross bacteria and germs on my face. Similarly with my crystals, they work best when their cleared of dull energies.

Before clearing your stones, perhaps after or even before you have purchased them, take a moment to feel the energies of the stones. A way to feel the energy of the stone is so hold it in your closed non-dominant hand (that being the hand you do not use to write). Close your eyes and envision a light starting from the crystal in your hand going up through your arm all the way to your crown chakra (the top most part of your head). Sometimes you may feel the energy descend down to your other chakras. This meditation will allow you to feel the distinct energies of the crystal. If you do this before clearing your crystal and then again after, you should notice a difference in the intensity of the energy you feel radiate from the stone.

Here are some options for clearing your crystals:

  • Smoke them up with a sage smudge stick or incense (best if you choose an incense that is known for it’s cleansing properties like patchouli). My method is to wave the smudge stick or incense in a clockwise motion at least three times or until I feel like the clearing is complete. It’s up to your intuition, but I tend to think the stones feel (and sometimes look) brighter in energy. I may also repeat a mantra as I circle the crystal with the incense or stick.
  • Bury the stones in dirt. This may be the dirt of a plotted or outside plant. Just ensure that you don’t bury too many close together, and that you don’t forget the stones! You may leave them buried for up to 24 hours. A similar option is to bury them in organic brown rice. And, please, do not eat the rice afterward! After all, it’s soaked up all the dull, negative energies you just cleared from your stones.
  • Submerge your stones in rain or ocean water for 2-24 hours. Salted water is also an option, however be cautious because salt can cause damage to the stone as well as leech on the the energies from the crystal’s lattices. Alternatively, you can hold your stones under cool running water. Do this until you feel the stone is cleared. Similarly to the smoke option, it’s up to your intuition.

Charging Stones
Once you have cleared your crystals, you can charge them with your intentions. Choosing a crystal with properties that correspond to your intention is useful. For example, I sleep with a charged amethyst crystal until my pillow to ward away nightmares and to help me remember my dreams. Amethyst is known for it’s ability to aid psychic power and in divination, which is great for dreamwork.

Some ways you can charge your crystals are:

  • Chanting mantra. Come up with a few empowerment words to chant as you hold the crystal in your dominant hand.
  • Holding the crystal in your dominant hand, close your eyes and envision a white light moving from your heart chakra through your chest and down your arm into the stone. Invoke your intention by visualizing or just thinking about what it is you’d like to achieve. You may do this method as you chant mantra as well.
  • Place the crystal in direct sunlight or moonlight. Using this method, I leave them in the light for up to 12 hours. If you choose sunlight, be cautious because sunlight can fade the stone’s color.

It is important that you check in on crystals that you use often. Sit with them and feel their energies. If you find that after clearing the stone it still feels dull, give it a break and let it rest for a while in a sacred space (or in dirt with a plotted or outdoor plant, or on a windowsill that gets good light from the moon).

Once you have cleared and charged your crystals, you can wear them in jewelry, meditate with them, carry them on your person (in a pocket or bag), use them in a crystal grid, or just place them around your home!

I’d love to hear about how these methods worked for you, or if you have any other methods you use.

Crafting a Magickal Home

Creating and maintaining a magickal space is what I had always dreamed of as a teenager. Back then I wanted little fairy houses and twinkle lights lining my room, an altar with a large black metal cauldron to burn resin in, and witchy decor strun about. As I’ve grown older, I’m making my witchy space dreams come true, except it’s a little less dramatic and more purposeful.

My apartment that I share with my girlfriend is slowly becoming the magickal home I see in my mind. We’re growing together, her sporty-vibe mixing with my need for everything to be either black, pink, or turquoise (I know it’s a weird mix, but it works! Think pastel goth). It’s an interesting process melding two completely different aesthetics and personalities into a singular space, and compromise has become the magic word. In this post I want to share with you some fun ways to bring the Craft into your homes, especially if you share space with roommates or partners. And, if you live alone, you’re free to run with these ideas even further.

Doorways
Spaces in which energy can flow in and out are important to protect. You can do this in a multitude of different ways, but here are some of my favorites. Hang a besom (witches’ broom) or horseshoe above your main door that provides entry to your home. Both are thought to ward off negative energies from entering your space. In addition, bells or chimes that ring when a door is opened can refresh the energies within your space and foster a lively environment.

Plants
My favorite way of creating a positively energized space is by growing and caring for plants and flowers. In my living room, I have two windowsills currently packed with flowers and herbs. All living things have divine energy in them, so caring for plants in your home will allow the plants to provide their own energies to your space. Also, growing herbs are great for crafting your own tinctures, teas, and for cooking in general! And, hanging them to dry near windows can definitely contribute to a witchy vibe.

Some great low-maintenance plants to have in your home are orchids, which foster love, spirituality, and emotional support; venus fly traps, which, in addition to capturing flies and bugs, also capture positive energies that enter your home and foster them (such as luck!); and aloe vera, which is an amazingly versatile medicinal plant that is great for treating cuts and burns, in addition to a multitude of other uses.

Cleansings!
Cleansing your home or personal space is incredibly important to your emotional and spiritual health. Spaces will absorb energies that enter into it and can linger for years and years. The energies of the people who lived there before you and previous guests can stagnate. These energies can easily effect you immediately or the longer you stay in that space.

A great, popular way of cleansing your space is smudging (burning) sage or another dried herb known for it’s cleansing properties. Burning incense or oils in a diffuser are also popular for cleansing of energies. However, my favorite way of cleansing my home is creating specific blends of oils and herbs that I can spray throughout the space in order to cleanse it and rejuvenate the space with my intentions. Below, I’ll share with you a recipe for my new favorite mix:

Hearth & Home Essential Oil Spray

This Hearth and Home spray is crafted with essential oils to bring abundance and balance to your home. I add into the bottle a small clear quartz crystal charged to bring protection and peace. The spray has the purifying properties of patchouli and sage to cleanse your space of negative energies. It has a light mixture of woody, herbaceous, and floral scents. My girlfriend describes it as a light mint scent, although there is no mint in the mixture.

To craft this spray you will need:
4 oz dark colored, glass spray bottle
A small bowl
3 tbsp vodka (I substituted Bacardi rum since it’s a similar 80 proof)
12 tbsp distilled water (You can boil tap water to purify it, or use a home filter)
3 drops Bergamot essential oil
5 drops Sage essential oil
2 drops Patchouli essential oil
15 drops Lavender essential oil
25 drops Jasmine essential oil

This mixture will promote kindness, communication, bliss, successful relationships, and defense to your space.

In the small bowl, add in the vodka and distilled water. Then add the essential oils, mixing in between each essential oil addition. Pour your mixture into the spray bottle. Add in a small clear quartz crystal cleared and charged with your intention, if you’d like/have one on hand. The crystal is not necessary.

Shake up the mixture before each use, and store the bottle in a dry space away from sunlight and humidity.

You now have your Hearth & Home essential oil spray! Never apply pure essential oils directly to the skin. This spray is diluted, and therefore should be safe for skin contact. Please be cautious with those who may have allergies or sensitivities. If you’d like to purchase this spray, it will be available in my Etsy shop soon!

Please do share below if you have some additional ways you craft your magickal spaces!