Cleansing With Kananga Water

Cleansing With Kananga Water

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Kananga Water is a cologne used by spiritualists since the early 20th century. Made with Ylang Ylang, Kananga Water is used especially when working with ancestors or spirits of the dead. It has also been used by some for purification rituals, similar to how Florida Water is used. Large plantations of cananga trees were established all over the Caribbean by the British, from which the Ylang Ylang flower blooms. Their sweet scent was worn and used by rootworkers ever since. Common uses for Kananga Water include:

  • Place some Kananga Water in an offering bowl on your altar. This helps clear away negative energy and attracts ancestral blessings (But make sure to keep away from candles as Kananga Water is highly flammable)
  • Wash your hands in Kananga Water before conducting a tarot reading to gain an energetic boost to your session.
  • For spiritualists that work in cemeteries, washing gravestones with Kananga Water helps attract good energy to the honored dead that reside there.
  • Dab some Kananga Water on the back of your neck and wrist for ancestral protection and purification.

Kananga Water can be used in place of Florida water or alongside it in purification ceremonies. If you’re curious about trying Kananga Water for yourself, stop by the Eye of Horus today to pick some up (or find it in our online store)!

About Josiah Mosqueda

Josiah Mosqueda is an Initiated Druid of the Mists of Stone Forest Grove and devotee of Santa Muerte. As a queer Mexican American of Irish descent, he works closely with ancestral spirits to fight for the liberation of all oppressed beings. Aside from the Eye of Horus, Josiah also works for the Minneapolis Public School district.

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