how to make a magickal floor wash

This is probably one of the simplest things you can do as a witch, especially if you are just starting out, but lots and lots of seasoned witches use this in their practice, too.

Floor washes probably fall somewhere in the Kitchen Witch category, but by no means do you need to define yourself as a Kitchen Witch to do this.

I think virtually every culture I’ve met a witch from has some variation of magickal floor wash, which tells me the ancestors were certainly onto something.

What is a magickal floor wash?

Just in case you’re still wondering what I’m talking about, magickal floor washes are mixtures that you put together to wash, mop, scrub, or otherwise apply to your floors to act as a spell.

So, instead of lighting candles, calling the corners, reciting incantations, or making crystal grids, you’re putting symbolically meaningful herbs or plant extracts together with other substances to create a spell that you apply to your floors (or walls, or furniture, or whatever) to yield the results you want.

I feel like I should interject here that floors seem to be the most effective place to apply these and my guess is that this is because symbolically they are a foundation for the rest of our physical life. We literally live on top of them, so whatever we apply to them, affects every part of our life.

I mentioned floor washes a little bit in my post about spiritual cleansing for your home, but protection and cleansing are not the only things that floor washes do.

A magickal floor wash is simply the carrier for your intent, and your intent could be anything. Here are some suggestions for things to create floor washes for:

  • prosperity (financial, or otherwise)
  • love
  • happiness
  • protection
  • deterring negative or malevolent spirits
  • fertility
  • luck
  • wisdom
  • health
  • banishing
  • washing away bad habits

and I’m sure you can think of others.

What You Will Need:

  • water, probably between 2-3 liters, or almost a gallon; any kind will do, I use distilled water so that plant extracts aren’t muddled but I’m also super weird about water in general so it probably doesn’t matter what kind of water you use
  • salt (this is optional, but if you’re doing a banishing, removal, protection, then salt may be recommended)
  • herbs, flowers, plants of your choice corresponding to your intent for the spell
  • essential oils if you prefer to use those
  • a big ass pot on the stove
  • a mesh strainer
  • a clean glass mixing bowl
  • a clean spray bottle or bucket

How to Make a Magickal Floor Wash:

  1. Pour the water in the pot and bring it to a boil. Add your plant matter. Reduce heat to a simmer and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Pour through the strainer into the clean glass bowl. If you don’t have glass, metal is okay but may leach a bit of ions into the formula, which may not matter much with a floor wash. If plastic is all you have, its okay, but not ideal due to plastic retaining the scents and compounds of whatever you put in it that’s hot.
  3. If you are adding any other water-based ingredients like Florida water or plant extracts, now is the time to add them.
  4. Add any essential oils you want to add at this point. Take strained plants and dump them in your garden soil, at the base of a tree, or a compost pile.
  5. I like to give it all a good stir and while I’m doing that, I’m visualizing all my intent (whatever emotion or outcome I want to happen) flowing down my arm, through the spoon, and into the mixture. Sing, hum, play music, whatever you want, but stir all that good emotion and energy into your mixture.
  6. Once the liquid has cooled enough to handle, pour it into the spray bottle. Shake well before spraying to make sure any essential oils that settle out are re-combined.

If you have carpeted floors in some or all of your living space, you can do a couple of things. Vacuum them first, then either spray the solution and let it sit and dry on them, or spray it on the carpet and use a steamer to run over it, then spray another layer that you let dry.

Suggested Combinations for Floor Washes:

If you need a few to get you started, here are some go-to mixtures for me (any plants can be dried or fresh, your choice):

To Attract Prosperity or Money

  • 2-3 Tbsp basil, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp mint (any kind you want)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (ground or EO)
  • 1/4 cup chamomile flowers

To Attract Love

  • 1/4 cup rose petals or buds
  • 2-3 Tbsp jasmine buds
  • 1-2 Tbsp coriander
  • 1-2 tsp minced or chopped ginger

To Protect from Negative Energy

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup carnation buds
  • 1/4 cup hyssop
  • myrrh (usually 5-10 drops EO works better than the resin here)
  • optional: a few Tbsp Florida water and/or salt

To Bring Happiness to a Home

  • 2-3 Tbsp rosemary
  • 1/2 lemon, sliced (you can use lemon EO as well)
  • 2 Tbsp marjoram
  • 1-2 tsp ginseng diced, minced, ground, or otherwise

a general protection spell for these weird times…

so, wow, things are kinda strange for all of us right now, right? I’m sure there’s nobody reading this (if you’re reading it in March 2020) that hasn’t been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic at this point, in some small or large way.

Protection is on everyone’s mind. Whether its protection from illness, protection from economic disaster, protection from social unrest, or other possibly terrible outcomes we may all be afraid of at this time.

I’ve put together a very basic protection spell that you can use as is, or which you can adapt to further personalize for your own needs.

If you want to read a little bit about protection spells in general, or want something you can do quickly that does not require anything other than yourself, check out this post on what protection spells are.

What you will need:

  • an oil or two of your choice. These oils are great for protection magick:
    • basil
    • cedarwood
    • geranium
    • lemon
    • oregano
    • sandalwood
    • thyme
  • an herb or two of your choice. These herbs hold great power and symbolism in protection magick:
    • basil
    • black pepper
    • coriander
    • fennel
    • garlic
    • lime
    • rosemary
    • there are lots of others, so please feel free to substitute based on your specific needs!
  • a pot of water or a mortar and pestle (choose one, you don’t need both)
  • if using a mortar and pestle to grind your herbs and oils, I recommend getting a small piece of fabric (at least 6″x6″) and a string, in which you will place the contents to keep with you or to hang above the entrance to your home
  • salt, to cast a circle in which to work

How to cast the spell:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Optional: you can dab a few small drops of each of the oils you’ve chosen onto your forehead, heart, belly, wrists, or other places on your body before beginning. I’m a huge fan of scent magic, and find that our sense of smell can play an enormous role in how powerfully we channel our energy and get into our best state of mind for spellcasting!
  3. Gather all of ingredients
  4. If using a kitchen pot, sprinkle a circle of salt around you and your workspace (this is probably the space immediately surrounding your stove). Fill the pot with ~2-3 cups of purified, spring, or distilled water. Place a couple tablespoons of each herb and 5-6 drops of each oil in the water. Bring the water to a boil.
  5. If using the mortar and pestle, sprinkle a circle of salt around you and your workspace. Place a tablespoon of each herb and about 3-4 drops of each oil in the mortar. Grind them together thoroughly, turning the mortar bowl clockwise as you do so with your free hand.
  6. As your spell mixture either boils or is ground, feel free to call upon any deities or energies with whom you work or feel compelled to entreat with, then repeat the following words five (5) times:

“Encircle [name what/who you wish to protect] in your mighty arms

Protect [name what/who you wish to protect] from all harm

Reflect back and return all ill

I have spoken, this is my will”

7. If you are boiling on the stove, leave your mixture to boil for at least one hour afterward, permeating your home and all its corners. Hint: sometimes I let this cool off after a couple of hours and then put into a spray bottle, which I save and re-apply to the doors, windows, and passageways periodically throughout the next month. If not saving to spray later, dump the content out into your garden or other outdoor space to return the herbs and oils to the earth.

8. If you are using the mortar and pestle, scrape your mixture from the mortar bowl and place into the center of the fabric scrap. Bring all 4 corners of the scrap together so that it makes a pouch and tie the string around the fabric to create a sealed charm bag. Keep the bag with you, give it to the person you are protecting, or place it near the entrance to your home, depending on your desired target of protection. When you feel like you no longer need this, or if it has been a year, empty the contents of your charm back to the earth.

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