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Moon Water 101: Here’s What We Know


Do you believe in the power of the moon? If so, you’re not alone. For centuries, some people have thought that the moon can influence the way humans behave. The word lunacy comes from the Latin word lunaticus, meaning “of the moon” or “moonstruck.”

But what about the moon’s effect on water? We know that the ocean’s high and low tides are caused by the moon through a gravitational pull, which generates something called the tidal force. This might partly explain the recent popularity of making moon water in the wellness world—a ritual that essentially relies on the moon’s energy to turn water into a salve, elixir and energizer.

Liquid moon mojo? Sign us up. But whether there’s any truth to it remains to be seen since there’s no research yet to prove or disprove the moon’s ability to charge water with its energy.

True or not, there’s really no harm in trying your own little lunar probe to see if moon water works for you.

What is Moon Water?

Moon water is a homemade concoction believed to be charged by the energy of the moon. Typically, its intention is to help with spiritual and emotional healing or transformation. The practice is said to have originated sometime during the 1800s, but the idea of leveraging the energy and power of the moon has been around for centuries.

A full moon is thought to help with letting go of negative emotions and things that keep us from reaching our fullest potential. So moon water is typically created during a full moon, when the moon shines brightest, but it can be made during any of the moon’s phases.

Some moon enthusiasts suggest you avoid making moon water during a lunar eclipse, especially if you’re doing it for the purpose of harnessing positive energy. But, like the science behind the power of the moon, there are some people out there that say any time is a good time to make moon water. It just depends on what you want to use it for.

How to Make Moon Water

Making moon water is easy and doesn’t require a lot of time or materials. Keep it super simple, with as few as four ingredients.

  • One glass container (with or without lid)
  • Water (from the tap, a lake, river, spring, distilled, etc.)
  • Herbs, flowers, crystals (or other things to infuse it with)
  • A writing utensil and a label

Wait for a full moon, or try it out any clear night, with this 5-step process for how to make moon water:

1. Grab your glass container and fill it with whatever type of water you choose. If you’re planning to drink the moon water, just be sure the water is potable, meaning safe and clean.

2. Find a spot where the moon shines brightest. Put your jar of water somewhere it can absorb the light of the moon with the least obstruction.

3. Set your intention for the water. Before letting your moon water do its thing, think about how you want it to heal you or help you transform. Say it out loud or just meditate on it for a bit.

4. Infuse it with herbs, crystals, or flowers. If you have specific energy you want to bring to the water, using certain herbs or crystals may help increase these energies. For example, adding lavender—either in herb or oil form—may boost feelings of calm and relaxation.

5. Leave the container under the moon overnight. Use a lid or plastic wrap to keep it protected from debris. In the morning, take your freshly made moon water and use it as you please.

How is Moon Water Used?

Although it’s often used in various spiritual rituals, moon water can also simply be used as part of a daily beauty routine, for meditation practice, or just for fun. Once made, moon water can be used in endless ways. Here are just a few:

Drink it
Boil your moon water and drink it in your favorite tea to increase energy and/or heal any minor ailments you may have.

Clean with it
Add a little moon water to your cleaning spray to cleanse your home on a deeper, spiritual level.

Add it to bathwater
Amplify its power by making moon water and then bathing in it during a full moon.

Make perfume/oils with it
Make your own perfume that not only smells good, but also refreshes your spirit every time you use it.

Spritz plants with it
Spray your drooping plants with a little moon water to help revive them.

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