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As a Cancer sun woman, my relationship with the moon is a deep and intimate one. After all, the moon is Cancer's ruling planet, and everyone in my life will easily tell you my emotions change with its phases. When I was a child (OK, & sometimes as an adult, too), I used to talk lớn the moon; I wanted to press all of my deepest hopes and dreams into every single crater. The last year really thrust me into my inner spirituality — shadow work, tarot, crystals, flower essences, all that good good — và that's why it was no surprise that my TikTok algorithm started recommending I make moon water

But what exactly is moon water, anyway? Basically, it's distilled water charged under the new and full moon, believed lớn absorb lunar energy lớn help us tap into our subconscious feelings and emotions. It also helps lớn heal and revive aspects of our spiritual body. 

" moon water is an ancient practice of alchemically activating water molecules with the emanations that radiate from the light of a full moon," explains Mariah K. Lyons, crystal healer & author of Crystal Healing For Women. In fact, it has been used in beauty routines & ritual practices for ages and is seen in cultures all over the world. "The moon radiates a lunar 'feminine' energy — which has nothing to vì chưng with gender but energetics — while the sun radiates a solar ‘masculine’ energy. Just as we see solar panels capture light particles for a 'charge,' when we place water or crystals under the light of the moon they receive a lunar 'charge' from the emanations of the moon," shares Lyons. 

Awesome, right? We go outside lớn get some vitamin D from the sun, but many of us have never considered that light reflecting from the moon may offer some kind of benefit, as well. However, it's a long-standing spiritual belief that water holds consciousness, & it can be said to hold "memories." Japanese researcher Masuro Emoto deeply researched water molecules for his 2004 book The Hidden Messages in Water, claiming that those molecules can change depending upon environment and intention. When you "charge" water by the moon, its molecules are being imprinted with the energy of the moon — so, the general theory would be that when you drink the moon water or use it on your face as a beauty treatment, you are vibrationally tuning into the energy of the moon that is stored within the molecules of water.

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Of course, since this is, we also wanted to get a dermatologist's opinion. I asked Hadley King, a dermatologist based in thành phố new york City, if she had any thoughts on the medicinal side of moon water. "I love the moon in all of its phases, but unfortunately there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that water will be any different after exposure lớn moonlight," she says. So while the moon does actually certain types of scientifically proven impact on our water — its gravitational pull affects the tides, something we all were reminded of during the battle of the Big Stuck Boat of 2021 — it's also true that there's no real statistical evidence behind the claims that water charged by the moon will give us any real benefit. However, King agrees that she wants you to lớn stay hydrated, either way, regardless of whether your water has been charged by the moon or not. "It's essential lớn our health to stay well hydrated, so that means drinking plenty of water, whether or not it has been exposed lớn moonlight," she explains. Drinking water is the easiest và best way to take care of your body, your health, & your mental health, too. 

Varying opinions aside, if you're interested in moon water, tiệc ngọt on, Garth. We tapped a few other experts lớn answer the hows và the whys of moon water for you.

"The moon controls the tides of the ocean, và we are made of 60 percent water," shares Lisa Stardust, astrologer và author of The Saturn Return Survival Guide. "This means that the moon has a huge effect on all of us. Therefore, anyone and everyone should and could use moon water." Every single one of us has an energetic body as well as a physical one, and it's important to lớn maintain good spiritual hygiene. It helps lớn keep us in alignment to lớn receive renewed energy and clear out anything that does not serve our greatest good. 

If there's a moon in the sky, you can make moon water (read: any time!). However, it's highly recommended that you wait until a new or full moon lớn charge your water, according khổng lồ Stardust. If you make your water in the new moon, it is best lớn charge it with positive affirmations và set your intentions towards growth. Full moon water, on the other hand, aids in the release of all that no longer serves us. In order to lớn welcome new fresh energy, we have khổng lồ make space in our lives for new things, & the full moon helps us lớn truly dig deep & let go. 

One thing, though: Stardust highly advises khổng lồ not make moon water during an eclipse. The energy of the lunar nodes overpowers the moon's potent phases, which are used lớn make moon water, so steer clear.

It's actually really easy, you'll just need a few things:

A glass container or bottle (it doesn't need a lid, but you can use one for storage)Incense or sageWater — any kind, distilled, tap, from a river, directly from a springLabels và a penAnything you want lớn infuse into your water — crystals, herbs, flowers

First, you'll want to cleanse the glass container with smoke from your incense or sage. Pour your water into your container or bottle và place it by the window in the moonlight or outside khổng lồ absorb the moon’s glow. Stardust suggests labeling the bottles with the date and the sign of the luminary, or astrological sign the moon is in at that moment. "If the new moon is in Sagittarius, for example, make lưu ý of that lớn ensure that you can use that vibe khổng lồ ignite excitement. If the full moon is in Virgo, make note of that as well to lớn allow healing to happen with the water," she explains.

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You can showroom edible herbs & flowers to your water, lượt thích roses for love (including self-love), oải hương for cleansing & relaxation, or anything conducive to the mood you're trying to lớn manifest. You can also add crystals lượt thích rose quartz khổng lồ heal the heart chakra, or amethyst for heightened intuition khổng lồ the water, allowing them khổng lồ absorb & be "charged" by the lunar energy as well. "Crystals such as moonstone, selenite, mother of pearl, & jade have a natural feminine resonance và are wonderful lớn charge in the light of the moon, especially when looking to lớn conceive or connect deeper with one's own intuition," recommends Lyons.

Speak your affirmations và intentions into the water, repeating it aloud or in your head lớn bless & set your intentions. Leave the jar overnight to charge with moonlight, & it'll be ready in the morning.

According lớn moon water maker Barbara Mouradian of Eye Love Love, a company that makes handcrafted small-batch moon-charged water in Florida, the uses for moon water are endless: "Moon water can be used lớn create a bath ritual, charge and cleanse crystals, cleanse your energetic body, cleanse your home to remove stagnant energy, sacred objects, in your diffuser & more," she explains. Her moon water recipe, which was passed down from her grandmother, is made of charged moon water, flowers, herbs, spices, salt, và alcohol. She works with each of the 12 zodiac signs & their attributes và uses complementary ingredients in her moon water. 

One of the most common ways lớn use moon water would be lớn bathe in it during the new or full moon — you can even use it khổng lồ water your plants if you use plain distilled water. If you're an artist, you can dip your paintbrush into it lớn cleanse your brushes lớn evoke energy, creativity, and emotions into your art. You can also use it lớn clean your floor, khổng lồ make perfumes or oil — basically, anywhere you use water, you can use moon water. You can also drink it to help to aid with cleansing và heal the body.

I turned mine into a xinh đẹp little mist for my desk and for my shower, và I mist my moon water as much as I spritz my face with my various favorite facial mists, and if I'm feeling super reckless… I might even combine the two. 

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Amanda Mitchell is a Brooklyn-based writer with bylines at Marie Claire, OprahMag,, Byrdie, Stylecaster, Vulture, & more. Her work exists at the apex of beauty, pop culture, and absurdity. A human Funfetti cake, she watches too much television, her favorite season is awards season, và she hosts the podcast... Read more