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I’m a big believer in the energy we put out in to the world sticking around in our environments and effecting our mood, our health, and the vibe of our spaces. This might seem a little “alternative” to some people, but as somebody who is very sensitive to other people’s energies (I have been since I was a little girl!) I find that I need to be mindful of the energy spaces hold. Same with jewelry, for me, actually. A space can hold both bad or good energy, and I always find it a really regenerative process to energy cleanse a new home or space to make way for a clean slate and good vibes! Today I thought I would share how I energy cleanse a new home, since I have always done it– and have gotten lots of questions about it when I’ve shared tidbits on social media.
Whenever we have purchased a new home, I’ve made sure to cleanse it right when we move in. My process involves two steps: first, cleansing with Sage, and then bringing in good energy with Palo Santo (A traditionally sacred wood). The process is pretty simple, but there are lots of variations people use. I’ll just share mine, but feel free to do your own research if you’re interested! Make sure you always cleanse your home in a controlled way, and never leave anything burning unattended! There is fire involved with this so use your common sense and best judgement.
What you’ll need…
- A stick of dried Sage
- A “smudge bowl”, I use a small jewelry tray, but some people use a shell or clay bowl.
- A piece of Palo Santo wood
- A lighter or matches
- A feather to waft the smoke (optional)
Sage has been used for cleansing for centuries, across many different cultures. The process is called “Smudging”, which is a traditional Native American practice in our nation. The burnt sage sends off a smoke that repels negative energies and spirits, and helps remove them from the space you are cleansing. Begin by cracking a window or door, as it’s said that the negative energy or spirits need a place to escape! Light your sage stick until it has a strong ember, and hold it over your smudge bowl to catch the embers. Slowly wave the burning smudge stick throughout your space, drawing attention to corners where energy often gets stuck or any areas that feel heavy or dark. For objects, pass them through or the sage smoke to clear them of any lingering negativity. How do you know when you’ve cleansed your space enough? Trust your insticts! I’ve read that the sage will glow, crackle or even extinguish itself when you reach heavy areas, so continue to smudge until the energy feels light and clear. When finished, extinguish the lit part of the sage well by running it under cold water. Dispose of the ashes in your smudge bowl by pouring them down the drain under running water or placing them outside and mixing with dirt.
I like to not only use a smudge stick in a new home or space, but also after our space has had any significantly negative energy– after Kyle and I have argued, if there’s been a bad day where the kids have acted funky all day, or if there’s been an illness that has passed through. Sometimes if you’re feeling in a funk yourself, it’s a nice practice to sage your space! My kids are super familiar with this practice now, and help me complete the practice when we do it! They like to clap in to the corners to release the negative energy also. Ha!
After cleansing, it’s just as important to let the good energy in. I love using Palo Santo for this. Palo Santo is a tree that grows on the coast of South America and is related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copal. In Spanish, the name translates to“Holy Wood”. It is part of the citrus family and has sweet notes of pine, mint and lemon. I absolutely love the smell, it helps me feel grounded and calm. Palo Santo is said to bring creativity, love, and good fortune into your space. The wood can help brighten energy, and promote feelings of positivity and joy. The scent is also shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance clarity and concentration. After smudging, I light a palo Santo stick and allow it to smoke and burn in my smudge bowl. I like to do this on my kitchen island or on a mantle to really allow the scent to permeate my space. You can also throw a piece of this on your fire in the winter months!
I’m so curious to hear if you ever cleanse your spaces in this way. Let me know in the comments below!
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Photographs by Julia Dags