CLEANSING | The Art Behind “Smudging”
Smudging is an ancient and sacred ceremony. Before you begin, you need to center yourself because you want to participate in this process with full, clear awareness and do the smudging in a slow and mindful manner. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you wish. One of my favorite books is by Jane Alexander: The Smudging and Blessings Book: Inspirational Rituals to Cleanse and Heal.
Cleansing/ Smudging/Sacred Bowl Blessing, different names for clearing out old and negative energies from yourself or your space. I feel like sometimes we forget how much energy can affect our health and well being. Making sure to properly and regularly cleanse in order to welcome and draw in new positive energy is an extremely important step to invite new opportunities to fill up your life.
Before you begin, be sure the area you are planning to smudge is well ventilated because the smoke, carrying the negative energy, must have an escape route. Take normal precautions to prevent an unwanted fire, such as placing your smudge stick in a bowl or shell on a non-combustible surface.
RITUAL | Clear & Balance
You will need: A smudge stick, bowl or shell, matches.
I start my cleansing ritual by smudging the entire house (or if I’m in a hurry I’ll just do my immediate surroundings) with a smudge stick while focusing my thoughts and positive intentions on each area. I then spritz the Fig+Yarrow Atmosphere Mist to further assist in cleansing and purifying. I leave Palo Santo incense sticks (unlit) and some type of crystal out (Rose Quartz has been what I’ve been particularly drawn to, perhaps because this stone promotes unconditional love in every aspect of life). Doing these simple yet extremely effective practices makes my mind and soul feel at ease. It also makes your surroundings feel more balanced and purified of stagnant energies.
Another must have for me are Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps. I own two and plan to collect more in time. These lamps not only help to purify the air, clear toxins, but they omit such a beautiful light that you cannot help to feel better and calmer when looking at the glow they emit.
I also use essential oil diffusers daily. For cleansing essential oils I recommend Peppermint, Lemon + Lavender. (the oils I linked to are my absolute favorite. You can actually buy the three of these oils together as well.) This is my favorite mixture because it works almost as an adaptogenic. If you are feeling stressed, the Lavender can help to ease anxiety or nervous tension. If you are in need of energy, Peppermint acts as a natural stimulant. If you’re feeling low or having allergies, Lemon works as a detoxifying and mood booster. I find the three of these diffused together perform more effectively than when used alone. They work in harmony and I not only feel better but can breathe easier.
Do you practice smudging or purifying your surroundings? I’d love to hear what your thoughts and rituals are on this topic!
Love, Health & Blessings,
6 thoughts on “HOME | Cleansing Your Space”
Thank you for sharing this. I also cleanse my space because it allows me to enjoy a fresh and uplifting environment. In doing so, I usually use scented candles and aroma diffusers to create a calm and relaxing environment. I love the ones that can be used for decorative purposes because aside from space cleansing, they also beautify the surroundings.
I love burning oils or incense at home! Always wanted to try the salt crystal lamp, those always look so mysterious!
Be careful with Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps, I read an article said that it’s omit much yang energy hence affect digestive system. To prevent this effect, it’s better to put inside a 15 watt refrigerator bulb and not use it continuously in a room where alway occupy by people.
http://www.lamacrobiotique.com/LISEZ-MOI/lampeasel.html (in french)
I recently discovered your blog and we have lots in common pertaining to all ‘green’ beauty, skin care and space cleansing! I always keep palo santo in my living room and cleanse a few times a week. Also, I love all rose quartz stones and jewelry. Brings lovely energy!
I love smudging with sage. The first time I tried it, I instantly felt an uplifted sense of calmness and well-being. What a wonderful benefit if it is able to purify and detox the air inside our homes.