Is your space feeling a bit stagnant? Build ups of negative energy or spiritual presences can cause the vibes in a room or home to spiral downhill promoting energy depletion, low motivation, and brewing frustrations. If this sounds like you, it may be time for your space to get a quick pick-me-up.
Redecorating, adding plants, and circulating the air are usually what people turn to first when things feel stagnant at home (or office, car, school- anywhere you spend your time). But sometimes that’s just not enough. Regularly cleansing and protecting your space with Crystals and herbs is a power packed addition sure to encourage good vibes and renewed energy.
What is Smudging?
Smudging is the ancient practice of burning dried herbs or Palo Santo sticks and allowing the smoke to cleanse the air. In addition to the ritualistic purpose of this, there is a scientific side as well. There have been several studies, but one study in particular ‘represents a comprehensive analysis and scientific validation of our ancient knowledge about the effect of ethnopharmacological aspects of natural products' smoke for therapy and health care on airborne bacterial composition’. The results showed that smudging ‘caused over 94% reduction of bacterial counts by 60 min and the ability of the smoke to purify or disinfect the air and to make the environment cleaner was maintained up to 24h in the closed room’.
How to Smudge
To use these tools, simply light it, wait for a moment, then blow it out. Allow the smoke to waft through your space, guided by your hand or a feather. Practice fire safety by keeping these items away from flammable surfaces and never leaving them unattended. Using a bowl of sand or an abalone shell as resting places for your smudging tool is a common method of safety. Ensure that there is ventilation (open a window or door).
There are a wide variety of Crystals and Stones that pair well with herbs for cleansing and protecting. My top favorites are:
Place them in your space as manifestation tools/ reminders, decor, or as a Crystal grid- listen to your intuition and go with what feels right. Using them with herbs is the same. Program them to help with your cleansing ritual, protect your space, or motivate you to manifest your dream space.
Cleansing/protection Crystals you could choose might include Black Tourmaline, Apache Tear, Obsidian, or any other black stone as those tend to be great for absorbing negative energy and providing protection. Black Tourmaline is considered one of the most powerful stones for this purpose so I generally opt for it if it is available. You’ll want 4 Black Tourmaline for a large grid or two pairs of cleansing/protection stones (such as two Black Tourmaline and two Obsidian) for a small grid. Additionally, a larger stone (preferably a cluster/geode) is recommended to anchor the energies. Amethyst works great for an anchor as it is wonderful at clearing negative energy and promoting positive energy. It is also recommended to include 4 Clear Quartz Crystals as they are natural amplifiers of energy and bringers of health and happiness.
Recap- Recommended Supplies:
Ready? Let’s get started!
*Reminder: BREATHE. Breathing with controlled intention is important to keep you calm and focused.
Once you feel that your grid is complete and active, you may choose to either leave it up or take it down. If you leave it up, be sure to cleanse the stones every so often. Use your herbs to Smudge your space at least monthly until you feel more in control and at peace with the energy.
Sometimes there will be energies that are more difficult and ‘refuse’ to vacate a space very easily. If you find that your space still feels negative after the grid, take some time to think about the different energies that come into your space. Is there a friend who comes over to vent frustrations frequently? Or maybe a partner with an anger issue? Whatever the case may be, you’ll want to Smudge the air after each time they visit. This can be exhausting but it’s worth it to not let the negative energy build up again to where it is suffocating you- this is your space and it should be respected by all those that enter.
If you have an abundance of negative energy that you feel needs reinforcements on top of the current grid, consider reenergizing your space by reorganizing, decluttering, mixing up the décor, or adding some energizing plants or crystals such as citrine, aventurine, orange calcite, and more.
Please note that if you feel that there is a significantly sinister force residing in your space that refuses to vacate, consider contacting a professional in that field who can better assist you.