Cleansing your home is an age-old ritual performed by many cultures. Shamanic, Native American and Balinese cultures consider homes, objects and bodies as holding energy and this technique is believed to rid them of emotional and psychic negativity that may have collect over time. Here are a few simple ways to get begin a spiritual spring cleansing (or summer, fall and winter cleansing for that matter)!
The aroma of Sage is said to release tension in the muscles of your body by increasing the oxygen supply to your brain. It can help with feelings of grief, depression and frustration. The smoke can change the molecular structure of the air, essentially cleansing it. Some believe you can simply let the Sage burn in a metal bowl. Another option is to wave it counter clockwise over the areas in your home, being sure not to ignore the corners. Voila! Energy cleared.
Palo Santo sticks
These come from a tree in the coastal areas of South America, it is related to the citrus family and evokes a scent of pine, mint and lemon. It is said to keep energies grounded and lucid. It is a great way to cleanse your space as well as enhancing creative energy. The aroma is uplifting and creates a sense of clarity. Ignite your Palo Santo stick using a match or lighter, allow it to burn for about 30 seconds, then blow it out. Move around your space, wherever you wish to clear the energy. When finished, place your stick in a fire proof bowl to allow the embers to go out. These are also included in The Year Of Wellness box 1, Detox, learn more here.
Sandalwood originates in India and Asia, burned at many funerals to carry the soul of the deceased into the next realm. In some religious traditions (Buddhism, mainly) it is believed to awaken tranquility and awareness making it a perfect tool for meditation. Breathing in the smoke can help with stress relief, insomnia and depression. It is said to take 20 years for the oil to develop within the roots and heartwood, so the scent may be hard extract. How do you burn sandalwood? If you have a stick of sandalwood, try to cut it into smaller pieces or grind them if possible (to mix with oil). The easiest way is to buy sandalwood incense and let it burn in several rooms of your space.
Salt can balance energy while repelling negativity, which is what makes it useful as a technique for cleansing your home. It can absorb the negative energy of people who are sick, fighting or if you have just moved into a new place and want to clear the energy of the previous owners. Take the salt and place it in the four corners of any room you wish to cleanse. Let it sit there for 48 hours, then vacuum or sweep and discard of it. This is also where the popularity of salt lamps comes from.
Crystals have been known for years to have cleansing and healing properties. Black Tourmaline is thought to absorb electromagnetic energies so placing this crystal near electronics is a great idea. This crystal is also useful to ease anxiety so even the act of holding it in your hand can pull the energy from your own body out. When cleansing a space, you can use pieces of this crystal and place them in the corners of the rooms, or if there is a heavier energy you wish to get rid of, try a tourmaline log. Once weekly it is suggested to cleanse these crystals by placing them in filtered water and in the sun for at least 4 hours.
Fresh flowers have a way of calming the mind and brightening your outlook, as they exude a natural energy into the room. With their beauty and scent, it can be a very easy and powerful way to cleanse your space regularly.
A singing bowl is commonly used in meditation; however, it can be an effective aid and gauge for space purification as well. It is a shiny mixed metal bowl that when rubbed, tapped or hit will produce a pure and lasting sound. Full of humming resonance, harmonic tones and sound vibrations, it helps the mind focus. When used in cleansing of a space, the bowl's sound is meant to shift over time, as the space gets clearer. Place the bowl on a small cushion in palm of left hand, strike the bowl mindfully with the wooden mallet. Walk from room to room with the bowl in your hand and strike three times. Always move in a clockwise direction through your space when cleansing with a singing bowl. Who wouldn't want to feel lighter and breathe easier in their own homes? Purifying your home has many lasting benefits that can help one through difficult challenges or simply clear space to make way for a new beginning. Larissa Gomes is a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited baby boy! Originally from Toronto turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she's developed concepts, film and television screenplays, short stories, along with freelance articles, blogging and editing work.