Energy clearing can be a spiritual, yet practical practice we encourage to purify both the mind, emotions and body/surroundings/objects. Burning sacred herbs like sage and sweetgrass is a traditional Indigenous practice in purifying and releasing negative energies. Many people have adopted this to cleanse themselves and homes, but did you know you can also purify your garden, cars, cottages? Plants have incredible healing properties which can be used to cultivate positivity, assist in balancing, restoring and clearing yourself and your environment.
When is energy clearing necessary?
• When feeling down, depressed, or drained
• When sensing the presence of negative energy or heavy emotions; when a space feels "stagnant" and in need of a lift
• Removing unwanted energy to protect your home, yourself, or surroundings
• When receiving used gifts or second-hand items
• When moving into a new living space
• When engaging in psychic activity or energy work with others
Cleansing can be done in a number of ways. The most commonly known method uses sage, either in stick form or loose. Space-cleansing is relatively simple – light your dried herbs with any sort of flame and wave it out so there is only a smoldering tip, giving off smoke. To avoid accidents, burns, or mess, keep your loose herb or stick in your heat-safe vessel at all times. You can use any flame-proof or heat-safe container, such as a clay bowl or an abalone shell. Wave your hands or a feather to disperse the smoke into all corners of the room, keeping your focus on purifying the space. If you’d like, recite a prayer or incantation - or simply move with the intention of using the smoke as a tool to clear out all unwanted energy. Be sure to have a window open so the smoke does not linger and may exit the space.
If energetically clearing yourself or someone else, breathe deeply with pure intent, and guide the smoke around your body, wash your hands in the smoke, and be sure to drape the smoke around every limb and under your feet. Feel it out intuitively - you'll know the work is done when you feel refreshed, positive, and clear.
Here are some practical cleansing tips for this summer, from us to you.
Outdoor cleansing is useful if you are finding that there are negative energies in your surroundings. If you feel as though your garden or yard has been receiving unwanted visitors or your plants aren’t doing as well as you wish they could, cleansing can re-energize the area while instilling positivity and keeping pests at bay. This practice also creates sacred space, so if you plan to do any magical work in the garden or out of doors, using sacred herbs helps you create and protect your own sacred space – anywhere you want!
Burning sacred herbs while enjoying the outdoors is also a great idea, as bugs like mosquitos may avoid the scent altogether. Try throwing a handful of loose white sage in your outdoor firepit to keep pests away. Mosquitos are also notoriously avoidant of sage, citronella, mint, and lavender, so be sure to have those essential oils on hand for extra protection.
For those with cottages or summer homes, energy clearing is a great idea when visiting for the warmer months. If your summer destination is used by others or has been lying vacant for a while, this practice will help remove old or stagnant energies that may have collected since last use. Just as you would energetically cleanse your home, light your preferred herb in a fire-safe container, extinguish the flame, and let the smoke purify your surroundings. Be sure to push the smoke into every corner of every room, and open up the windows and doors to allow the energy to flow.
Did you know you can also cleanse your car? Think about it – the inside of a car is a personal, mobile habitat for a lot of people, and negativity can collect on your car seats just as much as they can collect on your living room couch!
Cleanse your car with the windows or doors open, and be sure to include the trunk, engine, and over/under the vehicle as well. Just be sure the car is off and in a parked position! Cleansing your car is especially useful after getting in an accident, or after someone else has driven it.
What are we missing from this list? Do you burn herbs to clear any other space we haven't listed? Let us know!
Wonderworks carries of variety of energy cleansing tools and accessories to fit all preferences, including mini herb bundles, sage sticks, loose sage, hand-blended incense AND smokeless energy clearing sprays! Check out our full line in-store or on our website. Some of our favourite burnables include Frankincense, our Fresh Start Blend and Purification Blend, all of which can be burned on a charcoal disc in a fire-safe bowl. If you're looking for a rich aroma experience, or just prefer not to burn, try our Sage Sweetgrass Space Spray which smells divine!
Note: If you are planning on burning herbs during the dry season, or in a very dry area, use extreme caution when using open flames. Use a fire-safe bowl, ashtray, or abalone shell to catch the ash and act as a container for your herb.