Smoke cleansing is a powerful ritual which I like to do often in my home. Now that’s it is the New Year it’s a great time to cleanse your home environment of negative energy, to generate wisdom and clarity, and to promote healing by burning Sage, Palo Santo or even Patchouli. Studies have show that smoke cleansing can kill 94% of bacteria in the air and the effects can last up to one month.
There are many different rituals that people do, or ways to smoke cleanse and you have a few options of what to use. I alternate between Sage, Palo Santo and Patchouli depending on my mood and which I feel called to. Sage smells more pungent and will create more smoke. I normally use this when I feel the need for a deep cleanse of the air. If I am in the mood for a sweeter smell I will use Palo Santo. My favorite though is Patchouli. I like to burn Patchouli as an everyday smoke cleanser/scent.
Here is the method I use: First open your windows to allow negative energy to be released. Next, light your sage and sage yourself. Start at your feet and let the smoke circle around you, working your way up to the top of your head. Then walk around your home working the smoke as you go, paying close attention to the corners or areas that you feel drawn to clear out. You might notice being drawn to areas where there is clutter – areas that need clearing.
Focus on positive thoughts and images. I even like to say affirmations as I go through each room. I don’t have a set script or affirmation, I just go with the flow and say positive words that come to me. (Kind of like my blog LOL)
When you’ve finished going around your entire house, extinguish your sage in an abalone shell bowl or bowl with sand.
Palo Santo was mainly used by Peruvian shamans in their religious and spiritual rituals as a tool to bring good luck, ward off any signs of negativity and as a means of getting a better spiritual connection. I think Palo Santo has a sweeter smell than Sage or Patchatoli.
Patchouli is infamously earthy and full bodied. This fragrance is my favorite. It’s known for stimulating the mind and creating a sense of grounded calm.
After cleansing your space, relax and enjoy the clean air and good vibes you have created. And don’t forget to drop me a comment below and let me know how it went!