How to Cleanse Your Living Space 



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Clear away any clutter that’s collected on floors or surfaces. Recycle those stacks of newspapers, throw away those old bills, and send out that dirty laundry.

Using an old cloth or your broom, dust the corners of your ceilings for cobwebs. Dust the tops of your curtains and windowsills as well.

Starting at the doorway of your house, sweep the floors in a generally clockwise direction. Sweeping is an excellent example of practical magic, cleansing on both a physical and spiritual level.

We have all experienced that moment when we are in someone’s presence or have been to a place where we feel “bad vibes.” Negative energy can change yours in a moment and even if you know how to do the Teflon prayers of protection, we can bring them home with us. It could even be in your own home where a lot of arguing, unhappiness, sorrow, etc. has filled the space and the house just feels unhappy and you along with it. There is a cure for what ails you and your home: The Native American ritual of smudging, performed with white sage, or other cleansing herbs, that have the properties to purify negative energies and allow uplifting and higher vibrational energy to take its place.

If you grew up religious, you probably witnessed the ritualistic use of smoke from frankincense and myrrh being burned during Sunday mass in ceremony. For others it is the smoldering incense at their Buddhist Temple or the spiraling tendrils of bukhoor in a mosque. There is something primordial within us that connects smoke with spirituality. In Native American tradition, it’s seen as a bridge to the higher realms, a way to bring in good spirits and dispel the negative or stagnant ones.

A Shamanic Cleansing Ritual

Smudging is a ritualistic burning of herbs and plant resins in a shell or clay bowl while prayers of gratitude and well-being are said aloud. The smoke is traditionally fanned by hand or using a feather (eagle feathers are treasured for this) and directed over a person or throughout a living space. The purpose is to wash away impurities, sadness, anxieties, dark thoughts and any unwanted energies or emotions that may be clinging to a space or individual. This is often done before a ceremony, after an argument (to literally “clear the air”), when moving into a new home and at the end of the cold season to re-invigorate one’s living space, to name a few.

There is deep symbolism that underlies each of the objects used in a typical smudge. First and foremost, the materials involved symbolize and honor one of the four elements, a central theme in many Native American rites. It is also important to hold pure and focused intention while you perform a smudging.

You will need a sea shell or a clay bowl, cleansing herbs of your choice (white sage, lavender, rose petals), a feather and a long lighter. You can use loose herb or smudging sticks.

The shell or clay bowl represents water
The herbs and resins represent the earth
The feather and wind it creates represent air
The flame used to ignite the herbs represents fire

Smudging yourself and others

If using loose herbs, gently separate any stems or buds from the leaves of your dried herbs (only the leaves or blades are used in this process). Then place the leaves into your smudging bowl or sea shell. If you are inside, open the windows in the space you are in, creating a flow of air from outside. Light the herbs and let them flame for 20 to 30 seconds before sweeping your hand above them to extinguish any fire (do not blow them out as you will scatter ashes and also your energy is blowing into the bowl). Smoke steadily rising from the smoldering herbs shows they are ready to smudge.

It is customary to smudge yourself first before moving on to others and the surrounding space. Using your cupped hand, draw the smoke around you. Starting from the top, bring the smoke over and around your head, down your torso, all the way to your feet (be sure to smudge the bottom of your feet also).

Smudging your home

Go clockwise around your house (usually starting at the front door), and gently wave the smoke into the air. Spend a bit more time smudging the room corners, as they tend to accumulate stagnant energy. Be sure to also open the closet doors and carefully smudge inside. Do not forget about spaces such as the laundry room, the garage or the basement. Be aware of your breathing and watch carefully how the smoke behaves and flows around specific people and objects. When it puffs thick, there is lots of negativity caught in that energy. When it gently spreads out, the smoke is purifying the area or object versus cleansing.

Once you have finished smudging, tradition tells the ashes of the spent herb should be brought outside and returned to the soil. Many tribes believe that the charred residue carries its own energy and must be given back to the earth.

Some ideal (or necessary) times to smudge your aura and/or space would be:

When you move into a new living space
When you begin a new job or start your own business
Before and after a guest enters your home
Before and after a yoga or healing session
Before meditation
After an argument or any illness
Upon returning home from crowded situations

Magic is the use of natural energies to bring about needed change. Listed here are some herbs and their associations.

PROTECTION FROM EVIL: Vetivert, bold leaves, mandrake root, garlic, snake head, gilead buds (balm of), stone root, basil leaves, bay leaves, asafoetida, quince seeds, lucky hand root, five-finger grass, dragon’s blood reed, blood-root, brimstone, frankincense, high John the conqueror root, sacred bark, Saint John’s wort, African ginger root, black cohosh, grape-vine, fern, rattlesnake root, plant of peace, wolf bane root, caraway seed.

CURSING: Balmony root, blueberry, cruel man of the woods, Guinea pepper, knot grass, black mustard seed, pepper tree leaves, poke root, poppy seed, rue, tormentillia, twich’s grass, valerian, wormwood, chicory root, flaxseed, jimson weed, mullein, red chincona bark, skunk cabbage root, yohimbee root, pepperwort.

PSYCHIC and SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT: Five-Finger grass, anise seed, burning bush, celery seed, lemon balm, gotu kola, mugwort, acacia, marjoram, parsley, cinnamon, mint, thyme, sage, rosemary, frankincense, bethel root, buchu leaves, bugle weed, calendula flowers, eye bright herb.

Credited Sources: Psychic Susan Z


3 thoughts on “How to Cleanse Your Living Space 

  1. Peggy Smith says:

    hey Im native american and I dont think you should use sage & sweetgrass in your cleansing,its a sacred medicine and shouldn’t be mixed with other sorts of things,should be respected by native american culture thank you!

  2. Jane says:

    It would appear that sage and sweetgrass are sacred to the Wiccan culture as well and are certainly not meant in a disrespectful manner to anyone, Native American or otherwise. Surely, the Native American culture does not hold a monopoly on the use of sage and sweetgrass. As a Christian with a healthy respect for all other schools of belief and worship, I am more than willing to share my faith’s sacred frankincense with those who perpetuate good in a society that is all too often anything but. We need more kind, spiritually cleansed people such as Wiccans in any culture…..and that should be respected by everyone. Thank You!

  3. Lisa says:

    Peggy, I am also Native American and yes..the herbs should be highly respected. What I’m understanding though, is they do respect the art of cleansing the atmosphere and it is not only used by our culture. The herbs most commonly used in a smudge stick are: sage, cedar, sweet grass and lavender, so obviously they would use this during their cleansing of their homes. No offense at all ma’am. I am just making a statement. Native Americans are not the only culture to use herbs in cleansing. Africans, Chinese and such, do as well.

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