Use these mystical, sacred herbs to cleanse you and your space.

Energy feeling stuck? Need a refresh? If you’ve been feeling tired, uninspired, or just ‘off’ in general, chances are you and your space could use a good energy clearing. When energy is blocked, we are blocked. Cleansing yourself and your space with these healing herbs can have a transformative effect and will leave you feeling reset and fresh.

Here’s our top three herbs to cleanse and clear unwanted energy. Set an intention, grab a lighter, and get burning.

White Sage

While white sage has gained popularity the past few years in crystal shops, yoga studios, meditation centres and the like, burning the herb for its energetic cleansing properties is nothing new. White sage is a sacred herb that has been used for centuries from as early as the Babylonians to the Ancient Greeks, Chinese, and to indigenous tribes in North and South America, who use it in their smudging ceremonies. Shamans were and still are known to use it in their rituals to call upon ancestral spirits.

What it does:

  • Clears energetic field of a space or person of negativity, dark/evil energy, conflict, anger, illness, and bacteria
  • Calms the mind and reduces stress and anxiety, promotes relaxation
  • Balances the chakras
  • Cleanses emotional trauma
  • Promotes connection to higher self/spirit

How and when to use it:

Burn either a bundle or loose leaves when you’ve moved into a new apartment/house or bought a new car, allowing the smoke to move through the air to cleanse any lingering energies from previous tenants or spirits. Be sure to get into corners, nooks, and crannies. Alternatively, if you’ve just purchased or been gifted a new crystal (whether that’s a stone itself or in the form of jewelry like a pendant or a mala), pass it through the smoke before setting your intention on how you want it to serve you. You can also use it prior or during your yoga and meditation practice to promote spiritual connectedness or move the smoke over the body (the 7 chakras) to ground yourself after period of uncertainty or turmoil. Great to do this after you’ve been traveling for a while.

Palo Santo

After you’ve sage’d your space, burn Palo Santo for prosperity, overall wellness, and good vibes. Translating to “Holy Wood” in Spanish, Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and is part of the Frankincense family.

What it does:

  • Grounds and protects, wards off negative energies
  • Inspires creativity and imagination
  • Promotes blessings, love, and good fortune
  • Calms immune and nervous systems
  • Traditionally, the herb was also used for relieving common illnesses like the flu, inflammation, asthma, headaches, depression, and anxiety

How and when to use it:

Light the Palo Santo stick and allow it to burn for about 30 seconds before gently blowing out the flame, keeping an intention in your mind, i.e., “Let this smoke bring me prosperity and positivity.” You can do this after your yoga/meditation practice, before an important exam or first date, first thing in the morning before starting your day, or whenever you’re inspired to bring a little light and magic into your day. Bonus: Palo Santo also makes for a fantastic natural insect repellant, so try burning a few sticks in your gazebo this summer to keep the pesky mosquitos at bay.

Rosemary

Rosemary, while most commonly known as an aromatic ingredient to add to soups, stews, roasts, etc., also has a number of health and spiritual benefits. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like vitamin A and C, magnesium, calcium, caffeic acid, and has similar energetic properties to white sage if you’re looking for an alternative to sage or palo santo. When dried, rosemary is particularly useful in rituals and when doing energy and magickal work.

What it does:

  • Reduces inflammation, promotes hair growth, enhances brain function, detoxes liver, balances hormones, boosts immunity, aids digestion, aids male infertility
  • Enhances memory and concentration
  • Cleanses and purifies, repels negative energy

How and when to use it:

Make a rosemary bundle by tying a handful of fresh rosemary together with twine and let it dry out for a few weeks. Burn it to cleanse yourself and your space as you would with white sage or palo santo. Alternatively, try a rosemary bath: place the leaves into a bag made of muslin, cheesecloth or fine mesh and toss it into your bath for a purifying and relaxing way to end the night. You can also place some rosemary sprigs under your pillow to ward off nightmares, have more vivid dreams, and sleep well through the night.

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