Sage to Clear Your Home April 18, 2017 14:18



Make your spring cleaning spiritual with this sacred and energetic ritual.

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For thousands of years, cultures around the world have believed that a person's energy is like perfume—once you come in contact with someone else's vibes, good or bad, they tend to linger for a while.

And just like a date's overpowering cologne might require a hot shower to remove, the best way to rid your space of any negativity you've inadvertently tracked home is through a cleansing ritual called smudging.

Even if you're unfamiliar with the ancient practice, you've probably seen smudge sticks—you know, those fat, leafy bundles of sage that are popping up in just about every cool wellness girl's Instagram account. Many believe this potent plant has the power to shift energy into a calmer, happier state.

1. Gather your supplies

First thing's first: The sage you'll use for smudging isn't the kind you pick up in the produce section of Costco. Instead, stock up on sticks or loose leaves of dried ceremonial white sage. (Palo santo, a sacred Peruvian wood, and copal resin incense also do the trick.)

2. Get your smudge on

Before lighting up, Harrsen says you should do a quick lap through your home and remove any excess clutter. (She likes to smudge at sunrise, but really, any time works.) "Open all windows, closets, and doors in your home," she says. "Visit each room and ring a bell to awaken the energy present."

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3. After the smoke clears

"Once we've cleansed a space, the energy often neutralizes," says Harrsen. "At this moment, it's important to fill the space with the energy of love." She recommends bringing in some fresh rose petals or spraying rose water . (One advanced tactic: mopping the floors with rose tea. Renters, proceed with caution.)