Your home is your haven, your safe space. The place you can totally relax, unhook your bra and chuck on those comfy pants after a long day, right?
Now surface level cleansing of our homes is of course super important, sorting, de cluttering, deep cleaning etc. Making your space open to natural light, fresh air and welcoming tones.
But what about the energy of our space? Are there lingering negative energetic residues in your house, causing a low vibration? I find this often to be the case. Getting in the habit of removing the negative, chaotic energy that surrounds you could make your space feel lighter, brighter, and more creative.
Cleansing of your home should be used in the following instances:
+ When moving into a new home
+ After an argument in the home
+ When you or your family are having recurrent disturbed sleep/nightmares
+ Unusual activity in the home during the night
+ After you or your family members have been sick
+ During any major life transition (think new partner, job, baby etc)
+ Following heartbreak or loss
The clearing techniques below aid in clearing and moving the negative energy, to make way for fresh new energy, yay! I'm super passionate at removing the 'woo woo' nature surrounding the below techniques, to make them practical and relatable.
+ Sage smudge your house
This is my number one go-to method! I use a sage stick with a combination of white sage and juniper. White sage acts as a cleanser and purifier, the juniper attracts and enhances the positive energy already there, and is a powerful aura detoxifier when used regularly. Juniper brightens and energises the etheric body and infuses harmony into your sacred space.
How to use a smudge stick?
Open all windows and doors to your house prior to smudging. Standing outside of the main entrance to the house, hold your smudge wand over a plate or ‘catching’ surface. Light the top end of the smudge wand, wait a moment, and then blow out the flames. Work your way clockwise around the house, ensuring that the smoke reaches all corners, cupboards and nooks. Fan the embers lightly to keep the smudge wand smouldering (may need to be re-lit). Once finished, ensure that the smudge wand is put out properly and thank your guides and the Universe for helping you cleanse your space.
You can buy these easily from most crystal shops.
+ Get the salt out of the kitchen!
Salt has been used for many years as a preserver and steriliser - and also clears negative energy! Have a couple of salt lamps scattered around the home.
How do they help? Salt contains almost all trace elements, especially iodine. Iodine is the one that enriches the environment with negative ions, which are found mostly in natural habitats (mountain, forest). In urban settings, there is an excess of positive atoms in the air molecules, which is detrimental to our health. Salt lamps emit negative ions both day and night, which stick to the positive (those who have lost their oxygen molecules) and neutralise them.
+Burn incense or Palo Santo:
Palo Santo (also known as holy wood) is a beautifully fragranced wood with its smoke used to harnesses the positive energy already there while restoring tranquility and calm in the space and into your aura. It also has wonderful calming properties making it great for smudging around your sleeping area.
Frankincense is also a great alternative to palo santo, providing similar benefits.
+ Use cleansing and protective crystals
Now as you may already know, I am definitely a massive crystal fan! Crystals have a powerful effect on your personal energy, but they can also transform the energy of your home. Placing crystals in the home raises the vibration and fills your space with positive energy.
Useful crystals for the home to clear negative energy are black tourmaline and hematite. If you wanted to go all out and create an awesome balancing crystal haven, here are some suggestions!
Jade by the door to promote abundance
Amethyst by the bed as it supports calm, balance, and peaceful energies
Rose quartz in the kitchen - it has serious healing and nurturing energy, so it can help you become the master chef behind some serious soul food!
Clear quartz in the bathroom to support confidence and self-love in the bathroom.
Citrine in the study to boost your concentration, focus and mental stamina
Obsidian in the children's rooms - protective stones can help ward off the nightmares, fears, or anxieties that might haunt little ones at nighttime.
Amber in the living room as it brings positivity, purifies the space, and also brings in a splash of romance.
+ Give the space a fresh scent
I love the use of lemons and natural scents to give the space a boost. The more positive and fresh vibes you introduce, the less space there is for negative energy to accumulate. Try using a lemon natural cleaning spray, or use an essential oil diffuser with sage, lavender, and frankincense essential oils, which are great at dissolving negativity.
+ Have someone come in to clear the home
If you are finding that the above techniques aren't having the effect you'd like, it might be worth having someone come to your home and give it a good once over! Home cleansers use a combination of the above, plus extra practices to shift that negative energy that just doesn't want to budge including Reiki Energy symbols and clearing. Get in touch if this is something you would like more info on.
So...Time to get cleansing! I often find our outer world reflect our inner worlds. If we can bring some extra light and joy into our homes, that can have a profound effect on our inner wellness and mental wellbeing.