How and why you should metaphysically cleanse regularly.

If your an empath like me, regular metaphysical cleansing, or smudging, is a must.

Even if you’re mot an empath, ridding yourself of negative energy is a great thing to do regularly. I’m a big advocate for self love/care and I would say metaphysical cleansing is one of the top ten things you can do for yourself.

Why you should cleanse:

There are many reasons you should do a metaphysical cleanse. If you buy a new car, rent/buy a new house, or just feel bad vibes in any of your spaces, then you should smudge. I recently had an experience with an unknown energy and it made me slightly uneasy, so I did a cleanse of my whole house.

Metaphysical cleansing is a clearing of any and all unwanted energy. Even if you’re just feeling sluggish, or you feel you aren’t as in-tune with your higher self it’s a good idea to cleanse. You can cleanse before you do a tarot or oracle reading (although I don’t recommend doing it every time), before meditation, and I always recommend cleansing your crystals before working with them. This rids them of previous energy (even if it was set for you).

How to cleanse your things:

Cleansing is really a quite simple and can be quite personal. If you’re cleansing crystals or just an object that you feel has negative energy, simply light sage or incense, or whatever medium you’re using really, and pass the object thru the smoke. If the object is bigger simply pass the smoke around the item. While doing this you want to think positive thoughts.

Your mindset while smudging is super important. You can find prayers online that you can repeat while cleansing but the most important thing is just intent. When I smudge I repeat whatever positive thoughts come to my mind.

Sage, Palo Santo and a cleansing essential oil spray

How to cleanse your space:

While cleansing my house the first thing I do is crack open a window! More often then not I open up as many doors and windows as I can. The reason I do this is because I want all of the negativity to escape rather than just moving to different areas of my house.

After my house is opened up I light my sage wand and let it get a  nice smolder. I like to place my sage wand in an abalone shell which i set on a naturally shed antler. I feel the symbolism of all four elements to help me in my intentions. The antler represents earth, or if you’s like you can place crystals in your shell to represent earth. The shell represents water, it’s also fire resistant so it’s ideal for placing your wand in while it’s smoldering. The fire is represented in the smolder of the sage and air is represented in the smoke.

While my sage is smoldering I use a fan and walk around my whole entire house. I would suggest starting in whatever room you feel called to, making sure to get the smoke into all your corners and around every opening in your house. Don’t worry if you realize after the fact that you missed a certain area. You will instinctively know what areas of your house need smudging and which don’t. Once you are finished with every room of your house that you are called to, you can let your sage burn for a little while if you’d like, and then put it out in some water and let it dry for your next use. I personally like to bury the ashes outside versus just throwing them away as part of my ritual.

Different cleansing tools

There are many different things you can use to metaphysically use to cleanse your space. My favorites are sage, palo santo, and a cleansing spray I make of the essential oils clary sage, purify blend, and lemongrass. Some other options you can use are:

  • Cedar- Is used for calming, comforting. purifying and protecting.
  • Juniper- Used for centering, clarity, cleansing, and focus.
  • Lemongrass- Is refreshing, good for communication and calming.
  • Pine- Cleansing, renewal, and strengthening.
  • Sage- Cleansing, balancing, banishes negativity, and strengthening.
  • Sweet grass- Calls for ancestral and spirit helpers and ancient wisdom.

These are just a few mediums that you can use. There are many more! The biggest thing to remember is that there is no wrong way to do this. Use whatever tools you feel called to, focus on positive intent, and feel the cleansing and resetting benefits of smudging!

My name is Ashley Rose (a.Rose).  I have made it my life goal to teach women how to bring out their inner child, become in tune with the feminine goddess they are, and learn to love themselves unconditionally. I teach about holistic tools and mindset to assist on that beautiful journey. For any questions or comments email me at:



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