If you’re an empath like I am, you’re very sensitive to energy. You automatically sense other people’s emotions and their vibes, but also those of spaces. Even when you try to shield yourself from external energies, they will still affect you in some way. It is therefore very important to have a home that is free of negative energies; a safe space where you can always come back to, a place to recharge and feel completely at ease. Aside from physically cleaning your house, it is also a good idea to energetically clear your home.
6 ways to energetically clear your home
I recently moved into a new house. The first thing I did when I got the key? I cleaned the entire place. Then I invited over one of my best friends, who happens to be a Cuban reiki practitioner with a lot of knowledge about spiritual and energetic cleansing. He helped me to clear out any residual energies from the previous occupants and transform my new house to a happy home with nothing but positive vibes. Read on to find out how you can energetically clear your home…
#1. Sage or palo santo
One of the oldest and most commonly used methods to energetically clear your home is by burning sage or palo santo. Don’t just light a stick and lie down on the sofa, though – if you want it to be effective, you should set an intention while lighting it. Once the stick is lit, slowly make your way through the space while guiding the smoke. Don’t forget to air out the rooms!
#2. African basil
This method was new to me, but I’d definitely recommend it. African basil is stronger than regular basil and makes your place smell nice and fresh. It is known as an excellent mosquito repellent and chewing on the leaves is a great way to get rid of bad breath and oral problems. Apparently, the plant also has very powerful cleansing properties; it is said to absorb any negative energies in a space. Take a bunch of fresh branches and put them in a vase or bottle with water. Check on them daily; once the leaves start to welt, throw them away (preferably outside).
My Cuban friend explained to me that one should never enter a new home without bringing a gift. He brought a fresh coconut and placed it on the floor, right by the front door. When he noticed my confused look, he explained that the coconut is able to absorb negativity. He told me to leave the coconut where it was for seven days and not to touch it. When he came back a week later, he took the coconut outside. Once at an adequate distance from the house, he threw it on the ground, splitting it and releasing any absorbed negativity. Apparently splitting the shell is important for this ritual; if it doesn’t split, you have to repeat the ritual with a new coconut.
As you may know, salt was and is still used to desinfect a lot of things. It can also be used to energetically clear your home. We used Himalayan salt (the pink stuff) but apparently plain sea salt does the trick as well. Take a handful and slowly walk along the walls of each room, sprinkling a little in every corner and along the entrance of your home. Again, it is most effective when you do this mindfully and with intention. After a day (or longer if it is a new home), sweep up all the salt and throw it away. Be careful when you have pets walking around though; cats may find salt to be a tasty snack, but it is very bad for them! If you’d rather not expose your pets to salt, getting a Himalayan salt lamp is an excellent alternative.
#5. Black tourmaline
I already knew about the powerful properties of black tourmaline; I wear a stone on a necklace as a way to absorb negative energy and radiation. But you can also use black tourmaline to energetically clear your home by strategically placing the stones around your house. Do not worry if a stone breaks or falls – this means the black tourmaline was doing its job!
The last way to energetically clear your home might just be the easiest: just open your windows. Even if you don’t really believe in energetic cleansing or even negative energies for that matter, you can’t deny that letting in some fresh air is a fool proof way to make your house smell and feel better – and a little more like home.
Also check out our tips on how to create a mindful home office!