Article by Angie Webster
Clearing and purifying your home, your healing space and your aura regularly is an energetic necessity for maintaining your well-being. This is especially true when you are working with others on a regular basis or if you are highly sensitive or empathic. Burning sage or incense is one of the most popular methods of quickly and effectively clearing old, stagnant or negative energy and had been my preferred method until recently. Then I began developing a dislike for the smell of burning sage and soon after that, my sinuses and lungs would become irritated after I saged the house. My body needed me to find another method of quickly clearing energy.
There are many tools that the Earth offers us to help clear energy and different ways that we can use them. Burning flowers, leaves and essences or oils (as in incense) makes use of the fire element to release the purifying energy in the flowers, leaves or oils and this is very effective as the smoke carries the energy to many regions, cleansing as it goes. Fire is also very cleansing, so making use of this element to ignite the flowers, leaves or oils is beneficial.
However, we can make use of other elements to cleanse our auras and our homes. Water is a very useful element for cleansing, and we use it every time we bathe, shower or clean our home. To make use of the water element as an intentional purification and clearing spray, we need to prepare in advance by adding the other Earth elements we wish to use to offer cleansing and purification. Always use purified or distilled water, since you only want to add the purest possible energy for this purpose. Adding sea salt boosts the purifying effects, since sea salt is very cleansing and is also grounding. You can be creative in choosing herbs, flowers, flower essences and essential oils that you feel intuitively guided to or attracted to. There are many that have the properties of anointing, purification or cleansing.
I like to add Bach’s Rescue Remedy to my Purification Spray. It is a flower essence and it has an overall uplifting, cleansing and healing effect. I also like to add up to 6 drops of essential oils. Lemon oil, frankincense, lavender, rose, clary sage, patchouli, jasmine, tea tree and cedar wood oil are all good options. You can also choose a blend that has some of these in it. Dry or fresh herbs such as sage, thyme, rosemary and basil are all useful. The leaves, flowers and stem of the lavender is useful to add, as is dried lavender. You may add dried rose petals or other dried or fresh flower petals, as flower energy is always uplifting and dispels negative energy. (It is useful to keep a bouquet of flowers and some potted plants and herbs to generally uplift the energy in your home!)
The recipe below can be used as spray to cleanse your aura or to purify and cleanse your home or healing space. You can also use it to cleanse your crystals after use in a healing session. I now use this in place of burning sage or a smudge stick.
Purification and Cleansing Spray:
2, 4 ounce glass or metal spray bottles
8 ounces of very warm, but not hot purified or distilled water
1 Tablespoon alcohol (unflavored vodka) or witch hazel, to preserve
1 Tablespoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon dried rosemary or 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon dried sage leaf or 2-3 fresh sage leaves
Pinch of dried basil or 1-2 fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon dried lavender or small spring of fresh lavender
1 teaspoon dried rose petals
4 drops essential oils
3 droppers of Rescue Remedy (optional)
◊ Steep all ingredients in the warm, distilled or purified water for 20 minutes. Stir.
◊ Line a sieve with a piece of cheesecloth or a paper towel and place it over a bowl. Pour the mixture through to strain and let it drain into the bowl.
◊ Pour into the spray bottles and place the lids on them. Label them.
◊ If you like, place several crystals around the bottles for a few hours so that the spray becomes charged with the added energy of the crystals. Make sure to give Reiki for to your spray for a few minutes, as well!
◊ Shake well before using each time.
Spray into your aura, all around your body to cleanse the aura. Spray around your home or healing space to clear negative energy, making sure to spray corners, closets and doorways, and areas of particular density or negativity. Any area where there is a lot of traffic or lots of electronic equipment use should be sprayed often. Do not spray directly on electronic equipment! You will probably use this spray frequently, but make sure to use it all within about a month. It is all natural and everything natural eventually begins to decompose and turn stale.
Remember, you can also use Reiki to cleanse your aura and any space, alone or with another method.
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).