Your home may be one of the most important things for you to cleanse. Our homes are such a central part of our lives, we spend some of the most vital parts of our day in our homes trying to rest, recuperate, and grow as people and this means that the energy in the home is incredibly important to our wellbeing. Add to this the fact that homes are very likely to pick up and hold onto errant energies. Anything from random energy dragged in off the street to a guests bad mood or an argument with a loved one can cause the energy to become stagnant and heavy.
Homes also have a tendency to develop imprints, areas where actions have been repeated so frequently that they’ve created a sort of energetic rut. Do you always get into fights in the same room? Are there rooms in your home that you don’t like or that you subconsciously avoid? You’ve likely got an imprint causing that pattern to repeat itself.
Spirits can also be problems in homes, especially for people living in older homes or those who have a tendency to end up with spiritual strays.
Home cleansing is an excellent way to clear up all of these issues and, if performed regularly, it can prevent them from forming in the first place.
This incense ritual can stand alone but is better followed by the washing phase as well. If you’re in a hurry or need a touch up between weekly cleansing just performing the incense cleansing works well.
While sage is a very popular choice, it is not my go to. Its cleansing properties are weak, sage is mostly good for consecration and preparing objects for spiritual work. Below are my preferred incenses for cleansing, these all work far better in my opinion.
Cedar - Highly cleansing. Brings clarity to the mind and clears negativity.
Copal - Highly cleansing. Very protective and good for exorcism and consecration.
Dragon’s blood - Good for general cleansing and banishing. A lot of the dragon’s blood sold is fake perfume, make sure you’re getting the real thing, most likely as a resin.
Frankincense - Brings peace, calm, and clears spirits that aren’t aggressive. Good for psychic work.
Lavender - Mild cleanser, mood lifter, good for love and peace.
Myrrh - Highly cleansing. Good for getting rid of spells, curses, hexes and heavy emotions like grief (this one is a good choice for those with depression)
Nag Champa - Brings peace and clarity.
Palo Santo - Highly cleansing. All around useful, very protective, removes spirits, releases emotions and unwanted thoughts and brings luck.
Pine Needles - Highly cleansing. Good for ridding yourself of negative energy and intentions.
Tobacco - Moderately cleansing. Protective, helps to create a bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. Use looseleaf organic tobacco.
Basic cleanser - Epsom salt, parsley, sage, and lemon.
For cooling volatile emotions - 1 tablespoon of powdered turmeric per 1 quart of water. Mix and let it sit in the sun.
Gentle cleansing, brings peace and harmony to a house - Place roses in a bowl of water at noon and let them sit in the sun for a few hours. Try to use roses that have not been chemically treated, grown on your own property is a best.