DIY Energy Cleansing Ritual Kit


January 13, 2020

Alisha Christensen

What is an energy cleansing ritual kit and how do you make one? 

rit·u·al : a custom arising from convention or habit.

If you saw my post on ways to clear your energy then you know there are a lot of different ways to do this! One of the most common ways to clear energy is by smudging.

What is smudging

“Sacred smoke created from burning medicinal or sacred plants is an aspect of many cultures and religions the world over.”

Indigenous Corporate Training, Inc. 

Smudging is used to cleanse negative energy from people or places. This video is a beautiful explanation of traditional smudging by members of the Anishinaabe people: 

Plants for smudging

“It’s important to know that all plants are sacred, not just sage! Each plant carries its own magical properties and benefits, and you can pick one to resonate with your specific intention. If you’re feeling drawn to a specific type of smudge, trust your intuition – your spirit knows what it needs.”

Sage Goddess 

Traditional plants used for smudging vary by culture and region. And while you can get plants from nearly every region now, traditionally plants were picked by the person who was going to be using it (watch the video if you haven’t already!)

Every plant is sacred and has magical properties. I usually only use Palo Santo, but here are some common favorites and an intention to go along with each: 

  • Palo santo: protection, cleansing, love | I release negativity and replace it with loving protection around me. I use this pretty much any time someone comes to or leaves my house and before I start work for the day. 
  • Lavender: soothing and healing | I release negativity and replace it with calm and healing.
  • Patchouli: grounding and interestingly associated with money (source) | I release negativity and connect back to myself. 
  • Cedarwood: divine love + purpose | I release negativity and find my path.
  • Juniper: boundaries + acceptance + dreamwork | I release negativity and create healthy boundaries in my life. 
  • Rosemary: clarity + peace of mind + protection (was once believed to ward off evil spirits) | I release negativity and in its place find clarity.

(ps. If you don’t have these plants, you can use the essential oil in a diffuser instead)

DIY energy cleansing ritual kit.

Amongst the European peasant cultures smokes and smudges often had more practical applications in the sacred ordinary to ensure the clearing of parasites and bugs from domestic animals and to clear ‘bad air’. Fumigation by smoke would also have been performed as a medicinal practice. In France rosemary and thyme were burned in hospitals as a way of keeping the air clean and preventing contagion. 

Nikki Darrell, Network Ireland

Try learning about plants in your area or from your ancestral heritage! You can read what I think about the cultural appropriation of plants here

DIY Energy cleansing ritual kit

You may have seen cleansing kits in stores like Anthropologie and Free People, and while you don’t need an energy cleansing ritual kit, they can make a sacred, meaningful gift and it’s easy to have everything in one spot.

There are four elements involved in a smudge:

The container, traditionally a shell representing water, is the first element.

The four sacred plants (cedarsagesweetgrasstobacco), gifts from mother earth, represent the second element.

The fire produced from lighting the sacred plants represents the third element.

The smoke produced from the fire represents air, the fourth element.

Indigenous Corporate Training, Inc.

DIY Energy Cleansing Ritual Kit

You’ll need: 

  • Your plants. You can store these in spice jars or in containers like these with this stand
  • A container to burn your herbs in; a stone bowl (sometimes called a smudge pot) or a shell to represent the water element
  • Optional: a feather to direct the smoke. I most often use my hands, but I also have a guinea fowl feather that was given to me by a friend.
  • Set your intention and light your plants ♥