Herbs for Sacred Cleansing and Clearing
Sacred Cleansing and Clearing Herbs
by Andrew Pacholyk, MS L.Ac
Traditionally, herbs have been used for cleansing for centuries. These herbs can be utilized when dry, for creating a sense of purity, renewal and divine clearing!
Simply light a bit of these herbs and waft the smoke around an area you wish to clear of unwanted scents, negative energy or to simply start a new day with.
Using a natural receptor such as a sea shell, abalone shell or crystal bowl can be a place to place your herbs after you are done using them.
Sweet Grass has the most sacred usage’s of all the purification herbs. It is a seasonal plant and grows only in certain places. Sweet grass is used primarily for the blessing of one’s self.
It is placed in a shell or a bowl and burned, similar to incense. The smoke gives forth a very pleasant smell. When people engage in the ceremony of blessing ones self, he/she holds the bowl of burning herb and slowly moves it around in a continuous circle surrounding the body from head to foot with swirling smoke. Sweet Grass is often used for purification during sweat lodge ceremonies.
It is used for smudging “(blessing-down)” and cleansing our homes, protecting them from evil spirits. It is also used to purify all of our sacred prayer instruments.
Medicinally, it is used as a portion of a combination of other herbs in a special formulated “medicine tea” which flushes the impurities out of the body.