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Shit You’ll Need:

  • Something to burn. I like to use a blend of cedar and sage, sometimes rosemary. Sage and lavender is another good one, and well and straight rosemary or cedar on its own. If you’d prefer, you can also use incense.
  • Something to burn it in. If you’re using a bundle, this isn’t necessary—but beware of falling ash and embers. If you’re using powder, you’ll need a heat resistant vessel. Cast iron is good. Shells are also widely used. Filling the bottom with sand will also help to keep the vessel from getting too hot and burning you or any surface it might rest on. 
  • Something to fan the smoke with. (optional) Some people like to use a feather to fan the smoke around with. You could also use a hand fan or a whisk-broom. 

Step One – Open your doors and windows if possible. This smoke can be harmful to pets and people in excess, so you want to keep air moving in the area. You’ll also want to make sure that whatever you’re burning is safe for the people with allergies around you. If you’re in an apartment complex or college dorm, there may be rules about burning incense and herbs for this reason, so be sure to check and follow those. 

Step Two – Give your room/house a good physical cleaning. Make sure the floors are swept and mopped, there’s nothing lurking under the beds.

Step Three – Light your herbs or incense in the center of the room, and start the cleansing by sweeping the smoke over yourself. You may want to include prayers when you do this. 

Step Four – Cleanse the room. Many traditions will dictate which direction you should begin in, or the direction in which you should move. Check to see if there’s a preferred way for your path. 

Step Five – Let the herbs or incense burn down and scatter the ashes on the wind. Again, check your tradition/path for a preferred direction.

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