The abalone shell with its beautiful iridescent interior has been used for centuries for burning smudge. When not in use it also makes a natural decorative accent piece. Abalone Shell that is used to hold your smouldering sage leaves. Abalone shells (aka Paua or Mother of Pearl) are often used in smudging rituals to hold the burning sage, but mainly because they are a beautiful gift straight from Mother Earth’s ocean. These beautiful, iridescent shells hold the energy of the ocean and bring a strong calming and healing energy, allowing you to remain connected to the sea - even when you are landlocked. Including abalone shells in your smudging rituals means you are incorporating all four of the earth’s elements: the shell (WATER), the smoke (AIR), the unlit herbs (EARTH), and the lit herbs (FIRE). By incorporating all of these elements into your smudging ritual, you’re inviting Mother Earth (or Mama Gaia) to be the focus of your ceremony. It is here, in the space created by Her, that transformations and manifestations have room to occur.
To cleanse using Sage, start by opening all doors and windows. Burn the stick or small pile of loose leaves in an abalone shell or heat proof receptacle. Start the cleanse from the entrance carrying on from each room. Put a lot of focus in areas that feel heavy. Crystals also pick up energy around them constantly, you can and should cleanse crystals before setting an intention. To cleanse a crystal, fully enfold it in smoke of the holy plant. Then set your intention for that particular crystal. Repeat when your space or crystals are feeling dull and heavy again.