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5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Home from Negative Energy

We live in a world full of great demands, high stress and uncertainty. Often, we see people talking about the importance of self-care to rid ourselves of the negativity that we’ve encountered throughout the day, but what about your ‘safe space’? What about your home? Today I’m going to share 5 simple ways to protect your home from negative energy, creating your personal sanctuary.

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There is no denying the fact that 2020 was a year full of negative energy, challenging us in ways that most never would have imagined. While we had hoped that 2021 would bring the fresh start that we all desired, many continue to struggle with the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty.

When there are significant negative forces at work in the world around us, it can be difficult to prevent it from infecting our homes. This can quickly transform your living space into a toxic or even unhealthy environment.

With the shift to remote working and remote school, this is amplified. Many families are now facing the combination of work, school and home energies all converging in one location.

While there is no guaranteed way to 100% protect yourself from negative energies, there are steps that you can take to cleanse your space and create a protective barrier for you, your family, and your home.

Below, I am going to share 5 options that I have used at some point in my spiritual journey or am currently using today. However, it is important to note that no two spiritual paths are identical. Trust your gut and pay careful attention to what resonates with you to help you decide on your best solution.  

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Check Out These 5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Home from Negative Energy:

Burn Herbs or Incense for Protection

One of the most common practices for clearing a home of negative or toxic energy is the burning of herbs or incense. This practice, known as smudging, can be traced far back throughout history through the rituals practiced by many indigenous cultures.

The most common herb used for smudging is sage, however, I highly recommend that you consider other options and seek out the right fit for you, your home, and your personal spiritual journey.

There are several common kitchen herbs that have been found to possess protective qualities that you may already have in your home, including basil, dill, rosemary, marjoram, bay leaf and cloves.

Herbs can be bundled up to create smudge bundles, allowing you to handle the herbs as they are burning, moving about your home. They can also be burned loose in a small dish.  

Alternatively, you can burn incense to cleanse and protect your home. Incense options to consider include sandalwood, frankincense, and copal.

Create A Home Protection Herbal Jar

There are many people who are not comfortable with burning herbs or incense inside their home for a variety of reasons. One big concern that I often hear is simply the risks from burning herbs near pets or young children (nobody wants to cause a fire).

Spell jars are a common approach for those who are looking to create protection jars. They allow you to incorporate multiple different herbs, crystals, and elements all in one simple place. If you’re looking to make a statement piece in your home, create a larger protection jar. Not interested in your protection spell being so obvious? Opt for something smaller.

The great thing about working with protection jars is that you have the ability to completely customize what you put in it. Take some time to meditate over this, allowing your intuition to help guide you in selecting the right options to include. There is no ‘right’ choice!

Before you fill your jar, take a moment to purify and cleanse it in preparation. This can be done using incense or through cleansing the jar under running water. This will remove any existing negative energies.

Here are some examples of items that you can include:

Don’t forget, there is no ‘right’ answer. Your protection jar should be uniquely yours, a part of your own personal journey. Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Seal the jar with wax when you are finished. The colour of wax/candle that you use for this will also depend on what feels ‘right’ for you. However, black is generally accepted as the colour that will repel negativity and provide protection.

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Keep Black Obsidian in Your Home

There has been a sharp rise in the number of people discussing the use of crystals in their spiritual practices. This is largely driven by the fact that crystals not only empower us and our homes, but they are also a beautiful addition to every space.

But don’t let their beauty fool you!

While there are several different crystals that are known for their protective abilities, a favourite of mine has been the black obsidian. A volcanic glass with a smooth surface and black colour (as the name indicates), this crystal is often referred to as the ‘ultimate protection stone’.

Not only will black obsidian work to create a protective shield around your home or space, but it is also known as the ‘warrior of truth’, helping to protect you from falsehoods, secrets and negative emotions within yourself.

Be prepared for the fact that it works to remove your negative emotions by bringing them to the surface, providing you with the strength to face and release them effectively. For this reason, it may be a little difficult to face in the beginning. Trust the process.

Note: The prospect of facing your deepest secrets and difficult emotions can be difficult. It is often recommended that this be undertaken under the guidance of a qualified healer or therapist. Alternatively, there are gentler forms of obsidian available including gold sheen obsidian, apache tear, and silver sheen obsidian.

Create an Essential Oil Room Spray

There is no denying the fact that essential oils are all the rage right now, with people sharing uses that range from medicinal properties to a better, more relaxed sleep. However, you may not have realized that those same essential oils can be used to protect your home.

Before we go further, I do want to note that not all essential oils are safe for pets. Check out this post I wrote regarding essential oils and pet safety for a list of oils that pet owners should avoid.

If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of burning incense or herbs in your home and you aren’t interested in making a protection herbal jar, essential oils may be the perfect way to enjoy the benefits that these various plants provide.

Fill an 8 oz glass spray bottle with ¾ distilled water (or moon water for added protection), then add approximately 40 drops of essential oil to the mixture. These drops can be exclusively one essential oil, or a mixture of different options depending on your preferences.

Avoid using plastic bottles as undiluted essential oils can break down plastic.

Some great essential oils for clearing negative energy include lavender, eucalyptus, sage, frankincense, peppermint, and rosemary.

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Select House Plants that Absorb Negative Energy

We have often heard that adding houseplants to your home can help to improve your overall mental health and well-being, but have you ever wondered how exactly that works?

Why are plants so effective in promoting better mental health and clarity?

There are a variety of plants that are known to absorb the negative energy around them. Therefore, adding them to your house would mean that they would actually remove the negative energies from the room that they are in. This means that there are fewer negative energies for you to be exposed to in your home on a daily basis.

Some examples of plants that absorb negative energy include:

  • Peace Lily
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Cactus
  • Ivy
  • Eucalyptus
  • Aloe Vera
  • Orchid
  • Bamboo

However, there are many more! Do your energy, follow your gut (your instinct is a powerful tool) and enjoy bringing the peace and tranquility of nature into your home.  

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In what ways do you protect your home from negative energy? Feel free to share your tips, tricks and experiences in the comments!

26 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Home from Negative Energy”

  1. Great post! We often diffuse peppermint essential oil in our home. Though I was not aware it would help with negative energy, but a good reason to keep going with it!

    1. We use peppermint oil a lot for allergies, but have to be careful with it due to the pets. That being said, it has really helped me on multiple levels!

  2. We have a lot of aloe vera and cacti in our house but I hadn’t realised they were good for negative energy, I just keep them because they’re low-maintenance! But I love the sound of a Home Protection Herbal Jar, I’ll have to look more into one of these, thank you, Britt 🙂

    1. It’s the combination of being low maintenance and the benefits that it brings that has always inspired my love for cacti.

  3. This was so interesting Britt. I have some black tourmaline to absorb negativity but I didn’t know about black obsidian. I’d also like to make an essential oil room spray to help remove any negative energy.

    1. I recently purchased a much larger black obsidian and have felt so connected to it since bringing it into our house. It definitely can cause some discomfort as it forces you to deal with things that you have been burying away, however, if you trust the process, you’re better for it in the end!

    1. Yes! There is so much that we don’t tap into simply because we don’t understand what we’re working with.

  4. I had a family member move out a couple of years ago, before I started my blog, but after the death of my best friend. There was a lot of negative energy left in that bedroom, and I had to get rid of it because it was something I felt every time I walked in there. So I gutted the entire room, meaning I tore up the carpet, re-did the walls, and hung curtains that had belonged to my best friend. So it became my space. Then I burnt a mixture of sage and bay leaves in an empty tuna fish can that I rinsed out. It definitely works! Protecting our energy is something I wholeheartedly agree with, because there is way too much negativity going on, and not everyone wants the best for us. It seems we have no choice but to protect our energy. I’ll have to try some of your other tips, but I know your tip about burning herbs does work wonderfully.

    1. We did something similar when we moved into this house. Not that there was any specific person whose energy we wanted to get rid of, but it’s an older house so the odds that there was some lingering negativity was high.

    1. I can’t imagine not having a single houseplant around the house – it’s such a simple way to add some positivity to your life.

  5. Subhashish Roy

    Wonderful post. Loved it. I have always believed that negative energy exists and one needs to accept and get rid of it. Three out of five we currently use. Going to try out the other two.

    1. I find that I feel a significant difference in our house when I slack off on my efforts in terms of addressing negative energy. It really can have a significant impact on your mental health among other areas of your life.

  6. This post is absolutely amazing and perfectly timed too. I have been looking for ideas to rid negativity so will be trying some of these out x

    1. I’m glad to hear that the timing was right for you! I think we’re all struggling a little with extra negativity in our lives as of late.

  7. I especially like the obsidian and plant ideas. I’ve always been fascinated with stones and their various properties and have a small stone collection back in Switzerland.
    It’s funny, but I actually have three small Aloe Vera plants. I got them from a neighbour, but it’s great to know they also absorb negative energy.

    1. I have always been fascinated with stones as well, but really started to get into it and explore them all more over the last couple of years.

  8. I have several house plants! I think they really help lighten up the space and generally make it feel more like a home. Great post!

    1. Yes, I am a HUGE fan of houseplants. Although, we have to be a little careful about what we bring into our house due to the fact that our one cat loves to destroy them, dig in the pots, rip leaves off and knock them over. We’re sticking with pet-friendly plants around here.

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