10 Quick + Simple Ways to Clear Toxic Energy from Your Home

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration"   - Nikola Tesla  


Everything is made of energy. This isn't a New Age tag line, rather it's a scientifically proven explanation of what is at the core of existence. Your body, home and everything contained inside that home, the plants and animals you see outside your window (and yes your window too!), the wind blowing outside, the sunlight shining on your face and even the smell of burnt toast and coffee lingering in your kitchen. Every single one of these is made of energy in varying degrees of vibration. Most importantly, your thoughts and intentions have energy. Knowing all of this, it makes sense that we would want to remove any harmful energies from our lives...starting with our homes. 


Here are 10 simple ways to remove negative energy from your home:

1. Clear clutter - Not only does clutter effect us mentally by creating a distracted mind, it also becomes a sponge for negative energy. Like organizing guru Marie Kondo preaches, if it doesn't serve you or bring you joy, toss it. And if it's essential, give it a proper home. 

2. Houseplants - Plants are amazing! Not only do they create oxygen for us to breathe, they help clean the negative energy in the air by absorbing numerous toxic chemicals in your home including ozone, carbon dioxide and VOC's (volatile organic compounds). VOC's are found in almost everything including plastics, fabrics, pesticides, cigarette smoke, cosmetics, dish detergent, fabric softener and carpet cleaner. Furthermore, studies show that looking at plants lowers systolic blood pressure, pain, anxiety and fatigue. They also help improve concentration, memory and retention by up to 20%. Be on the lookout for my post on plants and why they're amazing!

3. Activated charcoal - The porous structure of the charcoal helps remove bacteria, harmful pollutants and allergens from the air and absorb moisture, preventing mold and mildew by trapping the impurities inside each pore.  Made in the Kishu region of Japan and activated by burning oak branches at extremely high temperatures for several days and then rapidly cooling them. Known as the highest quality activated charcoal for purifying water, Binchotan charcoal can be used to absorb chemicals in tap water, remove toxins from the skin, capture moisture and odors from the air, and stimulate healthy soil in the garden. You can purchase Binchotan charcoal here.

4. Sage - Indigenous Peoples throughout the world have burned sage in a process called "smudging", where the tip is briefly lit and blown out, allowing the smoke to circulate around the space or person needing cleansing. The purpose is to clear away negative energy, including fear, anger, and also evil spirits.  But a scientific study by botanical researcher Dr. Chandra Shekhar Nautiyal found that burning sage and other medicinal plants reduced bacteria in the air, including Staph. These antibacterial benefits lasted long after the smoke cleared too. You can purchase white sage here.

5. Palo Sento - this sacred tree grows on the coast of South America and is burned in spiritual ceremonies by shamans for its energetically cleansing and healing properties. Shown to have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, scientists are currently studying it for its anti-cancerous effects and chemotherapeutic benefits. You can purchase Palo Sento here and use it in a similar fashion to sage.

6. Beeswax candles - Unlike regular paraffin candles that are derived from petroleum, pure beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent. They release negative ions in the air which are known to neutralize pollutants in the air. They may be beneficial to those with asthma or allergies by eliminating common allergens like dust and dander. Although beeswax candles can cost more upfront than soy candles, beeswax burns much slower, giving you a longer lasting product in the long run.

7. Essential oils - Diffusing essential oils helps cleanse the air and depending on the oil chosen, promote positive energy. Citrus scents like lemon and orange promote motivation and joy, floral scents like lavender and rose reduce anxiety and promote harmonious relationships, herbal/woody scents like rosemary, sage and jasmine ward off negative energies.

8. Rearrange furniture (Feng Shui) - The Chinese practice the art of Feng shui. Again negative energy needs something to "cling to" so moving your furniture will open up new channels for new energy to pass through. Arrange your home with as much wide open space as possible, allowing any negative energy to disperse. The simple act of rearranging will cause this harmful energy to dissipate.

9. Eliminate polluted/stuffy air - indoor air has been shown to be 2-5 times more toxic than outdoor air. To help remedy this, open windows to allow fresh air into a space and let toxic energies out. Purchase an air purifier (or activated charcoal) to filtrate the air and freshen up the space. 

10. Sounds - sound is a form of energy that is associated with vibrations of matter. Our bodies are great at absorbing sounds since we consist of 60% water and water is a great conductor of sound. Think about the effect your music has on you emotionally, psychologically and physically. Sounds can be used to break up denser negative energy throughout your home and even in your own body (ever hear of vibroacoustic therapy and sound baths?). A great tool for this is a singing bowl which is a type of bell that is struck with a mallet, the rim then vibrates to produce sound characterized by a fundamental frequency and are used worldwide for meditation, music and relaxation. Having been to a sound bath where numerous singing bowls and other instruments were used, I witnessed firsthand how the energy of the space and myself were transformed. You can purchase a singing bowl here and try it out for yourself. 


 Good luck and let me know if you have a chance to try these out. 





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7 Quick + Simple Home Design Updates to Help Transition into the Winter Months

1. Textiles - swap lighter summer textiles like linens and cottons with heavyweight fabrics including wools, velvets, cashmere and alpaca. I recommend a soft cashmere or alpaca throw in indigo or a neutral to keep yourself cozy while lounging on the sofa. Or try incorporating velvet and mohair pillows in the living room. In the bedroom, update your bedding with a handmade quilt and tailored flannel sheets. 

2. Humidifier - Cold outdoor temperatures plus blasting heat indoors leads to incredibly dry air during the winter months. Wood flooring gives up some of its moisture and contracts as a result, which can lead to thin gaps between the planks. While optimal humidity levels for wood floors are between 40-60%, humidity levels indoors during winter can be as low as 10%. A humidifier can help keep these levels consistent and prevent any damage over the long run. But your body can also reep the benefits of a humidifier. Humid air keeps your nasal passages lubricated which helps with sinusitis, congestion, colds, asthma and allergies. It also helps prevent dry skin and hair which is a serious issue for me during the colder months. 

3. Color scheme - certain bright colors that looked beautiful in the summertime can seem out of place during the colder months. While I don't preach any hard and fast rules like no white after labor day, I do think your eyes are ready for a moodier palette. Try balancing muted or jewel toned colors with neutrals like light and medium greys and a warmer element like camel or tan. 

4. Fireplace - your fireplace should be inspected and cleaned by a professional at least once a year, or after 80 fires. This helps to remove any buildup of creosote, an oily and highly flammable byproduct of burning wood. Inspect the chimney cap and damper

5. Fire pit

6. Scents

7. Plants

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