Palo Santo Space Clearing (How and Why)

By |2023-01-23T09:41:46+00:00January 23, 2023|Energy Matters|

I used to be a Real estate agent. One of the bonus gifts I used to give my clients is space clearing. You see, when a house transferred to new owners, I cleared the house energetically. I did this once the previous owners were out, before handing it over to the new owners. I never told people that I did this.

Even my most spiritually unaware clients always remarked on how much “better”, more “open”, more “light” the space felt. These remarks when they walked into their new house that had been energetically cleared would always make me smile. I’d just nod and agree.

Space clearing is an ancient practice

Space clearing is a powerful and ancient practice that has been used for centuries to clear negative energies and create a sense of peace and calm in a space.

Palo Santo, Sage

One of the most popular methods of space clearing, and the most powerful one I’ve found is the use of Palo Santo wood. Palo Santo is a sacred wood native to South America. It has a sweet, woodsy scent and is believed to have powerful purifying and healing properties. You could also use a Sage Smudge stick for the same purpose, although I prefer Palo Santo.

Holy wood

Palo Santo means “holy wood” in Spanish. It is traditionally used in spiritual practices, such as shamanic rituals and meditation. The aim is to cleanse and purify the energy of a space. The wood is believed to hold a high vibration and to be able to connect people with the divine. This makes it a powerful tool for creating a sacred and peaceful environment.

The way I use it to clear a space is to burn the wood as incense, using a candle or incense burner. To do this, I would light one end of the wood and allow it to burn for a few seconds. Then I  blow out the flame. The wood will continue to smolder and release its sweet, woodsy scent into the air.

Palo Santo space clearing

I then walk around the space room by room, allowing the smoke to flow into every corner and crevice. This clears any negative energies and promotes a feeling of peace and clarity. Before I start I also open all the doors and windows to allow any negative energy to escape.

As I go about the process, I set an intention for the space clearing ritual. This intention can be to promote healing, create a sense of calm, or simply to create a fresh and positive energy in the space.

When would I recommend you use this method?

  • Every month with the New moon. This allows you to set intentions for the next energetic period from a clear and positive space.
  • When you have had visitors or other people in your space.
  • When there has been illness, arguments or heavy emotions.
  • Whenever you feel a heaviness or staleness to the energy in your home or work space.
  • When you are bringing second-hand furniture, items or clothes into your space.

Space clearing with Palo Santo wood is a simple yet powerful way to create a sense of peace and clarity in your home or work environment. It is especially important for empaths or those sensitive to energies. But, as illustrated by my real estate days, everybody benefits from and can actually feel what a clear and positive space feels like.

Balance and harmony

Whether you’re looking to clear negative energies, promote healing, or simply create a more positive and uplifting atmosphere, this ancient practice is an effective and easy way to bring a sense of balance and harmony to your space.

So why not give it a try today and see the transformative power of Palo Santo for yourself?


Interested in this subject? You can also check out this Youtube video where I explain how your space is keeping you stuck energetically (and how to change it!)