Abalone shells have been used for many years as a bowl to burn sage, wood, incense or sweet grass. Abalone shells can also be used as a beautiful and unique way to display jewelry, crystals, candy, loose herbs, resins, and more!
Abalone comes from a large mollusk shell that is found in the shallow coastal waters. Usually, the material is brown to grey hue. It is known for its iridescent rainbow that shows different colors depending on the angle. The Abalone Shell is said to enhance feelings of peace, compassion and love. It has a lovely warm, gentle vibration. It is great in times of tough emotional issues, soothing the nerves and encouraging a calm demeanor. It is said to gently help open our psychic and intuitive connections.
Due to the unique nature of each shell, your item may vary slightly from the picture shown. Average size of shell is 6" but some may be slightly larger and some may be slightly smaller.
Burning sage — also known as smudging — is an ancient spiritual ritual. Smudging has been well established as a Native American cultural or tribal practice, although it isn’t practiced by all groups.
We have the traditions of many Native American peoples to thank for its use. This includes the Lakota, Chumash, Cahuilla, among others. Many other cultures around the world share similar rituals.
The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they have the potential to keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay. Beliefs that burning sage clears out spiritual impurities, pathogens, and even insects have been fundamental to the practice of smudging. Though scientifically unproven, burning sage is thought to release negative ions. This is said to help neutralize positive ions.
Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others.
This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement. Choosing to engage in ritual can be the beginning of your change in mindset.
Smudging is not something to be taken lightly and should be approached with respect and gratitude towards the marginalized group of people who began this practice. Always use caution and do not leave burning stick unattended.