by: Sacred Space
Abalone shells are often used as a smudge bowl for burning incense, sage and other herbs. These are harvested in Mexico.
Abalone shells are often used in smudging rituals not only to use to catch the hot cinders that fall away from the smudging stick after it has burnt, but also because they are a beautiful gift straight from Mother Earth’s ocean.
Abalone shells have thick shells which shimmers with the gorgeous iridescent colours of mother-of-pearl. They hold the energy of the ocean and bring a strong calming and healing energy, allowing you to remain connected to the sea - even when on land.
Including abalone shells in your smudging rituals means you are incorporating all four of the earth’s elements. The shell represents water, the smoke represents air, the unlit herbs or sticks represent earth and once they are lit, they represent fire. By incorporating these elements, you are inviting Mother Earth to be the focus of your ceremony. It is here, in the space created by Her, that transformations and manifestations have room to occur.
You may wish to use a layer of sand inside the abalone shell to protect the shell's natural shine from smoke or embers.
Abalone shells have holes in them, so ensure that no hot embers fall through onto flammable materials such as carpet or bed linens.
If the smudging sticks have been resting in the abalone shell for awhile, the shell may get hot, so be cautious when handling it.
The colour of each shell and the iridescent nacre that lines the inside of the shell are unique and varies in colours and patterns. They are a product of nature.