The Holistic Mom: My Kind of New Year's Cleanse

Happy 2019! I love the new year. Although it’s just another day, it always feels like a fresh start to me, and a time to build on habits I worked on in the year before.

One of my favorite, super easy ways to give myself and my family a fresh start is with a smudging ritual. For this I use either a sage bundle or Palo santo wood. Smudging is a practice from the Indigenous people of the Americas, used for spiritual cleansing. It is important to remember that these practices have a rich history in Native American culture. Sage can be used to completely clean an energy - like an energy bath! I like to sage a hotel room or AirBNB before my family sleeps there (and yes, my husband thinks I’m nuts). I am sensitive to energy in this way. For the new year, sage can be a powerful way to clear out the old and make room for a new. For example, if there is a room in your home associated with negative experience, sage it out. If you are struggling at work, sage your office! Sage bundles are available at Basic Foods. Light the bundle, and if a flame emerges gently shake (or blow) it out. You just want the embers and smoke. I like to hold the sage and walk around the area with it and blow smoke into all corners of the room. You can also use a heat proof burning surface like this one. Palo Santo, on the other hand, is known as “holy wood”, and cleanses negative energies while holding on to the good, loving energy in a space. This is perfect for a new year ritual - Making room for only loving positive energy in your home and life for the year ahead. Palo Santo comes in sticks. Allow one end to burn for 20-30 seconds before blowing it out and beginning your cleanse.

Jessica Crystal is an RN, BSN with a degree from the University of Delaware, a holistic health coach certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a mom to a busy toddler, Emma. She enjoys yoga, reading, and shopping and eating on Washington Street. She has lived in Hoboken for over six years with her husband Adam. Jessica runs Little Hoboken Health and Wellness and you can see her on Instastories every Wednesday for Wellness Wednesdays (@littlehoboken).