Abalone shells (known in New Zealand as Paua) are often used in smudging rituals, not only because they are practical in that they 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. By adding the Abalone shell to this you are bringing all elements into your smudging ritual, The abalone representing the water, the match to light your smudge stick Fire, The cleansing smoke from your sage or Palo wood, representing Air, and your Smudge Stick, Earth.
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How to conduct a smudging ritual with abalone shells Using a match, light your herbs or Palo Santo smudging sticks Rest the sticks or herbs in the abalone shell, using it to collect any ashes or embers as the sticks or herbs burn To bless a person or object, or place. After smudging leave burning sage or Palo Santo, within the shell till it puts itself out. Always be aware of the Natural small holes on the side of the Abalone Shell, Never Leave any Burning Item Unattended, and always keep away from Children. Always use caution when handling an abalone shell after lighting any Smudging product, Shell Can become hot.. I recommend adding a small amount of sand to the bottom of the Abalone Shell, This will help absorb heat within sand.