Abalone shells are a natural traditional smudging tool that have been used for centuries. The shell is known for its ability to cleanse and purify the air and energy. This can be helpful in removing negative energy and promoting positive vibes. The abalone shell is known for its ability to amplify the effects of smudging. When used in conjunction with other smudging tools, the abalone shell can help to increase the cleansing and purifying power of the smoke. Many native cultures use abalone shells because they believe that they bring about harmony and balance to those who live around them. White sage is usually burned in an abalone shell. The symbolism is that it unites the 4 elements: the shell represents water element, the sage represents earth element, the element is part smoldering fire, and the smoke is the element air.
You can burn sage, sweet grass, palo santo, copal resins, and other dried herbs in an abalone shell.
The best way to use an abalone shell for smudging is to first cleanse the shell with sage or another cleansing herb. Then, you can place whatever you are burning in the shell and let the smoke drift around the space you are in. The smoke from the abalone shell is said to be able to purify the air and clear away any negative energy. You can also use the shell as a container to catch ashes when you are finished smudging.
Our large abalone shells are 16-17cm in length and 11-12cm wide. Size and shape may vary slightly from the image shown.