Have you ever stepped into a room in your house that just doesn’t feel right or has negative vibes? It may even be a single room that is off-putting and though it’s small, it’s hard not to notice. Whatever the case, it doesn’t take much to lift the mood or energy in a space. So, below is an effective list of ways to help shift a negative space into one of positivity, good vibrations, and inspiration.
8 Ways to Help Remove Negative Energy in Any Room
1. Grow indoor plants
We’ve published multiple articles exploring the benefits of indoor plants and it’s not for nothing. As far back as 1989, NASA began a study called “Clean Air” to help find out which air-filtering plants would be most beneficial in outer space. In the end, NASA arrived at 18 plants that could effectively filter out the air’s harmful toxins and pollutants.[1,2] Here’s where you can find the infographic outlining them all.
2. Use salt lamps or crystals
Till date, it appears that the anecdotal evidence of salt lamps outweighs the scientific and the effects people feel may even be placebo. That being said, there isn’t anything wrong with placebo effect if it works for you. Plus, Himalayan salt lamps are a beautiful addition to any room and can create a sense of calmness and relaxation.
3. Create a meditation space
Finding a way to incorporate meditation and mindfulness into your daily routine can be incredibly beneficial. In fact, many studies have found evidence that meditation can help lower blood pressure and inflammation, as well as help anxiety, depression, and insomnia. To incorporate more meditation into your day, try creating a small meditation zone or nook in your room of choice; a basic set up can include a floor pillow or yoga mat, and incense or essential oil diffuser in front of a window.
4. Play soothing music in the background
Everyone has a different taste in music. But there’s nothing like a soothing background tune to help set a calm mood. A research centre in the U.K. called Mindlab International found that one song in particular had significant effects on people’s moods. In fact, the song ‘Weightless’ by Marconi Union reduced participants’ levels of overall anxiety by 65 percent.
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5. Burn sage or make a smudge stick
Smudging is an ancient ritual that involves burning herbs and plant resins for both medicinal and spiritual use. People hesitate to use smudge sticks because they’re put off by the thought of inhaling smoke. However, a 2006 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology studied the effects of herbal and non-herbal remedies. Researchers found that inhaling medicinal ”ambient smoke” actually helped with skin, respiratory, and brain health.
6. Diffuse essential oils
Over the last few years, aromatherapy has grown wildly popular. Although the scientific research to support diffusing essential oils is limited, studies so far are promising. Some studies suggest that aromatherapy can improve sleep and relieve anxiety or depression.
In a systematic review of aromatherapy studies, researchers concluded that this method could not yet be considered a legitimate anxiety treatment. However, if all you’re doing is trying to change the mood and feel of a room or house, diffusing essential oils is a great option.
Best Essential Oils for Negative Energy: lavender, rose, vetiver, ylang ylang, bergamot, chamomile, and frankincense.
7. Make Epsom salt and essential oil room sprays
Based on the science above, diffusing essential oils are not the only way to transform a negative space into a positive one. You can also make homemade Epsom salt and essential oil spray bottles – they take no time at all!
Whether you want to use your personal favorite essential oils, all you need now is a spray bottle, Epsom salt, and distilled or filtered water.
- Add 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt to 1 cup of water, and pour into spray bottle
- Add 15 to 25 drops of your chosen essential oils into the bottle
- Mix the salt and oil together
- Top the mixture up with water
- Shake well and spray away on linens in the room
8. Craft a vision board
Hands down, visualization is one of the greatest and most effective mind exercises you can do. In fact, Psychology Today reported that when weight lifters actually lifted or just imagined lifting weights, the brain activity in both cases were very similar.
The point is, even thinking of something can affect and change your life for better or worse. The choice is yours. That’s why we suggest making your own vision board. Include pictures of loved ones, quotes, places or people you aspire to be – things that make you happy. The video above can show you how to get one started.
There you have it!
Sure, some of the options above are not as science-backed as you may like. But when something works, it works, whatever the reason. Start experimenting, see what works and what doesn’t work, or ask a friend what has worked in their favor. But above all, have fun and watch as you transform a negative space into a positive one.
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