Cascarilla is a staple item used in Santeria, (Lucumi, La Regla de Ocha). It was one of the first spiritual tools I used when learning this path as an aborisha. Its origin can be traced back to West African religions and efun, a chalk-like substance used for cleansing, purification, and rituals. In the new world, powdered bark was used and then eventually they simplified the process by using ground eggshells.

Eggs are powerful spiritual symbols of life, birth, perfection, and the Universe in nearly every spiritual tradition throughout the world. Some traditions identify the egg as the source of all life, marking the beginning of creation with the hatching of a cosmic or divine egg. The shell of the egg is a hard protective coating that shields a developing life against the dangers of the outside world. Cascarilla creates a protective barrier between the natural and supernatural realms and blocks harmful or destructive forces. 

A good way to detox and cleanse the mind, body, and spirit of negative energy is to add a pinch of Cascarilla powder to a saltwater ritual bath. Cascarilla powder can also be incorporated into candles, incense, and soap to release protection as they are used. It can be used to cast a protective magical circle during rituals or it can be added to mojo bags, sachets, or ritual oils.

To safeguard the home and cleanse negative energy, sprinkle Cascarilla powder on the floor or add a pinch to a floor wash. A small amount of Cascarilla powder can be added to a bowl of water and protective symbols can be drawn on all of the doors, windows, vents, and thresholds to seal and protect the home. Sprinkle Cascarilla powder in the corners of each room, closet, basement, garage, and attic to prevent negative energy and unfriendly spirits from entering. It can also sprinkled in the car or any vehicle for safety and travel protection.

May the force be with you.

 – Tam

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