Abalone shells are often used in smudging practices, not only because they are a practical way to catch the hot embers that fall away from the smudging bundle after it's lit, but also because they assist you in resonating and welcoming positive energy.
Abalone shells are a thick seashell which shimmers with the gorgeous iridescent colors of mother-of-pearl. They hold the energy of the ocean and bring a strong calming and healing energy, allowing you to remain connected to the sea - even when you are landlocked.
Including abalone shells in your smudging practice means you are incorporating all four of the earth’s elements: the shell represents water, the smoke represents air, the unlit herbs or sticks represent earth and once they’re lit they represent fire. By incorporating the elements into your smudging practice, you’re inviting Mother Earth to be the focus of your ceremony.