Barrida is a cleansing ritual that is practiced by Mexican healers. A certain object (e.g. egg, rosemary whisk, crucifix) is used as an energetic sweeping tool to purify and sweep away negative energies. When an egg is used, the egg is intended to absorb the bad energies. Afterwards the energies are disposed of by burying the egg into sacred ground or breaking and washing it down the drain.