Smudging Your Home With Intention

Have you ever wondered what this whole Smudging thing everyone is talking about is??  Or maybe you picked up or received some sage as a gift, and you just don't even know where to start when it comes to using it.  I totally get it!

Smudging has become popular recently.  Especially with all the negativity and turmoil in our world today.  It's been a stressful 2 years, and more and more people are turning to wholistic wellness practices to help cleanse the negative energy from their lives.  But if you're unfamiliar with these practices, it can be intimidating.  Not to mention, if not done properly, ritual practices such as smudging with sage or palo santo may not work as intended, leaving you stuck with that negative energy!

What is Smudging?

Smudging a way to energetically cleanse a space and invite positive energy in. When smudging a space, you burn plant material. The smoke will fill and purify the environment.  Sacred smoke created from burning medicinal or sacred plants is an aspect of many cultures and religions the world over. In North America, it is a practice common to Indigenous Peoples and is called smudging. 

Smudging is traditionally a ceremony for purifying or cleansing the soul of negative thoughts of a person or place.  Smudging is also used to clear negative energy from rooms and homes.

8 Benefits of Smudging:

  • Increasing your sense of well-being and improving mental focus.
  • Clearing negative energy.
  • “Nature's antidepressant.”
  • Clearing the air.
  • Cleansing objects.
  • Relaxing effects.
  • Increased energy.
  • Improved sleep.

Common Plant Materials Used For Smudging:

  • Sage:  white sage is probably the most common and popular herb
    for smudging. It is associated with purity and has a strong and heavy presence. It's definitely useful for when you need a major space cleansing.  
  • Palo Santo: a wood from South America. I find that it has a sweet, bright, and minty energy that’s perfect for everyday use. 
  • Additional Materials:
    • Cedar
    • Sweet Grass
    • Lavender
    • Frankincense
    • Myrrh
    • Bayberry
    • Rose
    • Juniper

 

HOW TO PERFORM A SMUDGING RITUAL:

  1. Start with a simple intention of focusing on clearing the negative energy out of your space.
  2. Before lighting, open a door or window as the unwanted energy you are trying to clear must have a pathway to get out.
  3. Light a stick or bundle by holding it at a 45 degree angle, pointing the tip down towards the flame.
  4. Allow it to burn for 30 seconds to a minute, then carefully blow it out.
  5. Move around the space in which you wish to clear the energy, allowing the smoke to waft around each area.
  6. Once you have cleansed your space, place the Palo Santo or Sage in a fireproof bowl or dish and allow the embers to burn out.  Abalone Shells are also very popular vessels to use for smudging.
  7. Push positive energy into your space to maintain balance by declaring your intention out loud or silently in your head.

 

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