Smudging is an ancient spiritual practice used for purifying and cleansing energies from a person, place or thing that is most often associated with the Native Americans. A combination of herbs, flowers and different types of sage are bundled together to form a smudge stick that is burned. The most common form of smudge is white sage.
White sage is known for its antimicrobial properties and when burned, white sage releases negative ions which clears positive ions which are in germs, mold, pollen and emf’s. Negative ions are found in nature, by bodies of water and in the forest. That is why we feel so refreshed when we are by an ocean, lake, water fall , stand on grass or take a walk surrounded by trees.
Scientific studies have shown that sage can clear up to 94 percent of airborne bacteria. So, smudging your home after someone has been sick is beneficial for your health.
The Latin word for sage salvia stems from the word heal. In spiritual practices it is used to cleanse and restore your body, mind and spirit. Smudging is often done before ritual to prepare yourself to be fully present and spiritually open to receive. You can also smudge anytime that you feel there is stagnant energy in your home or personal energy field.
Another smudging favorite of mine is Palo Santo. Palo Santo means Holy Wood in Spanish. It smells like a combination of Frankincense and Myrrh. Due to its size and the fact that it does not crumble like sage or other herbs and flowers, it is easily and neatly portable.
You can hold the smudge bundle or Palo Santo stick in your hand and use a feather to brush your aura or to spread the smoke in a space. You can also burn sage in a shell or another fire proof container. When you use a shell as your container you are bringing in the element of water. Sage represents the Earth element, matches or a lighter represent the Fire element, and the smoke or if using a feather smudge fan represents the Air element. This combination brings in all the elements, fire, water, earth and air.
To cleanse my entire apartment, I begin in the room farthest from the front door, light my smudge of choice and begin to walk from room to room allowing the smoke to waft into all corners, around all door frames (doors are energetic portals) around and under furniture and work my way to the front door. Then I open the front door to allow any stagnant energies to leave.
You can smudge your crystals, jewelry, electrical equipment, cell phone, computer, keyboard or television. Use your own intuition, as always, the possibilities are endless.