What is Smudging?

"Smudging" is an ancient practice that was/is common with most Native American & other indigenous cultures. Many religions use incense as a part of their services or ceremonies.

Smudging is a purifying "smoke bath" and modern science has proven its viability.  A build up of positive ions in the air results in a palpable "heaviness" that can bring us down & cause negative thoughts and energies to stagnate & pollute objects, spaces and people.

The smoke from smudging emits large amounts of negative ions into the air, which results in a light, balanced & high-energy space, object or person. 

Another example of this is sitting near the ocean or a moving stream.  Moving water emits large quantities of negative ions, making the areas nearby spaces of peace, tranquility and positive energies.

Remember, two negatives = a positive.

How to Smudge:

1. Hold the wood or herb bundle over a shell or ashtray as you light it.  Let it catch fire & burn for about 30 seconds, then blow it out.

2. Use your hand or a feather to waft the smoke into the areas you want to cleanse, across your body, or pass a handheld item through the smoke.

3. When you are finished, extinguish by snuffing out on inside of shell or ashtray. (You can wash the shell afterwards)

Tips: 

For cleansing yourself, waft the smoke around your body, starting at your feet and moving upwards until finishing above your head.  Be sure to focus around areas of concern (ie: if you shake hands a lot, smudge extra around your hands or if you do a lot of speaking, spend extra time on your throat, etc.)

For cleansing home or room, open the front door and start there, moving around your space in a clockwise motion.  Be sure to waft the smoke into all the corners.

For handheld items, place smoking wood or herb bundle into a shell or ashtray.  Pass items to be cleansed through the smoke.

Palo Santo- Bursera Graveolens
aka: "Sacred Wood"

* History and Uses

  • Used by the ancient Incans and many South American natives to cleanse and purify themselves and their property

  • Provides protection for the home and spirits of those residing there

  • Brings creativity & imagination, clears negative energies

  • Aids with breathing problems, allergies, asthma, cough, flu, sinusitis

Origin: South America

White Sage
aka: The Purifier,
Sacred Sage, Bee Sage

* History and Uses

  • Used since ancient times & considered a "sacred" plant by many cultures

  • A delicious spice, makes great potpourri, and is one of the best plants for smudging

  • Cleanses negative energies from spaces, objects and people

  • Helps restore balance & positive, uplifting energy

Origin: southwestern USA and northwestern Mexico