Smudging is performed by burning plant resins and herbs for both spiritual, as well as medicinal use. This is a practice that has been performed for centuries as an effort to heal and clear away any emotional or spiritual negativity in a home or room. While a lot of people view smudging as an unnecessary practice, recent scientific studies have concluded that medicinal smoke can be a dominant antiseptic that can rid the air of 94% of the harmful bacteria in it for 24 hours.
Why does smudging help?
The aura, or the electromagnetic field, around our body typically becomes blocked by damaging the positive ions. These ions and some of the negative energy which is found in our close environment usually lead us to feel sluggish, as well as exhausted and burnt out from life. When you burn sage or another herb, this will help you to neutralize the positive change and is going to permit a large number of negative ions to be dispelled into our atmosphere. In turn, the energy which surrounds us, as well as our personal energy, is going to start feeling lighter and freer.
You have heard the saying before…
We have all heard someone saying “you could have cut the tension with a knife!” when regaling a tale about an argument or fight. But, this is not just a saying. Positive ions can also build up when there is tension, as well as stress or anger in a room. When they are released, the energy which surrounds us will become stagnant. When you burn herbs or sage, you are going to turn these positive ions back into negative ones, purifying, as well as cleansing the atmosphere.
Smudging with sage
Most local health and herb stores sell bundled white sage, which is also the easiest to use to smudge. It can also be found online. Before you start to burn your sage, keep in mind what you are looking to achieve. Focus on the negative energy that you wish to cleanse. Next, you can light the sage. If you get a flame, you should gently blow it out until you only have embers and a smoky trail left. The smoke from the sage is going to clear and remove the energy, not the actual flame. It is OK to have to relight your bundle a few times while you perform the ritual.
First, smudge yourself by moving the sage slowly around your body. Begin low on the floor by your feet and slowly move above and around your head. Then, slowly move from room to room and stay in an area that you feel compelled to remain in longer than others. You should not hurry at the practice of smudging. Burn the sage for an hour to fully feel the effects. Consider buying a sage holder if you do not want to walk around with it for that long.
Experts recommend burning sage at the change of the season and at the beginning of your new week. Open at least one door or window to permit the smoke to pass through while you cleanse your space.
Featured image: Making Sweet Grass Medicine, Blackfoot Ceremony by J.H. Sharp