Purifying your spaces by smudging is something I have found to be highly beneficial in maintaining a positive and creative atmosphere.
Not only is it a great meditative practice, but it also aids in clearing any negativity out of the air and restoring balance to the space and anything/one living in it.
Some studies show that medicinal smoke can also help to cleanse bacteria from the air.
The Ritual of Smudging 101
The sacred ritual of Smudging is one that dates back thousands of years and has been practiced in many different cultures.
In North American culture it has been known to be preformed with white sage, sweetgrass, and cedar and in the South American culture, with palo santo sticks.
The smoke that burns off of these herbs acts as a negative energy magnet and as the smoke dissipates and disappears, so does the negative energy attached to it.
Abalone shells and clay bowls are commonly used as a vessel for the herbs.
The abalone shell is of the ocean and so it represents water, the herbs represent earth, the flame represents fire and the smoke, air.
Performing the ritual of smudging
To practice this ritual, white sage, palo santo, sweetgrass or cedar is burned in either a abalone shell or clay bowl.
Allow the herbs to burn and cleanse your hands and self with the smoke.
Once you have cleansed yourself, you can use either your hand or a feather to help move the smoke around the room.
Focus the smoke around the corners of the room, across doorways and into spaces that may be covered in shadow.
While performing the ritual you will want to continue to recite a prayer, incantation, or intention repeatedly in your mind. The beauty of this ritual, is that you can practice it in any belief and incorporate your own prayer.
When you feel you have finished cleansing the space, you can let your herb slowly burn out on its own or gently press it out into your bowl.
I tend to stick with white sage and palo santo, so here is a little bit of info on both of those…
Where should I keep my Smudging bowls?
This practice and its items are to be treated with respect and so once you have acquired them, you will want to keep them in a sacred space on a shelf or anywhere where they may be honored above waist level or higher.
I keep one set in my living room on a bookshelf and another on a face level shelf next to my bed surrounded by crystals.
White sage is believed to have cleansing and medicinal properties. The Native American tribes used sage for healing, space cleansing and for ceremonies.
White sage is found in southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
It promotes feelings of relaxation, boosts memory, and helps to clear the throat, lungs, and sinuses of congestion.
Palo Santo grows on the coast of South America.
In Spanish, the name literally means “Holy Wood”.
It has sweet notes like citrus, pine, mint and lemon.
The tree that it comes from is native to Mexico and the Yucatán Peninsula to Peru and Venezuela.
The wood is harvested after the tree has fallen and the wood has dried out and cured for 3-5 years. The tree is considered sacred and there are strict regulations on how it is harvested.
Where can I get smudging items?
It is very easy to find all of these items however make sure you are getting them form a reputable source.
You could also do some research to see if there are any native american stores in your area that you may be able to visit.
If you would like to purchase a starter kit, Blackjack Wax co. sells a great smudging kit that you can get HERE
For more info on Blackjack Wax co. you can check out my post on them HERE.
I hope this clears up any questions you may have and inspires you to incorporate this practice into your routine. 🙂