Have you been seeing people all over the internet talking about smudging their homes, office space & even themselves?
Well you're defiantly not alone!
Firstly, what is smudging & why it matters?
Smudging is a sacred ancient tradition that has been used for thousands of years. Indigenous Americans among other cultures believe that the smoke from burning herbs & resins was to rid bad energy, raise vibrations and assist with spiritual work & rituals. It is an important step before any sacred ritual.
How do I know which type of smudge stick to purchase & use?
If you’re new to the smudging world you may have heard of white sage & palo-santo smudge sticks. These are the most common types of smudge sticks you usually find & purchase online, or even find at your local health food store.
You must remember all plants mother earth creates & grows for us has its own magical healing benefits and properties.
Here are a few herbs & flowers that are more commonly found in smudge sticks, along with their properties.
- *Calendula - love and constancy.
- Catnip - attracts good spirits, luck, love, beauty and happiness (your cat may appreciate some around the home)
- Chamomile - to aid protection and purification.
- Cinnamon - when burned raises high spiritual vibrations and aids healing.
- Dandelion - for divination, spirit calling and wishful magic.
- Dill - for protection, luck, money, and lust.
- Frankincense resin - reduces stress, eases tension, and connects you with Source energy.
- *Lavender - brings peace, relaxation, and restful sleep; purity and love.
- Lemongrass - for cleansing and purifying, removing obstacles, and opening new doors & opportunities
- Myrrh resin - physical healing and grounding.
- *Palo-Santo – for deep healing and can be used to clear a home of energies.
- Peppermint - purity, protection, release, and renewal.
- *Rosemary - to remove negative energy associated with sickness, and clearing.
- Thyme - excellent for releasing and allows us to recall the past without pain.
- *White Sage - used to clear negative energies from objects, spaces or people.
* Some of my personally favorites to grow, use and create with.
So, I have purchased a smudge stick, now what?
So you may have just purchased a smudge stick. Or even 2.
The first thing you must decide is, what are you planning on using your smudge stick for?
There are so many different ways to incorporate smudging into your lifestyle. But for the sake of this blog post we will go over the most popular.
Cleansing an area or space.
You will need:
- A fire proof bowl to catch any ash and extinguish after use. An abalone shell is also a popular choice.
- A lighter
- Your smudge stick.
First light the end of your smudge stick and let it burn for 10-20seconds. Gently blow out the flame and you will find your smudge stick starting to smoke. Now is your time to set your intentions for your ritual. You can speak these out loud or just in your mind. Begin from one corner of your space or room and slowly wave the smoke in an outward direction. There is debate about whether to leave windows open or closed. I say to do what you feel most comfortable with. Be sure to keep your intentions and mind positive.
Be sure to let me know how your smudging experience goes if your a beginner. If your familiar to the smudging world, let what your favorite herb or resin is to burn.
Enjoy the ritual, Yaz.