Smudging

Posted by Sandra Hickey on

Smudging is an ancient ritual with it's roots in Native American culture. For thousands of years the burning of herbs has been used to dispell negativity and evoke positive energy all over the world. 

Smudging is closely related to the Egyptian burning of incense, and the Catholic burning of benzoin, frankincense & myrrh especially at funerals, where the smoke depicts prayers of the faithful rising to heaven.

In France, rosemary and thyme were burned in hospitals in an effort to keep the air clean and prevent contagion. The ancient Gaelic ritual of Saining involved burning of Juniper in another smoke purification ritual. 

Smudging is, in simplest terms, the burning of natural botanicals for a specific reason or intention. The most common herbs used are; 

🌿Sage: for purification and clearing negative energy

🌿Lavender : for tranquility, balance and peace

🌿Rosemary: for strengthening memory, protecting space. 

Use your smduge sticks to cleanse a space, person,  object or your own self. Remember it is a sacred ritual, not be rushed. You can add Smudging to a meditation or bathing ritual to amplify your intentions. Some people smudge weekly, some monthly or whenever they feel energy needs to be cleared. You decide what works for you. 

                Suggested Smudge Ceremony

~ Open doors and windows to allow negativity to flow out and positivity in. Don't include infants, elderly, pregnant people or anyone with respiratory issues when burning herbs.

~Focus on your specific goal, your intention. This can be anything you feel you need. Blessing a new home, clearing bad vibes, releasing your own negativity, overcoming a challenge or becoming more motivated and focused.

~Notice your breathing. 

~Light your smudge stick at one end and holding over a ceramic or heat proof bowl, blow out the flame. It should smolder and smoke not flame.

~Encircle the smoke around yourself first, carefully. 

~Start at the door of the space you want to cleanse and move around the perimeter paying attention to corners, open wardrobes and waft smoke carefully over any objects you would like purified. 

~As the smoke rises into the air and out of the window, visualise it carrying the negativity with it. 

~Repeat your intentions as you do this. 

~When you are finished, extinguish your smudge stick fully, by pressing into sand or dry soil, make sure it is completely snuffed out before you leave unattended. 

~Now is a good time for some journalling. Your goals are manifesting and your space is cleared of negativity. 

 

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