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SMUDGING | A GUIDE FOR CLEANSING YOUR SPACE AND SPIRIT

Have you heard of smudging? The ritual of smudging is to remove any bad energy from your home/space or your person/spirit and I’m going to tell you how and why this is worth a try, but first let’s take a look into the history of smudging.

The initial “smudging” came from ceremonies first practiced by First Nations and Native Americans. The most common forms of smudge sticks are made with sage and cedar. You can also add other herbs to your smudge stick depending on your needs. I’ve created a list of all the smudging herbs and their benefits for you below:

  • SAGE | negative energy clearing
  • SAGEBRUSH | wounds, headaches, colds
  • CEDAR LEAF | cleansing, purification
  • PINE NEEDLES | cleansing, purification
  • BALSAM FIR | cleansing, purification
  • SWEETGRASS | healing, purification, positive energy
  • MUGWORT | lucid dreaming, purification, calming
  • JUNIPER | cleansing, purification
  • HOLY BASIL | purification, calming
  • ROSEMARY | protection
  • LAVENDER | calming
  • MULLEIN | cleansing, respiratory healing
  • ROSE PETALS | meditation, calming, love
  • DESERT CHAPARRAL | negative energy clearing protection
  • PEPPERMINT | healing, protection
  • YARROW | eliminates toxins from the body
  • LEMON BALM | spiritual cleansing, calming
how to use a smudge stick

When lit, the smudge stick creates a scented smoke (much like incense) which were used in many rituals in many different cultures, but in this case, it will be used towards cleansing and healing.

Benefits of smudging are said to help with depression, anger, resentment/argumentative energy, a negative presence or unwanted spirits within your home.

SMUDGING YOUR SPACE:

You will first need to open a window in every room allowing any bad energy to escape from your space. the end of your smudge stick and allow it to smoke. If it catches fire, blow it out and keep a dish handy underneath so that the ashes fall there and not on your floor. Some people say to move counter-clockwise around the room tracing window frames and doorways as well as corners to spread the incense throughout the space. While doing this practice it is best to think loving thoughts or come up with a mantra that will allow positivity and release any bad or negative energy out into the open and no longer within your home. Once you have finished, run water over the end of your smudge stick making sure it is completely out and lay it on a towel for drying. You can re-use it again once it has dried.

I would recommend this type of smudging if you’ve just recently moved into a new home, a relationship breakup where you have lived together and you are still residing in that space or a space that is making you feel uncomfortable i.e. getting some bad vibes and need to get them out.

SMUDGING YOUR SPIRIT:

When smudging yourself or your spirit, simply open a window near you and repeat personal affirmations and positive thoughts. Allow the smoke to smolder over your head in a clockwise motion as well as in front of your chest. Keep a small dish nearby for ashes. Once you have finished simply run the smoldering smudge stick under the water to put it out and place on a towel to dry for later use.

I would recommend this type of smudging if you’ve just gotten out of a bad relationship or fight, you have been feeling anxious, stressed, depressed, or have had lots of negative thoughts.

Well, guys that’s a wrap! Please let me know if you want me to do a DIY tutorial on how to make your own smudge sticks in the comments below and I hope ya’ll have a POSITIVE weekend!

Oh, and I almost forgot! In case you want to know where to find the wooden beaded tassel pictured above, check out this post here.

Cheers – Ashley Nicole

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