Smudging is an ancient way to remove stuck negative energies from an area, room, home or person.
Many indigenous cultures would use herbs, fragrant wood and bark as a form of incense, lighting it and blowing the smoke over area to cleanse it.
We have many different sage sticks as well as Palo Santo wood to assist you in all your smudging needs
How To Smudge
What you need:
- Smudge Stick, Palo Santo, or loose white sage
- Fireproof container; an abalone shell, bowl or plate that you do not mind getting a little stained and is 100% fireproof.
- Matches or lighter
- Feather to direct the smoke
- Way to extinguish: Use a bowl of sand, or simply press the stick into the fireproof container until it has been extinguished.
Set an intention before you get started, something simple like “Please cleanse and clear the negative energies out of here.” You can also say a prayer or affirmation. Or, simply take a moment to feel centered before you begin, it’s more important that it feels right for you.
How do I get started?
Open a few windows and doors to help any smoke and negative energy leave easily.
Light your sage stick over your flameproof bowl until a small flame has caught. While holding your sage over the bowl lightly blow on the flame until it goes out. The sage will then smoke gently like incense. Remember that it’s the smoke that does the work and so the stick does not have to remain lit.
Walk around your home clockwise, carefully using your feather to waft the smoke into all areas of your space. Include all small spaces that collect negative energy like corners, windows and behind doors. It’s also good to open cupboards and wardrobes because they can also hold stagnant energy.
Remember that the goal is to allow a light amount of smoke to move around your space there’s no need to create a thick cloud of smoke!
You may need to relight the sage stick to make it around the whole house – simply relight it over your flameproof bowl and lightly blow it out as before. Then carry on where you left off.
There are some who believe the sage stick should be left to smolder rather than extinguish – this should only be done if you are able to stay with it while it burns. If not then extinguish it by lightly pressing the stick into sand or into your fireproof dish. Never leave a lit sage stick unattended.
You may also smudge yourself or others by having them stand with arms out like a bird. Starting at the their head move the smoke over the body while they picture heaviness leaving their auric field.