Destroy Killer Germs With Smudging
Smudging has been around for thousands of years and is believed to have originated with the Native Americans. It has been increasing in popularity throughout Western Culture as more and more people learn about its benefits. Although some consider it a sort of “hippie” practice, it actually has some concrete benefits that everyone can appreciate.
What Is Smudging?
Smudging is an ancient practice that clears low vibrations and “stuck” energies from a home or personal space. Recent studies have also found that smudging your home with herbs may reduce aerial bacteria by up to 94%!
Different Herbs Used For Smudging
According to Native American culture, all plants are sacred and can hold a place in cleansing rituals. There are however several plants and herbs that are most commonly used in smudging:
- Garden, pineapple, russian, purple and golden sage– cleansing, releasing negative energies, wisdom, purity
- Amaranth – healing, protection, vulnerability
- Eucalyptus– healing, protection, respiratory health
- Frankincense resin– reducing stress, releasing tension, connection
- Lavender– peace, relaxation, restful sleep, purity
- Cedar– banishing fear, enhancing psychic power
- Basil– attracting love, happiness, peace and money
- Thyme– releasing pain from past memories
Research has recently found that the benefits of smudging are quite real, even if you’re not into energy work. A study published in the Journal Of Ethnopharmacology found that one hour of smudging decreases bacteria in a home for up to 24 hours after use.
“Medicial smoke” is what they called the fumes from smudging, because it can apparently clear diverse plant and human pathogenic bacteria when used in a confined space.
How To Smudge Your House In 5 Easy Steps
If you’re intimidated by smudging or don’t know where to start, here is an easy 5 step guide to smudging your home!
- A smudge stick (herbs bundled tightly together, can be found at most health foods stores or crystal shops)
- A candle
- Small fireproof bowl
- A bowl with sand (to extinguish the smudge stick)
Step #1. Set aside 10-15 minutes for your smudging ceremony. Gather all your supplies and set them on a safe, clear surface.
Step #2. Light your candle and set your intention. What is your main goal in smudging your home? You can say a prayer or just think in your mind what you are wanting to accomplish.
Step #3. Using your candle, light the smudge stick. After lighting, hold the small fireproof bowl underneath at all times to catch any falling herb particles.
Step #4. Smudge all desired areas of your home. Go clockwise if possible, and wave the smoke into the air. Be sure to wave around all doors and windows. Pay special attention to corners. Open any closets and smudge inside. Don’t forget the basement and closets.
Step #5. Come back to where you started and extinguish your smudge stick in the sand. Once it’s properly cooled off you can store it away until you need it again. Leave the candle burning for as long as you want.
Bonus Tip: Self-Smudging
Smudging doesn’t only work on your house, it can also work on you! If you want to clear your energy, set certain intentions or just do a smudge cleanse, you can do this same ceremony on your body. Simply point the smudge stick towards yourself and wave the smoke around you starting from your head and working down to your feet.
Remember to breath deeply and focus on your intention while doing this. You can also smudge other people, with their permission. Always smudge yourself first so your energy is clear.
I hope you’ve found this smudging article useful! There are a lot of ways to use smudging and this is just the beginning. You can smudge your house when you first move in and also every few months or once a year to keep the energy from getting stagnant.
What do you think of smudging? Do you have any tips we left out? Let us know by commenting below!
Reference Article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874106004314