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Use Smudging to Clear Your Home

Use Smudging to Clear Your Home

In spiritual symbolism, air represents consciousness–the power of the mind. Nearly every culture on earth has burned dried plant material to invoke spiritual connection. Smoke rises on air, and indigenous people around the world have used pipe ceremonies (where they smoke sacred plant medicine) as a way of uniting heaven, earth, and man.

Burning sacred plant medicine, in a pipe, incense, or by fire, releases its aroma, which many believe holds the energy of the earth, sun, rain, moonlight, stars, and soil. Any use of plants with conscious intention (and good intent) can become a sacred ceremony. Favorite herbs for sacred smoke include sage, lavender, sweet grass, thyme, cinnamon, frankinscense or myrrh (both resins), and clove.

A good “smudge” of your home can clear out old energy, and connect your home to this energy of the universe. Here is how:

Buy your smudge sticks from those who honor the plants and bundle the herbs with sacred ceremony of appreciation. If you grow your own herbs, research making smudge sticks and honoring the plants.

To burn herbs, and create smoke, you have to be very careful not to start a fire. I use a big ashtray, with steep sides. Some light whole bundles of herbs, but I don’t because there is no need, usually, for that much smoke. Instead, I untie a smudge bundle and pull out just a few leaves, and light them. Once there is a flame, you blow out the flame (making sure you catch any sparks in the ashtray). The herbs will smolder, and the smoke will waft into the home. Walk around with the ashtray (smoking herbs included), and make sure the smoke reaches into all the areas of a room you want.

When you are done, let the herbs extinguish on their own (if they are safely in the ashtray and away from wind), or extinguish them fully with water.

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By Annie B. Bond

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10:47AM PST on Jan 22, 2012


10:07PM PDT on Oct 9, 2011

Smuging with sweet grass and sage ... saying prayers asking for cleansing, healing and renewal brings balance and positive energy. Walking in beauty, strength and wisdom with all relations.

9:35AM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

Thank you

7:41PM PDT on May 10, 2011

Great article. Thank you for sharing it with others!

2:16AM PDT on Sep 25, 2010

I never thought of smudging as a solution to clear out the old energy from the apartment.

3:01AM PDT on Sep 23, 2010


12:43AM PST on Dec 29, 2009

How does this compare with lighting incense sticks?

2:36AM PST on Dec 22, 2009

Excellent Tips!

8:24AM PDT on Sep 6, 2008

I hope you are right, Gloria. Your people breathed during these hundreds of years in a more healthy air than we do nowadays, especially in towns. Pollution by factories, cars, cigarets, ... do affect the lungs. So when living in such a town, like I do, I think it's better to keep the inside of the home as clear as posssible. That's why I prefer essentiol oils to sticks, especially after what I read about the lungs. I can imagine that if you live out of town, in a natural environment with woods or sea-air or..., the problem is less urgent.



10:11AM PDT on Sep 4, 2008

smudging has been used by my people for hundreds of years for spirit health and protection,so I wouldn't worry too much about the small particles
in the lungs"Ma Witch"

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