The Power of Smudging
Sage and other herbs used for smudging are considered to affect both our physical body and spirit. Smudging is commonly believed to uplift and purify our spiritual energy and our state of mind, making us more receptive to the work of spirit. This purification process is thought to transform old, stagnate, or negative energy and bring a sense of clarity and renewal to people and their surroundings. Cleansing a space or our bodies clears away residual emotional and psychic energy that may have gathered over time – especially when done with intention. This clearing allows us to start again from a blank canvas and build up the new positive energy.
How To Smudge
matches or lighter
a small ceramic bowl or a large shell
Light the end of your smudge stick and let it burn for a while until it starts to smolder. Then blow out the flame so it produces smoke.
State your intension for the clearing. An example would be, "I wash away all negativity from my body." OR "I cleanse my home and remove all negative energy".
Use the feather to help guide the smoke. If you are clearing your body, then use the feather to blow smoke over every inch of your body. (Do not forget the bottom of the feet!) If you are clearing your home, wave the smoke into all corners of each room, across doorways, and into shadow spaces.
To maintain the atmosphere of ritual, keep repeating a mantra in your mind as you feather the smoke. This can be your intention in step 2 or you can create something else. Our favorite mantra for smudging is, "I remove all negative energy and only allow positive energy to enter".
Once the space is cleared, allow the sage bundle to either burn out.
Clearing – White Sage
White Sage is the herb to use when you need brute strength to shift energies and entities that attach themselves to you and your environment. White Sage clears these negative energies, purifies your environment and protects you from possible future attacks.
Cleansing – Prairie Sage
Prairie Sage is the sage traditionally used by most Native Americans due to its large growing region. It is used to cleanse, heal & purify. It has a gentler energy than White Sage.
Harmony – White Sage & Lavender
Use this combination to create harmony, tranquility & love. White Sage & Lavender restores balance & creates a peaceful atmosphere. It is excellent for areas of high stress and for cleansing an area after emotional upsets.
Protection – White Sage, Cedar & Sweetgrass
Clear away any negativity, bring in positivity and create peace through the grounding influence of the Cedar. The sweetgrass in this blend is ideal for attracting your angels & spirit guides to protect you. This combination is perfect for making a fresh start in a new home, office or car.
Healing – Lavender, Rosemary & Thyme
The energies of these 3 herbs combine to create a smudge stick ideal for ridding your home of illness & pain and replacing it with an energy of health & love. It gives us the courage to face our fears and move forward while being protected & nurtured.