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A Complete Guide to smudging your personal spaces
What is Smudging?
Smudging is the practice of spiritually cleansing with smoke from sacred herbs. You can smudge a person, a space such as home, office & car, and items. Usually, a bundle of herbs burned as incense is also called a smudge.
Why should I smudge?
Smudging is done to remove bad energy and bring in positive energy. Smudging has long-lasting spiritual and mental benefits. Empaths, psychics, intuitives, and practitioners can feel when space doesn't "feel" right. This strange energy can come from visitors to your home who have left evil eye or bad energy, an argument that occurred in the space, past bad energy still lingering, objects with negative energy brought into the home and/or dust, clutter, and garbage creating stagnant energy. Smudging uses the metaphysical qualities of aromatic plants, along with the smudger's prayers and intentions, to improve the psychic environment. Smudging can be done by anyone regardless of your spiritual beliefs and/or faith.
It is the act of will and intention combined with the properties of the sacred plants/herbs that sets positive intentions for your home, workstation, items, and vehicle. Many spiritual and religious paths attest to the power of cleansing a space on a regular basis.
Benefits of smudging
Raised Spiritual Vibrations
Removed bad eye/negative energy
Allows blessings, peace, and clarity to flow through the home
Allows better sleep
Can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety
Fewer arguments and problems in the home
My favorite smudge Herbs
Dragons Blood Sage - Dragon’s blood resonates with the element of fire and brings a wonderful sense of grounding and protection. Dragon’s blood is a powerhouse against negativity and will amplify your spiritual work. It enhances tenacity, heals, protects, and is excellent for clearing energies. Dragon’s blood is one of my all-time favorites!
Sweetgrass- symbolizes love, peace, harmony, strength, purity, positivity, and Mother Earth. Has a unique vanilla-like scent. Angelic beings love the smell of sweetgrass
Palo Santo - Relieves stress and anxiety while it also grounds and centers the body. It uplifts your mood and increases intuition. Detoxifies cleanses and purifies the air. Invites positive energy into a space.
Tobacco- is a sign of respect when offered to spirits. Tobacco carries thoughts and prayers into the spiritual realm
Rosemary- removes evil influences, purifies and protects a space
Cedar- drives out negative energies and ushers in good energies. Promotes spiritual peaceful thoughts and attracts money and love.
Ruda Rue- Great for envy, bad eye, and bad luck
How do I smudge my home?
Make sure broken glass/items, clutter, dirty dishes, and dust are not in the home. Open all windows, doors, cabinets, toilet bowls, cupboards, and dressers.
Light your smudge stick over a fire-safe dish such as an Abalone Shell. You'll want it to create as much smoke and a little flame as possible. Once the smudge is lit, you'll need to cleanse yourself first.
Carefully cleanse the top of your head and work your way to the soles of your feet. Make sure to either say your favorite Psalm for protection or state your intentions.
Work from the farthest corner of your home to the front door asking what doesn't serve you and the dwellers of the home's highest good. Walk into corners, you can use a feather to guide the smoke into specific areas like draws. Pay close attention to unused areas of your home as they collect stale energy.
Take as much time as you need to cleanse your home and let your intuition guide you.
When you are done you can leave the rest of the smudge stick burning in a fire-safe pot attended or you can put out the sage in soil, sand, or a spritz of water.
How often should I smudge your home?
I believe just as you wash your tub and clean your sink when there's a build-up of dirt you need to also cleanse your home the same way. As energies pass through your home stale energy can build up. You should cleanse your home at least once per month.
When moving into a new space, you want to clear the energy from past owners and events that occurred in the home as well as any lingering energies. I suggest my New Home Ritual Kit for new apartments/homes. Smudging a new home also resets the home's energy and makes it ready for a fresh start.
Just like you wouldn't wear used clothes without washing them don't let negative energy build up in your home. Your home should be a sacred space for you, your loved ones. The more good energy is able to flow through your home, the more prosperity and blessings can knock at your door.
General safety instructions
Place your burning smudge away from curtains, lampshades, and all those objects that would catch fire easily
Make sure that you have a ventilated area. While you take in the aroma ensure you are getting fresh air too
Never leave the burning sage or smudge stick unattended. If you are going out of your place or going to sleep, put out the Sage by dipping the end in soil, sand, or sprinkling some water.
Never burn sage inside of a closet. The ambers can fly onto a garment and catch fire.
Keep the burning stick away from the reach of children as well as pets.
Always place your sage in an increased burner or heat resistance bowl/plate. Please be aware that the outside of the Burner can get very hot.
Luz y progresso,
Shontel Anestasia 🔮