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The Cleansing Ritual of Smudging

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What is Smudging?

The practice of smudging is the smoke purification ritual of burning herbs as a way to bring in good spirits and remove stagnant or negative energies. The most commonly known herb used for smudging is sage.

sage for smudging

An alternative to sage and a highly favored choice would be that of sweet grass. Although at times a carefully prepared mixture of various plants may be combined to treat specific needs such as illness. This may include herbs such as cedar, juniper, tobacco, and lavender.

This combination could vary depending on your climate, culture, tribe, beliefs and availability.


There is something about smoke that connects us to our spirituality.

If your energy, which includes your emotional, mental, physical, spiritual or environmental field feels down and depressed this is believed to manifest into lack of happiness and success as well as pain and disease.

The ancient art of smudging is an honored tradition used to combat these negativities and restore positivity.

For a myriad of reasons one may wish to shed some light and clear the air.


Appropriate and Suggested Situations For Smudging:

1) Before you set up house in a new living space, bless your home and land.
2) When controversy or conflict enters your home. You may have had a horrible argument with your significant other or the energy of an unwanted guest seems to linger.
3) Your pets act irregularly in nature.
4) If there has been illness within the structure.
5) Upon bringing new purchases into your sacred space—especially antiques and secondhand items.
6) You feel overwhelmed, confused, exhausted and/or sad.
7) You suffered a breakdown.
8) Experienced a break up or divorce.
9) Had a death in the family.
10) Sensing a psychic attack

This applies to your work space as well.

create your own smudge stick

Materials You Will Need to Smudge:

Symbolizing the four elements

A sage stick or chosen loose herbs—Earth

An abalone shell—Water

A feather—Air

The flame (lighter)—Fire

burning sage

How To Perform Smudging

Open the windows if indoors.

Focus your intention.

Light your sage stick—hold the flame until you achieve a steady stream of smoke. Wave your hand over the sage to extinguish the flame (do not blow it out).

Begin by smudging yourself before moving on to others or your environment.

With a cupped hand, draw the smoke to your face. Start at the top of your head and work down to your feet. You want complete coverage. Do not rush the process and be conscious of your breath.

sage bundles

Then use the feather to direct the smoke to another. Head to toe. Front and back.

Next, distribute the smoke to your surroundings. Make sure to get into all corners and closets of the rooms. Concentrate over objects such as furniture and all collectible accessories.

When finished, empty the ashes from the herbs outside and give back to the earth.

smudging with sage

Smudging Prayer

May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.

May your feet be cleansed that they might take you where you most need to be.

May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.

May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.

May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.

May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.

And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.

About the Author

Kaylee is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing.

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