SMUDGING

  • Smudging has long been used to connect to the spiritual realm or enhance intuition.  For healers and laypeople in traditional cultures, burning sage is used to achieve a healing state — or to solve or reflect upon spiritual dilemmas.

 

  • Smudging may also be used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others.  This may help you establish a positive environment for meditation or another ritual. Choosing to sit and let go of negative thoughts in a ritual like this sets your intention and dedication to self-improvement.

  • Burning sage or other sacred herbs creates fragrant smoke central to smudging’s benefits. You can use this incense to smudge yourself or specific spaces. Or, you can smudge specific objects.  This can be useful with new purchases, gifts, or secondhand items.  Any item can be smudged.  If you have any concern with negative history or energy attached to a new or unfamiliar object, smudging may help bring peace of mind and make the object more sacred to you.

  • Cleansing using smoke.  The most-used types of sage have antimicrobial properties. This means they keep infectious bacteria, viruses, and fungi at bay.  White sage is antimicrobial and has been known to repel insects.  One 2007 study found that burning sage for an hour decreased the level of aerial bacteria by 94 percent. These effects were preserved for up to 24 hours afterward.

 

  • It also help neutralize positive ions.  Common positive ions are allergens like pet dander, pollution, dust, and mold.  If this is the case, burning sage may be a blessing for those with asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and other respiratory conditions. But inhaling the smoke during the smudging can aggravate it. Wait until the smoke clears before spending time in the room.

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