History of Smudging | Sage
Sacred Smoke (Resin | Herbs | Bark -Woods | Botanicals) The smoke of medicinal plants and natural substances has been used extensively in many cultures for cleansing and healing. It is seen as a bridge to the higher realms; a way to clear spiritual and emotional negativity that has built up in a space or a person. Smudging is often done before a ceremony or special gathering, or even after an argument to clear the air. Although the spiritual benefits of these practices might be viewed with skepticism, the health benefits are proven.
Burning sage and other herbs neutralizes positive charge and releases negative ions, and has antiseptic, bacteria-killing properties. The medicinal smoke, together with the vibrations that the mantras produce, creates positive effects in the surrounding atmosphere. Sources upliftconnect.com | healthline.com
- Clear the air of lots more than bugs and bacteria
- Smudging has long been used to connect to the spiritual realm or enhance intuition
- used as a ritual tool to rid yourself — or your space — of negativity. This includes past traumas, bad experiences, or negative energies from others
- Cleanse or empower specific objects
- lift one’s spirits to banish negativity and could also be a great ally against stress
- Improves sleep quality – safeguard against negativity that could interfere with sleep.
- energizing effect and help with fatigue, boost cognition and focus.
General Practice Instructions
- Leave a window open prior, during and after smudging. This will allow smoke to escape
- Light the end of a sage bundle with a match. Blow out quickly if it catches on fire.
- The tips of the leaves should smolder slowly, releasing thick smoke. Direct this smoke around your body and space with one hand while holding the bundle in the other. – Release positive prayers or affirmations.
- Allow the incense to linger on the areas of your body or surroundings you’d like to focus on. Using a fan or feather can also help direct the smoke, though this is optional.
- Allow the ash to collect in a ceramic bowl or shell.
- Extinguish by removing oxygen by covering with Lid |small pot or by utilizing small amount of sand | salt Always use caution and respect when working with fire.