Do you know what smudging is? Smudging is an ancient practice of burning aromatic plants and herbs. It’s actually a sacred practice, but science has later found out that the aroma has medicinal properties as well.
Smudging was used in religious ceremonies, for space and body cleaning, protection, guidance, improving focus, shifting consciousness and personal exploration as well. People used a variety of plants and herbs that could break up the negative energy in a person or space and help them heal both mentally and physically.
According to Jane Alexander, an American author, smudging can:
- Eliminate negative energy;
- Reduce stress;
- Free yourself from toxic relationships;
- Improve your energy;
- Boost your hope and confidence;
- Protect you from negative influences;
- Help you relax and sleep better.
In her books, Alexander suggests that the practice was based on the premise that smoke can carry prayers to the heavens.
In general, people have been using a variety of herbs and plants for the process. Sage was used to neutralize negative energy, while holy basil and cedar leaves were used as purifiers for the body. Peppermint and pine needles were used as purifiers and for relaxation, while yarrow was used as a detox herb. Lemon balm can soothe stress and assist in spiritual cleansing, while mullein was used in order to boost the function of the respiratory system. Dessert chaparral was used to repel negative energy, while rose petals were burned to attract love.
Here’s how the process of smudging goes:
Cut a few branches of a herb or a plant in 7-10 inch pieces, then tie them with a piece of string cord and make sure they’re tight. The tips should be pointing down, and the cord should be wrapped around the base as well. Tie the cord ends at the base to keep everything secure, and leave the smudge stick on a sunny place to dry for a few weeks.
Once dry enough, light the tip of the stick. When the fire catches nicely, blow it out so it can smolder and start smoking. Fan the smoke over your body and all over your home, then put it in a small bowl and leave it to die out. If the process looks to complex for you, you can find prepared smudge sticks online.
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