What is smudging and how do I do it?

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I’m so excited, my neighbor and I got together tonight and made our first sage bundles. We even included flowers from our garden to give it some color and make it all colorful. I know they are not the prettiest sage bundles, but they were our first attempt and we had a lot of fun making them. That’s all that ever matters, right?

Initially I was going to make this a ‘How To’ post, but after I looked back on the photos I took, it seems we did more chatting and less paying attention on documenting step-by-step instructions. Which, I’ll be honest, is probably in anyone who’s reading this’ favor since we didn’t really know what we were doing. We picked sage, we wrapped some string around it, added some flowers, and TA-DA!

Once I realized this wasn’t going to be a post sharing instructions on how to make a bundle, I figured I would just share with you the point of smudging your space. So it’s said the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space. And the apparent benefits are steeped in science, when burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive mood. You cannot argue with science.

There is also a right and wrong way to smudge, but I’m not here to judge you on that, just to tell you a bit about it and how to do it. In traditional practice you will light the bundle with a wooden match, gently blow out the flame and then let it smolder. Make sure you have the bundle in a very safe dish, I prefer using an abalone shell, but if you’re just starting out, a bowl or ashtray will do the job. Again, not here to judge.

Next you want to cleanse yourself with the smoke to release the negative energy from your own body. If the smoke is too much for you, you can try using a feather so that you are using something pure to move the smoke around, just don’t use your breath if you’re not going to cleanse yourself first. You want to start at the front door and go clockwise, and then continue clockwise around the room. While doing so, you ask the smoke to keep the good energy and let the negative energy go. Once you get back to the front door, you wait a minuet or two, and then go outside and put the bundle out on the front step, and that’s just to keep the entrance protected.

That’s it; it’s that simple. I also use Palo Santo to smudge, which is a “holy wood” from Latin America that is also used to clear energy fields and has this amazing aroma to it. I’ll post more about that one at some other time.

Happy smudging, Lovebugs!

Xxo – N

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