Sunday morning now equals Sunday smudging, in the Betty household.. and I’m loving my new routine!
The Native American practice of smudging (origins), or purifying an area with the smoke of dried herbs, can help clear negative energy that is held in that place.
Now, this is not just ‘hocus-pocus’ there is actual science behind ‘smudging’.
When you burn sage (as is commonly used/I use), or other herbs, they release negative ions which research has linked to creating positive moods in the brain!
In order to begin you will need three main supplies to smudge your house:
1. A smudge stick – I used a bunch of dried sage, which was with the set I bought;
2. Candle & something to light it with;
3. A fireproof container – I used an abalone shell, that was in the set that I bought (from Amazon, pictured below. How beautiful is my smudge set?! Candle was separate).
Here are the steps:
Step #1. Place the candle, the fireproof container and the smudge stick on a table, desk or any other appropriate surface. It is best if you create a sense of ceremony when you smudge your house, as well as find time when you will not be disturbed; 10-15 min should be enough.
Step #2. Light the candle and say a prayer or just focus your energy. Light the tip of your smudge stick with a candle light, then gently wave the stick in the air till the tip begins to smoulder.
Step #3. Hold the smudge stick over the fireproof container at all times in order to avoid any lit herbs falling on the floor. You can use a feather, if you have one, but usually just gently waving your hands to disperse the smoke is enough. Remind yourself to stay connected to your breathing throughout your smudging session.
Step #4. Go clockwise around your house (usually starting at the front door), and gently wave the smoke into the air. Spend a bit more time smudging the room corners, as they tend to accumulate stagnant energy. Be sure to also open the cupboard doors and carefully smudge inside.
Step #5. When you have smudged all areas of your house, come back to where you started and gently extinguish your smudge stick. I then usually leave the candle burning, to continue to purify the energy, but that is up to you!
There you go! Step by step how to smudge your space!
Enjoy your Sunday people!