Smudging has been a ritual and ceremonial practice used by cultures around the world for centuries. Plants are known to carry their own energy, just as our bodies and surroundings do. The art of smudging by burning dry sage herbs and focusing on our own rituals and prayers helps to clear negative unwanted energy. Bring in light, clarity and purpose to your living space by lighting a beautiful smudge stick and banishing bad energy.
When to Use your Smudge Stick
When you move into a new living space.
When you begin a new job or start your own business.
Before and after a guest enters your home.
Before and after a yoga or healing session.
After an argument or any illness.
Upon returning home from crowded situations.
How to Burn your Smudge Stick
Sage burning cleansing rituals can be as elaborate or as simple as you want them to be, but it’s of the highest importance that your intention be clear before you begin. If you are burning sage to purify a space, or a person (even yourself) then this needs to be clearly planted in your mind before you the light the sage, and while taking the smoke around a home, or through a space.
Use a heatproof plate or bowl to hold your smudge stick. Light your stick for a few seconds before extinguishing the flame and letting the smoke billow up. Be careful not to breathe in the smoke directly, and not to fill the area too thickly with smoke. Concentrate on gateway areas, such as windows, doors, closets, as well as hallways. Also concentrate on the corners of a room. Most importantly, use your intuition.
It is up to you to accompany your smudging with a chant or prayer. You can make up your own depending on your intent for smudging. If this is your first time, feel free to use the below example as a way to get you started.
"Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel."
After your Smudging Session
Try burning incense immediately after a smudging session. Sage has a more masculine/yang aspect and is nicely coupled by the feminine/yin aspect of incense. Also experiment with bell ringing or hand clapping in between smudging and incense burning for a total cleansing effect.