Just like a long bath with your favourite oil, bubbles or lush bath bomb, smudging can ease your mind, soul and body into a more serene state. It is said that the smoke molecules realised in smudging attach themselves to negative energy and clear it away. Some believe it actually changes the molecular structure of that energy. You can smudge with a few different herbs but sage is most readily available. I picked up my first smudge stick back in October and since when I feel the need I love to do a quick cleanse of our space, it’s not something I feel the need to do every day but I do really enjoy it and I have seen many of the benefits (listed below) So let me talk you through how you can do it too.
- Open your at least one window in each room you are going to be smudging in. You don’t want to trap the smoke and negative energy in the room, you want to free it.
- Lite your smudge stick, allow it to catch flames so it is well lit. Then lightly blow out the flame and allow the sage to continue burning. If you find your sage doesn’t burn for long enough (I normally find this towards the middle of my smudge stick) then you can untie it and burn the dried leaves individually.
- Now you can walk around your space and, use your hands, waft the smoke around the room, particularly focusing on doorways and corners.
- If you are cleansing a person or yourself, work from foot to head.
- Some believe that you shouldn’t stop the sage from burning and that it goes out by itself when the space is cleansed. Others say to ground it in sand when you are done. Personally, I just balance it on an old candle lid till it’s done its thing.
Make sure to take care not to go to close to any curtains or flammable materials/ items. Make sure your sage is done burning before storing it. Basically, just be sensible people… No fires please!
- Helps when you have experienced conflicts.
- Helps you to experience a calm, meditative state.
- Helps with depression, anger, fear, frustration, resentfulness and grief.
- Rid a room of negative energy, creating a balanced atmosphere and distinguish an uncomfortable atmosphere.