The Art of Smudging
The act of smudging goes back centuries whenever cleansing was needed to purify a home, environment or our own bodies. As a vibrational medicine, it cleanses and energizes the human energy field so that negativity and emotional/mental baggage are driven away. Smudging may be used on a daily basis or whenever ceremony or meditation is needed and its success is dependent upon respect for the plants and having a strong intent. The art of smudging is done using the energy of the plants/herbs and so, while most smudging is done with the smoke from the burnt herbs, a liquid preparation is also used when smoke is verboten or banned.
Smudging may be used:
- during emotional upheavals or difficult communications
- periodic uplifting of the home or other living spaces
- clearing negative energy left in home or office from visitors
- clearing the human energy field prior to ceremony or meditation
- cleansing/blessing objects brought into the home
To clear negative energy left by a person, an object or a strong negative emotion, use sacred smudging herbs for cleansing and clearing. The result is a feeling of balance, calm and centredness.
Whenever ceremony is performed, smudge in the form of sacred cleansing herbs, are always nearby to start the process. Ceremony, in this sense, is the act of going within to enrich one’s spiritual growth and healing. It is a situation where care for the inner and outer environment should be taken and so smudging is used to cleanse the space around and within us.
The herbs used are all herbs that have strong energy clearing qualities and so are excellent as a smudging ritual. Sage, on its own, or with a blend of other herbs will produce qualities of clearing, cleansing, protection and a focused, quiet mind. Cedar, Lavender, Mugwort and Sweetgrass are all herbs used in smudging.
At the Plant Medicine Shop, we use a blend of Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar, Nettles, and Lemongrass for our Liquid Smudge. These herbs give up their magical qualities of cleansing and protection to make this potent smudge.