Have you ever heard about smudging? The use of dried white sage however, is a 2,000 year old Indigenous American practice. Saging is also known as smudging. Its roots are in Native American cultures and traditions. It is a ritualistic way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences.
Here are some common herbs used in smudge stick
- White Sage: brings wisdom and is calming and healing.
- Lavender: used to attract positive energy and love.
- Juniper: used to purify and create a safe and sacred space.
- Cedar: Most commonly used when moving into a new space cedar is used for protection and clearing of negative energies.
- Yerba Santa: protects boundaries and clears the air of mold and impurities
- Rosemary: promotes health and memory
- Mugwort: stimulates dreams
- Copal: used to give thanks to the earth
Here’s a guide to help you get started.
Clear your space of clutter and mess and open up windows and curtains and allow for clean air to enter. Light your sage (or other herbs) on fire and then fan the smoke with your feather around your body and anyone else in your space.
Smudging has the ability to help clear away negative or stagnant energy in a space as well as:
- Leaving old relationships behind and move on to new one
- Celebrating different times of the year
- Waking up and greet the day full of confidence, energy, and hope
- Easing into the world of sweet dreams and deep, invigorating sleep
- Feeling more centered and protected from the world
Beautiful prayer to enlighten and enrich your smudging experience
May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.
May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.
May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.
May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.
May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.
And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens
Watch this video about smudging: